Home and Art Academy to stay spooky after Halloween
*Editor’s note: Two names were misspelled in this article. They have been corrected online.
Greensboro’s The Home and Art Academy (THAAA) invites children to have twice the fun this Halloween for its first Halloween Costume Glow Party on Friday, Nov. 1 from 7:30-9 p.m. Co-owner Tara Wilson said that the $10 ticket price includes glow pops, games, candy, snacks and a live DJ for a night of fun and dancing. She said all ages are welcome to have fun without having to worry about school the next day. (Small children be accompanied by an adult all during the event.)
Wilson and co-owner Deon King saw a need for a program that offered after-school tutoring and summer camp along with a focus on the areas of art, culinary skills and home economics. Wilson said they came up with the idea for a glow party because most extracurricular activities in this area were focused on sports. She said they wanted to serve as an outlet for kids to engage in art and home economics because “there are so many talented kids that enjoy drawing, painting, cooking and more,” however, many of them do not have the means or the resources to express it. Wilson and King opened The Home and Art Academy in September 2018 while they continued to work on the building. She said they welcomed their first group of students in January 2019.
“We are really, really big on creativity,” Wilson said. “The goal of our program is to offer a safe and structured learning environment that promotes fun, growth and a creative learning experience.”
Wilson said that THAAA’s programs include art, culinary skills, home economics, Spanish and sign language for grades two through 12. She said that tutoring and EOG/SAT prep is offered and times may be worked out based on parents’ need. Summer Camps are for grades 1-6 and are offered Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. After-school care for grades K-8 is offered on weekdays as well and includes a snack, arts and crafts, computer usage, video games, homework assistance and tutoring. Tuition pricing may be found online along with registration details for after school classes and summer camp.
Wilson said that they also offer etiquette classes for children, which include learning table manners, learning how to set the table and understanding restaurant vocabulary. At summer camp, the kids get to go swimming every Tuesday and go on a field trip every Thursday. Wilson said the field trips so far have included Bumper Jumpers, Greensboro Historical Museum, Blandwood Mansion, The Spot For Fitness, Camp Candy, Skate Land USA, Triad Lanes Bowling Alley and the UniverSoulCircus.
Along with other events that they host throughout the year, Wilson said they also rent the THAAA space for private parties on weekends. She said that the rental fee includes table and chair set-up, free Wi-Fi and a full kitchen. Hands-on experiences in art, baking, cooking and other entertainment services are available on request. They welcome Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, church groups, dance teams and youth programs.
Wilson said that for anyone interested in learning modern-day calligraphy, they would have a Hand Lettering Workshop for beginners ($35) on Nov. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a professional instructor. The ticket price includes supplies and refreshments.
She said that for those interested in supporting the academy can find T-shirts for kids and adults on THAAA’s website. In addition, Wilson’s 7-year-old son and author Jayce Ellerbe has a coloring book called “God is Super Cool,” illustrated by Kierstin Brackett that is available for purchase in the online shop.
Wilson wants to invite local business owners to share their success stories with the kids at a summer camp in 2020 so that the children are aware of what’s in their local area. She said this past year, they had guest speakers every week and that the kids “really opened up to all the entrepreneurial teachings.”
Wilson said The Home and Art Academy also enjoys giving back to those in need. This year, THAAA plans to donate Halloween treat bags to the youth at local shelters. Last year, they donated Christmas gifts and Easter baskets to children at local shelters. They also accept donations for THAAA to help them continue helping underprivileged kids.
“Life is not about the amount of money that you make,” Wilson said. “It’s all about the difference you’re making and the opportunities you’re providing. Our goal at The Home and Art Academy is to bring out the best in every child, embracing creativity and continuing to dream big. Every child has the potential to have a bright future, despite their circumstances. We just have to encourage them to believe it…even if it’s an untraditional approach.”
She said that for the future, “We just plan on continuing to grow and impacting the youth in our community in a positive way.”
TERRY RADER is a freelance writer, poet, singer/songwriter, wellness herbalist, women’s flower essences/energy clearings practitioner and owner of Paws n’ Peace o’ Mind cat/dog/house sitting.
Wanna go? Nov. 1, 7:30-9 p.m., Halloween Glow Costume Party ($10), Nov. 9, 5-7 p.m., Hand-lettering Workshop for Beginners ($35), The Home and Art Academy, 5415-D W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, (336)763-2001 Hours: Mon.-Fr., 2:30-6 p.m., Sat., Sun. closed, except for special events.