Aimee baker, Education Coordinator at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, displaying some of the clay creations made by one of the many kids arts classes at NCCCA.
The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts offers classes in a wide ranging selection of the arts, and they have several resources to make those classes accessible, even to those who couldn’t normally afford them.
Between the United Way, Youth Bureau, and private funding, the NCCCA offers scholarships to about 20 percent of the people who typically take their courses. Youth Bureau scholarships are available to children and teens, while the NCCCA has more leeway when it comes to their private grants.
“At the art center we provide a really broad range of programs, and our programs have participants who are from age about two years old two, to we have a woman who just joined us who is in her eighties,” said Aimee Baker, Education Coordinator at NCCCA. “We really cover a broad range. We have classes in clay, theater, music, visual arts, dance, so we have a really broad range of arts programming here.”
NCCCA accepts scholarship applications from anyone, but they also work specifically with the Ted K Center through the Plattsburgh Housing Authority to help identify at-need children, and help them fill out the scholarship application. NCCCA staff then review the application to make sure they qualify for the specific grant.
“I would stress that we, as much as possible, try to figure out a way to help people take the classes. Most of our funding really is for youth, but we do try to figure out ways for other people to take classes; so we have people taking private voice lessons, violin lessons, and those are really not accessible to some people unless there is financial help,” said Baker.
To qualify for the youth bureau funding a class has to run at least five sessions, two hours per session, on weekends. Classes at NCCCA however do run at various times and various days throughout the week.
“We do it because we feel that the arts are really important to Plattsburgh, it’s really important that people have access to the arts, to participate as learners, and in the arts,” she said.
People interested in seeing what classes are available at the NCCCA should consult their website, www.plattsburgharts.org, or could call the NCCCA at 563-1604. They are located on Brinkerhoff Street, next door to The Strand Theatre.