Step Into Art

Step Into Art at the Youth Resiliency Center

JOIN US for Step Into Art at the Synergy Services’ Youth Resiliency Center. This FREE 7-week long summer arts program features classes taught by local artists with expertise in:

  • Graphic Design
  • Fashion
  • Performance Art
  • Music Production
  • STEM
  • Mixed Media
  • Dance

Each week we will be highlighting a different form of multimedia art with classes Monday-Friday from 2:00pm-5:00pm

Our kickoff celebration will begin on July 8th with weekly classes running July 25, 2022 - September 12, 2022.

To sign up or learn more email Katie Coen, YRC Coordinator at kcoen@synergyservices.org

July 25th- July 29th:

De Baker, Dance

August 22nd- August 26th:

Taylor Gass, STEM

August 1st- August 5th-  Art as Mentorship :

Juan-Carlos Chaurand, Music

“Juan-Carlos Chaurand is the Lead Artist for the Artist Incubator at The LAB program and responsible for the overall direction of the program. He is also the percussionist and keyboardist for Making Movies and a dancer, having been dancing traditional Mexican ballet folklorico for over 25 years. He started at a very young age performing in Ballet Folklorico Atotonilco, the dance troupe founded by his mother Maria Chaurand 40 years ago in Kansas City. At the age of 19 Juan-Carlos went to study folclor at the University of Guadalajara where he spent a year under the guidance of the late Co-Director Fernando Delgadillo. Dancing continues to play a big part in Juan-Carlos’ life and is also incorporated in the Making Movies performances and in university workshops he facilitates. 

He started playing percussion at the age of 15 where he was taught by mentors and got live experiences with local Latin bands performing at festivals and clubs. His skills have garnered the attention of Los Lobos, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Los Texmaniacs, Bright Light Social Hour, Ozomatli and Los Lonely Boys, who invite him to tour and to record.”

August 29th- September 2nd:

Whitney Manney, Fashion

“A Kansas City, MO native, Whitney Manney graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 with a BFA in Fibers. With a desire to create art in a wearable format, Manney creates garments and textile designs under her independent label WHITNEYMANNEY. Manney's work has been featured in major press outlets and numerous art/fashion blogs. She is featured in the PBS show Make48 & My World Too and has work featured in the new Peacock series Bel-Air.  Manney is a member of the 2021 American Craft Council Emerging Artists Cohort and recipient of the 2020 JOANN Minority Creative Grant along with numerous other grants. Her collections have been retailed at boutiques/stores, including Halls Kansas City, and showcased in more than a dozen runway and gallery shows. Creating a narrative between color and pattern is a signature of Manney's work, "My job isn't done until everybody in the world believes fashion is art"”

August 8th- August 11th:

Emily Alvarez, Mixed Media

September 5th- September 9th:

Jasmine Ali, Graphic Design

August 15th - August 19th:

Adrianna Schoonover, Movement/Spoken Word 


“AP started poeting in her youth in 2011 at the ripe age of 13. She quickly fell in love with slam and joined her high school Louder Than a Bomb slam team. They made it to semis multiple years in a row, ultimately winning her regionals LTAB in 2017, taking her to Brave New Voices in 2017. Following her high school graduation, she became Assistant Coach to the her Alma-Mater team, leading them to the Brave New Voices in 2018 and all the way to semis in Houston, Texas. 

She placed as a semifinalist at Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival in 2018 and 22nd in the Individual World Poetry Slam, representing Kansas City Poetry Slam in 2019. She later placed as a finalist in the Woman of the World Poetry Slam in 2020. Her work has been featured on Write About Now and Button Poetry. In addition to writing and performing, AP also loves film and videography. She hopes her films and poetry will help us connect to one another through art, expression, and conversation.”

For more information or to save your spot at Step Into Art please email Katie Coen, YRC Coordinator, at kcoen@synergyservices.org