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Carthage College Summer Arts Programs a Hit at BGCK

Kenosha, WI – August 10, 2021 – For the second consecutive summer, Carthage College partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha to run four week-long art programs for youth ages 6-12 throughout the month of July. In total, 90 unique members participated in the various art camps. This partnership was made possible thanks to support from the Shirley Madrigrano & Natalie Lee Performing & Visual Fine Arts Funds.

“The support from the Performing Arts Fund has created opportunities for Carthage graduate students and new professionals to collaborate with the BGCK in creative experiences,” said Dr. Corinne Ness, coordinator of the Carthage Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy Master’s program and Dean for the Division of Arts and Humanities at Carthage College. “These experiences help students to use creative tools to express themselves, develop social-emotional skills as well as arts performance skills. Carthage is thrilled to work with the BGCK to provide arts experiences.”

In singing camp participants explored two ensemble pieces in music theatre style. Students learned how to have a healthy, vibrant voice while building confidence and self-esteem. This camp was led by Carthage music theatre specialist, Katie Grogg, who spent a year singing Elsa from Frozen with Disney Cruise Lines. Kenosha-native, Rachel Skowronski, taught the class as well.

Beginners and experienced dancers had a blast learning music theatre choreography with Carthage music theatre specialist, Leah Gawel. In dance camp, participants learned basic and intermediate steps while having fun telling a story through dance. This program built confidence and self-esteem while learning how to be expressive and creative.

Carthage theatre educator and award-winning actor, Tommy Novak, led the theatre camp complete with games and activities. Participants explored the world of theatre creatively while gaining skills that promote confidence and self-esteem.

Carthage artists, Noemi Norman and Max Kellerhalls, led classes that explored visual arts and creativity. Participants used different mediums to create art. This program built confidence in students as they learned how to explore and create.

“Dr. Corinne Ness and Carthage College have proven to be a valuable resource in providing the children exposure to different experiences with various art forms at the Club,” said co-founders of the Shirley Madrigrano & Natalie Lee Performing & Visual Fine Arts Funds, Joe Madrigrano and Bob Lee, Jr.

The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is a youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting health, social, educational, vocational, cultural, character and leadership development. The Club helps youth improve their lives by building skills, values and self-esteem. When you support the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, you support the kids who need us the most and their great futures ahead. Visit to donate today.