SmART Leaders: About Us & Application
Hi Sister! Thank you so much for your interest in joining Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education’s SmART Leaders Program! Below we have provided some fun facts and information about Casita Maria and the SmART Leaders Program.

What is Casita Maria?
Casita Maria is a powerful organization dedicated to empowering youth and their families by creating a culture of learning through high quality social,cultural, and education opportunities.We envision being a vital contributor to the South Bronx renaissance, fostering culturally and artistically vibrant neighborhoods which effectively prepare the next generation for success.

What is the powerful SmART Leaders Program?
SmART Leaders is a year long program for high-school aged young people who identify as young women of color. We are dedicated to building positive self-esteem and sisterhood among all young women who participate in the program. We specifically focus on sisterhood, rediscovering our identities, and social justice education; the best part is that we do all of this through art-centered classes and workshops! Whether you are interested in painting, photography, dancing, making music, or other art-based activities we will provide you with the space to discuss topics that you are interested in learning about through artistic conversations and activities. SmART Leaders is dedicated to supporting you explore your power, your voice, your confidence, and your activism!

Fun Facts!
- The Program is open to self-identified young women of color who live in The Bronx between the ages of 14-18
- The Program meets three times per week
- The Program includes a range of art based social justice classes, workshops, and field trips
- Acceptance to the program is on a rolling basis

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