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Hello Friends of Green Street,

Today I’m excited to announce that Green Street has become the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center–Green Street TLC. This structure better represents the work we do in Middletown and also allows us to grow our programs in the arts, math, and sciences for kids, teachers, and our broader community.

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The arts are still very much at the heart of what we do at Green Street. We want to make sure our friends understand that this name change does not change what we’re already doing, it simply better reflects our full scope of work and also opens up new ways for us to grow.

We will continue our Discovery AfterSchool Program, which serves 80 Middletown students in Grades 1-8 each year with diverse classes in the arts, sciences, and math; our Private Lessons Program, and our Green Street-to-Go Residency Program that brings teaching artists into community organizations to engage their clients and residents.

We will build on our programming with the Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS) who has lived at Green Street for two years now and the CT Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools who are approaching their fourth year with Green Street. Science safety workshops, which have served over 200 teachers since my arrival nearly two years ago, and the Intel Math Institute that prepares K-8 teachers for Common Core implementation will continue.

We have linked Wesleyan to the local community for ten years and look forward to an even more rewarding collaboration in the years to come. We want to make sure you know about all the opportunities awaiting you at the Teaching and Learning Center.

For more information on any of our programs, please explore our updated website at  www.wesleyan.edu/greenstreet or come visit us.

Thank you and we look forward to working more with you in the future.

Sara MacSorley
Director, Green Street Teaching and Learning Center

P.S. – It may take a little while to make sure our name is updated everywhere, please be patience as we make the switch and feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have in the meantime.

Its that time of year, time to sign up for Discovery AfterSchool! We are accepting registration appointments for the Spring 2015 Semester of our Discovery AfterSchool Program. Please call us today to set up your appointment: 860-685-7871.

The Spring Semester runs from January 26 – May 8, 2015.


Here is the diverse list of available classes for the spring. Don’t forget to sign up for homework help Mondays-Thursdays too.

  • African Drumming (Grades 3-8 on Thursdays)
  • Art and Food (Grades 1-3 on Fridays)
  • Art and Science (Grades 3-8 on Mondays, Grades 1-3 on Tuesdays)
  • Art Around the World (Grades 1-3 on Thursdays, Grades 3-5 on Fridays)
  • Beginning Breakdance (Grades 1-3 on Mondays)
  • Beginning Hip Hop (Grades 1-3 on Fridays)
  • Capoeira (Grades 1-3 on Thursdays, Grades 3-5 on Wednesdays)
  • Choreography (Grades 3-5 on Thursdays)
  • Chorus (Grades 1-5 on Fridays)
  • Computer Art (Grades 1-3 on Wednesdays, Grades 3-5 on Thursdays)
  • Environmental Art (Grades 1-3 on Wednesdays)
  • Exploring the River (Grades 3-5 on Fridays)
  • Improv Theater (Grades 3-8 on Wednesdays)
  • Intermediate Breakdance (Grades 3-8 on Wednesdays)
  • Intermediate Hip Hop (Grades 3-8 on Tuesdays)
  • Kids in the Kitchen (Grades 6-8 on Thursdays)
  • Multimedia Art (Grades 6-8 on Mondays)
  • Musical Mentoring (Grades 1-5 on Mondays and Tuesdays): During these lessons with a Wesleyan University student musician (often on a one-on-one basis), children will study a musical instrument. Students will be allowed to borrow an instrument to practice at home– at no extra cost! After a rich, semester-long musical experience, many students will participate in a recital performance.
  • Picasso and Math (Grades 3-5 on Tuesdays)
  • Science Club (Grades 1-3 on Thursdays)
  • Simple Stylin’ Fashion Design (Grades 3-5 on Mondays, Grades 6-8 on Wednesdays)
  • Sign Language (Grades 1-3 on Tuesdays)
  • Wesleyan Bound (Grade 6-8 on Fridays): This class exposes students to the college experience via weekly visits to Wesleyan University. Students meet student leaders, tour science labs and art galleries, and more.
  • Yoga (Grades 1-3 on Mondays)

There is a non-refundable $25 registration fee. For program fees, we do have financial assistance for those who qualify. For any questions, please call our front desk.

