Studies have shown that arts education can decrease youth participation in high-risk behaviors and promote educational achievement. Studio Latino, Latino Network’s arts and culture after school program, aims to prevent and reduce youth and gang violence and contribute to greater student success by providing students with opportunities they may not otherwise have.
Studio Latino offers youth a safe space after school to participate in arts & culture classes from Latino/a role models. The model exposes youth to new art forms while increasing positive skills and behaviors, encouraging academic success, and discouraging gang involvement. Recent classes include:
- Ballet Folklórico – traditional Mexican dance
- Mariachi singing
- Theatre improvisation
- Hip-hop rhymes
- Latin American food & culture
Local artists, musicians, and instructors, many of who are Latino/a, teach classes after school in community and school locations.
- Alder Elementary
- Floyd Light Middle School
- H.B. Lee Middle School
- Madison High School
- Reynolds High School
- Gresham High School
Contact Joaquin Lopez at 503-283-6881 or Joaquin@Latnet.org for more information.
Studio Latino seeks volunteer instructors to teach unique or interesting arts and culture classes. Spanish-speaking volunteers preferred
Latino Network would like to thank our partners and funders the Oregon Department of Education, through Youth Development Council grant, Portland Public Schools, Gresham-Barlow and Reynolds School Districts, and United Way and Multnomah County Racial Justice Initiative.