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Afterschool Programs

The Club Wingspan afterschool model has been developed and refined over the years, and although programs may look similar on the outside, they are tailored specifically to each school community. This model owes its success to our Site Directors and assistants who facilitate daily program management, and our roster of talented teaching artists, who are able to focus on the arts instruction that they do best. Club Wingspan allows all students a chance to broaden their arts learning, and with classes like Rock Band, Karate, Mini Musical and Pop Art, you never know what to expect with each new semester of afterschool.

What is Club Wingspan?
Club Wingspan is an on-site afterschool program at your school!  We offer arts enrichment activities for students every day that school is in session, and our programs run until 6PM.  Wingspan Arts is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and our programs are fully-insured.

Who is at my school?
Each Wingspan Arts afterschool program has a Site Director, who is on-site at your child’s school every day from school dismissal until 6PM, Monday – Friday.  They are your Wingspan points of contact, and can be reached via email and cell phone when programs are in session. 

Each Wingspan Arts class is led by one of our amazing Teaching Artists, who are working professional artists and educators.

Every program also has Site Assistants and Assistant Teaching Artists, who help supervise the guided play and structured activities before and after their enrichment classes, as well as providing support during their classes too!

What does a typical day look like?
Wingspan starts the moment your child is dismissed from school, and runs until 6:00PM!

SCHOOL DISMISSAL – 3:30PM: PRE-CLUB
Your child is either picked up by Wingspan staff, or dropped off by their classroom teacher at a general meeting area right when the school day ends! During these transition times, students have access to games, art supplies, and outdoor areas when the weather cooperates!  We also have a space set aside for students to work on homework at this time.

Does Wingspan provide a snack?
Yes! Wingspan provides your child with a snack every day!  We offer a variety of snacks each and every day.

3:30 – 5:00PM: CLUB TIME (times may shift depending on school)
During this time, your child attends their arts-enrichment class.  These 90-minute classes are taught by Wingspan Teaching Artists.  All Wingspan TAs are professional NYC actors, musicians, dancers, painters, etc!

What are the classes like?
Wingspan offers classes across the artistic spectrum: music, dance, drama, and visual arts.  We also run classes in sports, culinary arts, and hands-on science, occasionally in partnership with other organizations.  Each 90-minute class includes several different activities to keep your child engaged, entertained, and educated! For our class selection, please see your school’s class schedule.

5:00 – 6:00PM: AFTERCLUB & PICK-UP
You can pick up your child anytime between 5:00 and 6:00 PM.  During this time, we also have art supplies, games, and play equipment for supervised free time! Please note: ALL students MUST be picked up by 6:00 PM.  Pickups after 6:00PM can result in late fees.

Each Wingspan Arts class is working toward a final presentation, performance or gallery – some presentation of the skills they have been acquiring and mastering throughout the semester.  Wingspan hosts a culminating community event at the end of each school year to showcase the talents and hard work of the students at your school!

Is there homework help?
While our site staff is more than happy to answer homework questions, Wingspan is not an academic program.  We do not offer tutoring or homework instruction.

Are there programs on half-days or school breaks?
Wingspan does offer programming on NYC half-days, which must be signed up for separately.  Wingspan does not have  programs during school breaks.

Any questions?  Email us at afterschool@wingspanarts.org!



Check out class descriptions for individual schools in the download list on the right hand side of this page.