In addition to a full schedule of classes and private instruction at the Center, Darlington reaches out to children with special needs and economically disadvantaged youth living in the urban areas of Chester and West Chester.
“The daily struggles of these children are endless,” writes one of our partner schools, “however, we want them to know that they are capable of making a difference in their lives.” Our programs provide a stable force in the lives of these children, enhancing intellectual, social, and emotional learning. Learn more about our programs by downloading our Annual Report.
Literacy through Songwriting Program
Thanks to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for funding our innovative arts-integration program. The Teacher and Artist Partnership (TAP) supports long-term, in-depth interaction between professional teaching artists, students, teachers, and others through workshops and classes. Our partnership brings together Darlington teaching artist Geri Smith and Chester County Family Academy teacher Nicole Riess. Together, Ms. Smith and Ms. Riess create and implement units related to literacy that are explored through vocal music and songwriting. Check out their original song (one of many) below!
The Chester Theater Arts Program
Since 1998, the Chester Theater Arts Program brings music, dance and drama training annually to 100 children and youth, ages 5 to 18 living in the city of Chester. Located at the Chester Charter School for the Arts (CCSA), this program meets during the school year, every Saturday. The program provides additional exposure to the arts through performance opportunities, guest artists, and cultural field trips.
With instruments generously donated by the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, Darlington currently offers Suzuki violin instruction in three elementary schools: Stetser Elementary School and Chester Charter School of the Arts (CCSA) in the city of Chester, and the Chester County Family Academy in West Chester.
These outreach programs are fully funded through grants and individual donations. If you would like to help support arts education through Darlington, please contact the office at 610-358-3632 or donate online here.