After School Programs

Community Education Partnership of West Valley City
Providing high quality out-of-school-time and after school community events for West Valley City families and students, resulting in increased opportunities for learning.

Why Should Citizens Support Afterschool in West Valley City?
  • Afterschool programs keep children safe during non-school hours.
  • Research shows that youth are most likely to engage in risky behaviors (drinking alcohol, smoking, using drugs, and engaging in sexual activity) in afterschool hours.
  • Afterschool programs provide opportunities for youth to enhance and apply their academic skills.
  • Research shows that youth who participate in afterschool programs show an increase in attendance, grades, and positive behavior during regular school hours.
  • Cities need an educated workforce to attract business and sustain economic development.
Community Education Partnership
More information about the Community Education Partnership of West Valley City and its programs is available online.

Afterschool Events at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center
Join us for this cultural review of the diverse music, dance, and religious traditions of Middle Eastern countries. Presenters include Katherine St John of Eastern Arts and Maysa Kerge of the Islamic Speakers Bureau. Students will also have a chance to bake and sample traditional sweet treats! This presentation is appropriate for all ages and is offered from 9am- 5pm. A tour of nearby Khadeeja Islamic Center and Mosque, and presentation by Imam Mehtar is available from 10:45 a.m. - Noon. 1019 W. Parkway Ave. (2495 S-access) in West Valley City.

January 21, ARTrageous Dance, with the Neta Dance Company, 1 p.m.
Join visiting dancers from The Neta Dance Company as they present a lively matinee performance of contemporary dance. The Neta Dance Company: founded in New York City in 1986 by Juilliard graduate and Israel native Neta Pulvermacher. Neta and her company have gone on to push the boundaries of dance by merging movement, philosophy, science, music, intuition, narrative and imagery to suggest new meanings and possibilities. This program is offered in partnership with Sugarspace Studio for the Arts, and will be held at Granger High Main Stage 3690S 3600 W. The one hour performance and lecture / demonstration will begin at 1 p.m.

February 8, Contemporary African American Art, reservations available throughout the day
Local African American Art collector Gordon Dew will lead guided tours through an exciting exhibition of works by contemporary African American artists. Following the tour, students will join local artist Erica Houston to further explore African American art in a fun, and thought provoking hands on visual art experience.

February 15, ARTrageous Breakdancing, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. afterschool program only
Breakdance or breaking is a street-based dance that incorporates intricate body movements, coordination, style, and aesthetics. The people who perform this style of dance are known as b-boys or b-girls. Join our local b-boy team as they demonstrate their skill and teach basic moves. This program is sure to be a fun experience for all!

March 29, ARTrageous Shakespeare, 10 - 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 - 5 p.m. afterschool program
Students are invited to enjoy a 75minute presentation of Macbeth, presented by the Utah Shakespearean Festival’s Shakespeare-in-the Schools program. The performance is offered at 10:30 am and again at 3:30pm. Also included is a fifteen-minute post-show discussion with the actors, and optional workshops in Stage Combat, Performing Shakespeare's Text, and Developing Character through Improvisation. (Workshop space is limited to 30 students per workshop. Reservations will be made on a first come first served basis.) *

May 3, FIESTA! 10 - 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 - 5 p.m. afterschool program
Join us for this celebration of Mexican culture in our community, including a stage presentation of Ballet Folklorico and Aztec ritual dance of Mexico. The 90 minute program includes a hands-on dance experience with students learning Cumbia dance.

July 12, Face of Utah Sculpture Exhibit, reservations available throughout the day
This exhibit explores the most exciting and recent works of over 50 Utah sculptors. One of the exhibiting sculptors will lead a guided tour of the 2009 exhibit, followed by a hands-on, 3-D, sculpture making activity. This is a great activity for summer camp programs.

(This schedule lists ARTrageous Tuesday program offerings as they are currently scheduled for the 2010-11 school year. Adjustments may be necessary to accommodate unforeseen changes in presenter’s schedules. Additional programs may be announced as new opportunities become available, or additional days may be added in response to high demand. Details and final schedule will be confirmed at the time of reservation. Reservations are required for all groups).

*Please note that in addition to the ARTrageous Tuesdays program, student tours of the exhibits (without a hands-on arts experience) may be scheduled at ANY time during the exhibition period, Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

2011 Gallery Exhibition Schedule
January 13 - March 1 Contemporary African-American Art
March 10 - April 26 Mary Atwater Weaver’s Guild
May 5 - June 21 AAUW Exhibit (American Association of University Women)
June 30 - August 16 Face of Utah Sculpture VII
August 25 - October 11 99 Most Beautiful Names
October 20 - November 3 Day of the Dead Altar, 2011
November 16 - January 3, 2012 Trees of Diversity 2011

Contact Susan Klinker, Program Director, for more information, to confirm reservations, or to sign up for update e-mail announcements about ARTrageous Tuesdays programs. 801-965-5101.

January 11, Middle East Exploration, reservations available throughout the day. For Reservations, contact Anna Cutler, 801-965-5083.