The Gateway Family YMCA Celebrates YMCA Arts Week

YMCA Arts Week is celebrated every October.

Union, NJ, October 04, 2016 --( Join The Gateway Family YMCA in celebrating Arts Week, October 3-9 for a week of activities designed to educate, inspire and connect youth. An annual celebration at Ys nationwide, Arts Week spotlights the nonprofit’s commitment to arts programming—ensuring youth have an outlet to express themselves creatively and discover and enhance talents.

Arts Week activities at The Gateway Family YMCA, held in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month in October, is free to the public and will feature activities for youth to explore art and showcase their creative expression. Activities will include dance, painting, drawing, digital arts, music and group activities at all branches and throughout Eastern Union County and Northern Middlesex County. For information on individual branch events, please visit

“The Y helps to nurture the potential in every child and participation in the arts is a key component to children’s development,” said Krystal R. Canady, CEO. “Art comes in many forms, from dance to drama and music to visual and digital arts. During Arts Week we’ll give youth a platform to explore their talents through many of these areas,” added Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO, The Gateway Family YMCA
i]According to research by the National Endowment for the Arts, youth, particularly those from low-income backgrounds, who regularly participate in arts programs tend to perform well in school, have higher career goals and become more involved in civic engagement, such as volunteering and voting. To help nurture the potential of youth, the Y offers a variety of arts programs such as vocal coaching, dance, painting, drawing and digital arts. These programs help support the social-emotional, cognitive and physical development of youth, enabling them to build the skills needed to be successful in life.

To learn more about YMCA’s Arts Week or The Gateway Family YMCA’s arts programs, contact the Elizabeth Branch at 908-355-9622, Five Points Branch 908-688-9622, Rahway Branch 732-388-0057, Wellness Center Branch 908-349-9622 or WISE Center Branch at 908-687-2995. For more information about The Gateway Family YMCA, please visit

[i] Catterall, J; Dumais, S; National Endowment for the Arts, “The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth”, March 2012
The Gateway Family YMCA
Colleen Clayton