Youngstown State University’s Students Motivated by the Arts program presents a series of free community drum circles this spring that is open to the public.
Wednesday, March 27, 7 p.m., The Drum Smith, 576 Youngstown Poland Rd., Struthers.
Wednesday, April 10, 7 p.m., St. Patrick’s Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave., Youngstown.
Friday, April 19 5 p.m., Motter’s Music, 4242 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Canfield.
Wednesday, April 24 7 p.m., The Drum Smith, 576 Youngstown Poland Rd., Struthers.
Friday, May 3, 7 p.m., St. Patrick’s Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave., Youngstown.
The events, free and open to the public, will include interactive drumming and refreshments and will be facilitated by SMARTS Beats Facilitator Ed Davis, assisted by SMARTS Beats teachers overseen by Leslie Cusano, SMARTS program coordinator.
SMARTS Beats is a SMARTS Rhythms program funded by the Hine Memorial Fund at the Youngstown Foundation. SMARTS Beats is a percussion-based learning program for PK-12 students with multiple disabilities including physical, learning, developmental, cognitive, and behavioral challenges. SMARTS Beats uses hand drums and other percussion instruments to engage students by promoting academic leaning, increasing musical knowledge, fostering a sense of community and developing pride, confidence and satisfaction. SMARTS Beats partner locations include the Mollie Kessler School, Easter Seals, Boardman Center Middle School Multiple Disability Unit, Leonard Kirtz, the Mahoning County Educational Service Center Preschool, Youngstown City Schools Pre-School, Potential Development, and Summit Academy.
SMARTS is a community art school located in the DeYor Performing Arts Center in the heart of downtown Youngstown. Overseen by the colleges of Fine and Performing Arts and the Beeghly College of Education at YSU, SMARTS seeks to motivate students to succeed in all areas of life by teaching them the discipline and focus that creating art requires. SMARTS classes are free and open to the public by application. For more information or to learn more about SMARTS, call 330-941-ARTS or visit www.fpa.ysu.edu/smarts.