Kiene is one of our Middlesex Community College interns this semester and we asked him to share some of his experience with us. It has been great watching him learn more about working kids and learn more about himself. Here is his second guest post.

If you’re interested in signing your child up for Discovery AfterSchool classes, our spring semester registration will open the week of December 8th. Call us today to set up an appointment.

The Kids of Green Street

Green Street definitely helps serve as a getaway for the kids that are part of the Discovery AfterSchool Program. With such a wide variety of classes offered, there is truly something for everyone to do. That is one of the great benefits of having a place like Green Street in Middletown. It gives each individual kid the opportunity to find a class that best suits them and provides a safe place for self-expression.

After watching the kids participate in these classes for weeks, I thought it would be an awesome idea to give the kids in the program a platform to share their favorite things about Green Street. The middle school kids are what I like to call program “veterans”. Most of them have essentially grown up in the program and really gotten the chance to experience a lot of what Green Street has to offer. One of the students I talked with made mention of her love for the Musical Mentoring Program. She spoke to me about how much she loved the step-by-step approach to learning to play the piano and that she feels like she is beginning to master the instrument. Another one of the sixth grade students beamed with excitement as she told me about the Wesleyan Bound Program she attends as one of her AfterSchool classes. Going to classes on the Wesleyan campus and getting to learn with her friends were just a few of the many things that made this particular student so enthused about the class.

Getting to have fun and learn amongst the company of friends was a reoccurring theme in my conversations with the kids. A fifth grade student shared these feelings along with a love for his the Computer-Aided Art class. He mentioned who much he enjoys getting to learn about computers – how they work and all the different things you can do with them.

Even the littlest members of the Green Street family have very specific opinions about what makes Green Street an awesome place. Dancing and Art topped the list for one of the first graders. He highlighted that drawing fish in Art class is he area of expertise but made sure to mention that his artistic ability stretches way beyond that.

As many rounds of interviewing came to an end, one thing was very clear about how the kids of Green Street felt about the Discovery AfterSchool Program. Not only do they appreciate it, but they genuinely love the time they spend at Green Street. Hearing all these kids proudly explain their answers to my questions reconfirmed to me how great of a place Green Street is for the youth of Middletown. Knowing that the kids are taking away such great things from AfterSchool, makes it all the better working with them. After hearing about all the fun things the kids do on a daily basis, I know that the sky is the limit for every single one of the kids involved at Green Street.

Kiene is one of our Middlesex Community College interns this semester and we asked him to share some of his experience with us. It has been great watching him learn more about working kids and learn more about himself. Here is his first guest post.

Then vs. Now

Prior to getting involved with the Green Street Discovery AfterSchool Program, I knew that I liked kids but I had no idea how much I’d enjoy working with them. I did a lot of second guessing toward the beginning of this internship experience. I second guessed myself and what I was capable of when it came to effectively working with the kids. As time went on however, I began to realize that I had sold myself very short. It only took a few days at Green Street for me to come to the realization that working with kids is not only something that I enjoyed but it is also definitely something I could handle.

What has played such a major part in that realization is my ability to connect with the kids and that I’ve made it a point to really get to know and talk with them. I vividly remember being around the age of the kids in the program. I guess you can say that somewhere deep inside me still lies that little kid that wanted nothing more than to be taken seriously by anyone older than me. Although that might sound a little cliche, I honestly think it has a lot to do with my success this semester.

I didn’t come into this internship with thoughts of ruling with an iron fist. I really wanted to go in,  get to know the kids I was working with, and makes strides in truly making a difference in at least one life if not more. Even through all the occasional attitude and misbehaving, I can see that the kids of Green Street appreciate that I’ve taken the time to see them as individuals.

My experience at Green Street has shown me all the great potential that kids possess and that it is important to make sure that they are just as aware of it as everyone else around them. It has been a great pleasure to watch all the kids in the program progress over these past couple months and be welcomed into their world with open arms. Its been great to get hands on experience with this particular community  and learn some things about myself in the process. I wouldn’t change a single thing about my time at Green Street.


Ornament decorating workshop courtesy of Middletown Parks & Recreation Dept at Green Street Arts Center.

Kids can decorate an ornament for FREE to place on their tree at home or give as a gift.

