On May 16, the RSF Women’s Fund fully funded the NTC Foundation-Liberty School grant request for $37,600. These funds will be used to maintain funding for art instructors, supplies and leadership for the Liberty School program. Since 2007, The Liberty School at the NTC Foundation has maintained a successful record of educating at-risk students and students of the Juvenile Court System through art, dance, photography and karate.
The Liberty School shares space at the NTC Promenade, formerly the Navy Training Center in Point Loma, which has been transformed into a vibrant arts and culture district encompassing over 40 art, dance, music, science, math, technology and cultural organizations. Some of these include Jean Isaac’s San Diego Dance Theater, Malashock Dance, U.S. Karate Academy, California Space Grant Foundation, Quilt Visions and ARTS: A Reason to Survive. These organizations are working with students from ALBA (Alternative Learning for Behavior and Attitude), JCCS (Juvenile Court and Community Schools) and 3rd graders from Dewey Elementary School providing them hands-on enrichment based curriculum that allows the students to express themselves creatively.
The students may come by one bus, or sometimes three buses, but come they do. The result is an attendance rate of 98 percent among eligible students, outstanding for this student population.
Once they arrive, students get the opportunity to create art while gaining technical expertise from professional artists and, at the same time, developing their own skills. The hope is that students will apply these newly learned skills to real world situations in his or her life, thereby improving their individual sense of self-worth.
The NTC Promenade is open to the public and offers numerous shows, dance and art classes and galleries. For more information, please visit their website at www.ntcpromenade.org.