By Amy Ruza

The Garden of Fire summer collaborative program, which includes 10-partner organizations, is excited to offer a 2020 virtual program! In response to the unprecedented circumstances we are experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision to create an adapted immersive program experience is a precautionary measure for public health and safety to best serve the needs of Steuben County youth centers.

The 2020 theme is “Exploring Our Senses”, and partners are thrilled to share imaginative and diverse lessons connected to STEAM initiatives that explore sights, sounds, smells, taste and tactile experiences through a fresh lens. The new hybrid virtual programmatic approach is designed to connect with families in the region and beyond. View highlights from the 2019 program to get a glimpse into what Garden of Fire is all about. 

The 2020 virtual program series will feature six pre-recorded video sessions with organizations and professional artists. In addition, select videos will have complementary hands-on activity kits to engage learners in a multi-faceted experience. Check out the 2020 Schedule tab for details and the G.O.F. Video tab for the weekly release of new videos starting July 6.

Garden of Fire aims to build capacity, depth and integration of cultural arts, history and science for youth participants. The program is unique, because in addition to the academic subject areas that are taught to bridge the summer gap of learning, Garden of Fire incorporates healing and wellness as a holistic approach to weave in tools for coping with stress, anxiety and mental health issues. This mind, body, soul comprehensive method addresses the many challenges we face, especially this year as we persevere through a global pandemic together.

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