Saturday, December 13, 2014




Green Street accepted a $5,000 award today from Liberty Bank. Liberty Bank has been a long time supporter of our Discovery AfterSchool Program. Their funds help provide scholarships for students who need financial assistance to attend our program.

Our kids thank you, Liberty Bank!


You are invited to…

Middletown Potluck’s Fall Festival at the Green Street Arts Center!

The fall theme is Where do you call home?

bring your appetite, stories, and a dish to share!

Saturday, November 1st from 5-8pm

Location: 51 Green Street

If you have any questions please email at middletownpotluck@gmail.com





The Heart Gallery is a traveling exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care.


The Heart Gallery is a collaborative project of over 120 Heart Galleries across the United States designed to provide permanency for children needing homes in our community. Professional photographers have volunteered their time and talent to photograph the children in care. The Heart Gallery model is being replicated in many communities across the country. Although many of our children were removed from abusive and neglectful situations, they still have hope. They love to laugh, to learn, and to be with their friends. Most of all, they hope to find a stable home and family connection.

The CT exhibit is a collection of various photographs of children who are medically complex, have siblings or are young adolescents to older teens. These children all have one wish in common, to find a permanent connection with a family.

Opening reception will be on Thursday, October 2nd from 6-8pm

The exhibit will run from October 2- October 29, 2014

Gallery hours: Monday – Friday 9a.m.-3:00p.m.


If you would like to know more about foster care and adoption program, please email: Jacqueline Ford, Heart GalleryExhibit Coordinator, jacqueline.ford@ct.gov or, you may call 1-888-KID-HERO.


Green Street Sound Production Class “Shaping Sounds”

Instructor: John Bergeron

Location: Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street, Middletown CT

Thursdays from 1:30-4:30pm for 10 weeks

Start date: September 25, 2014

Class fee: $550 per student

Registration deadline: September 22, 2014

Class size: 4-6 students, 4 minimum enrollment

Class Description: Learn how to record a song from start to finish at the Green Street Arts Center Sound Studio. Our professional sound engineer, John Bergeron has recorded many albums of his own and has worked as a session player for keyboards, an arranger of strings and horns, a producer, and a recording engineer over the years. He’s recorded in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, London, and more.

This 10 week class will teach you the techniques of sound production using ProTools software and plug ins. You’ll also learn nuanced parts of the of the process like how to get the best work out of musicians in the studio.

The class will start with learning the tools and etiquette of the studio. Once students are acclimated to the equipment, John will demo the process of recording a song step by step. Students in the class will identify singer songwriters or guitarists at Wesleyan to serve as guest artists for the class. Guest artists will receive a free recording session and a copy of the final song.

Once the demo is complete, the class becomes very hands on. Each student gets to go through the process of recording a guest artist with guidance from John. You’ll get to pick the artist, set up the studio, record, edit, mix, and master the song.

If interested, call today! 860-685-7871 or gsac@wesleyan.edu. Open to all majors.

We are looking for a student intern who can help us better promote our fantastic programs and events. We want to make sure everyone on campus and downtown knows about the cool stuff we’re up to at Green Street and we need some help to do that. Applicants must be strong communicators in person and in writing, self-motivated, and outgoing.

Students are welcome to use our computer labs to work as long as they are available. It would be best to have a student who is able to work from his or her own laptop either at Green Street or off-site.

Responsibilities include:

  • Design easy-to-edit flyers for program promotion
  • Post flyers around campus and downtown
  • Design monthly calendar for promotion
  • Share program and event information online
  • Assist in managing social media – Facebook and Twitter (familiarity with TweetDeck a plus)
  • Assist with website management, updates
  • Write regular stories about Green Street programs for our blog, interviews with students, artists, etc.
  • Photograph and record events as needed

Skills required:

  • Microsoft Office
  • WordPress
  • Cascade (preferred, can provide training)
  • Facebook, Twitter, TweetDeck (preferred)

Please email Green Street Director, Sara MacSorley at smacsorley@wesleyan.edu if you’re interested with a copy of your resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample. You can also send samples of event photographs and/or videos. This is an unpaid internship but students can receive .25 academic credits through CSPL493.

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