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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 home. 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.

We are looking for several students who could cover our front desk this year for evening and weekend events. This would be a great job for a work-study student and could also be a paid position. The schedule varies week to week. For the fall, most Tuesdays we will need someone from 5:30pm-9:30pm.

We are looking for people who are professional, and organized. The first stop for all our visitors is the front desk so we need personable people representing us there. We work with a wide variety of audiences so a respect and understanding for diversity is a necessity.

Applicants should be skilled in Microsoft Office and Outlook. Spanish-speaking applicants are preferred. Students will have to get to and from Green Street on their own. During our Discovery AfterSchool Program, there are Wesleyan vans available for transport. For later evening coverage, we can also arrange for rides from Public Safety.

Responsibilities include:

  • Greeting visitors
  • Collecting event data
  • Answering the phone, forwarding calls, taking messages
  • Monitoring Green Street general email and social media
  • Assisting with Discovery AfterSchool Program dismissal
  • Checking in private lesson/class/workshop students and instructors
  • Event set up and clean up, preparing building for open/close

Please email Green Street Director, Sara MacSorley at smacsorley@wesleyan.edu if you’re interested with a copy of your resume. Rolling deadline but will review first applications for a September 1st start date.




Our Rainbow Music Class with Miss Veronica Voorhies is back at Green Street this fall with a special river theme.

Based on feedback from parents we’re including more movement this time around to complement the music and also a playlist for parents to take home.

Please see attached flyer for details and call us today to sign up. Deadline to register is Monday, September 1 and space is limited! $60 for a 6 week class, sibling discount available.


This summer, I had the pleasure of spending a week with a group of incredible women – 10 young campers, 2 artists, 3 science college students, a biologist, a biochemist, and a physicist. That week was the first ever Green Street Girls in Science Summer Camp and ladies, it was a hit!


Have you ever heard of oobleck? It’s a material that acts like a solid in some situations and a liquid in others (a physics phenomenon known as non-Newtonian liquids). Young girls made oobleck at Green Street last week and got to watch it liquify in their hands, harden to a solid when they dropped it on the table, and dance on a speaker when hit with just the right frequency.

One of them described the experience in her lab notebook – “I noticed that it melted in my hand. When it was in the cup it was hard but then when it was in my hand it melted! I had a great day and I want to be a scientist.”

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Green Street education staff, biology professor Ruth Johnson, chemistry professor Erika Taylor, and physics professor Christina Othon designed the program. It was important for us to have the girls do real science and to expose them to a variety of careers in science along the way. We also worked with two of our Green Street teaching artists Lindsay Behrens and Meredith Arcari to use art projects to reinforce science concepts – like the parts of a bacterial cell or the structures of insects.

We learned about insects, life cycles, bacteria, DNA mutations, states of matter, non-Newtonian solids, light, and more. Did you know spiders aren’t technically insects? They have too many legs!

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The girls learned how to use scientific tools like lab notebooks, pipets, and microscopes. The girls set up experiments involving fruit fly diets and bacterial transformation of DNA. We spent a day in the science laboratories on the Wesleyan campus and had lunch with visiting scientists and engineers.

We had 10 campers in Grades 4 - 6 join us, totally free of charge thanks to a generous grant from the Petit Family Foundation. Some of them came in already excited about science, others were a bit quiet at first. By the end of the week, all of them were ready to look into science jobs when they grew up.


The science-filled week was inspiring and reminded me of that first “spark” of science for myself as a child. I still remember seeing DNA for the first time. We did an extraction experiment in high school and I remember thinking how amazing it was that our whole blueprint existed in a blob of goop. We saw the science spark in the campers over and over throughout the week and we hope to do the same for more girls in future years.

The Middletown Press ran an article on the camp as well as a photo gallery.

Help bring science to life! You can contact Green Street if you’re interested in sponsoring a young girl for a future camp who may not be able to otherwise afford to attend.

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