Our time away from Children’s Minnesota and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare has come to an end and we are so happy to once again be working with the kids. While group classes are not an option just yet, we are able to bring back in-person programming by visiting each child in their hospital room.
Many guidelines are still in place requiring that we be fully vaccinated for flu and Covid. Masks and shields must be worn at all times and materials used while teaching must be new – which means our Art Takeout projects and Art Take2 classes fit this particular requirement perfectly.
If you’d like to support us as we once again bring in-person classes to the children we serve, please consider making a donation via our Donate link.
Breanna’s Gift programs are free to children and their families and to the facilities where are classes and workshops are held.
Here is a sampling of classes offered.
Dance classes are geared to every age group. We offer classes in ballet, tap, jazz, flamenco and of course, a little hip hop. Our teachers have developed a series of exercises and dance combinations to teach balance, coordination and rhythm as well as dance class discipline and etiquette. And there’s the most important lesson of all, how to have fun moving to music.
Music classes are taught using a variety of musical instruments. Our teachers share and bring their joy of music through, harp, guitar, piano and voice. In class, children sing and work with rhythm instruments.
Visual arts offer a wide range of opportunities for children to experience many techniques and styles of expression. Our teachers have many years of experience in metal sculpture, drawing, origami, watercolor, collage, puppetry and the list goes on. Every teacher has a great love of their craft and shares the joy of the arts by taking the children into the wonderful world of imagination and possibilities.
Once a month, one of our artists joins The Clubhouse, a Children’s Minnesota closed-circuit TV program seen in all patient rooms on both Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. The featured artist leads an art project or demonstration. Children can follow along or do the project later. The kids love to call in with requests and comments. It’s nothing but fun, fun, fun!