The organization’s doors are open to all communities and its popularity through word of mouth is already tapping its maximum capacity.
Youth programs are available for high school students in grades 9 – 10, who can participate in after school classes including ceramics, digital arts, music recording and production. Limited to 100 participants, a lottery system is used to admit if applications exceed the number.
All training is provided free of cost, and include bus passes and meals. Johnson said NewBridge seeks to, “Inspire minds and launch careers,” but most importantly give hope through the arts.
Johnson said the building is intentionally designed to flourish creativity, in line with the theory that environment shapes behavior. “The first thing you see is an orange wall, your paradigm is already being alerted,” he said; describing the building located at 3634 Euclid Avenue, the building is designed with elegance, lined with colorful walls decorated tastefully with art and blooming orchids. Staff are required to dress in corporate attire to set world class standards and demonstrate, “We respect our students.”
Partnerships with Dress for Success and Suited 4 Success provide appropriate attire for job interviews.
Ernest E. Brown, its executive assistant, said students are also taught soft skills most people take for granted and every moment is an opportunity to learn. He greets students at the door as they gather for classes and said they are committed to learning because they feel appreciated and encouraged.
Guests received guided tours of the building and enjoyed live performances by local bands. Dr. María Pujana, donated designer jewelry from her line Marisé Designs for raffle.
For more information visit: http://www.newbridgecleveland.org