South Charlotte

Youths get a head start in the arts

Despite a sagging economy, York County continues its award-winning arts program for middle school students.

ST-ARTS (Special Talent in the Arts) is a summer program sponsored by the Winthrop University College of Visual and Performing Arts and Clover, Fort Mill, Lancaster, Rock Hill and York school districts. Auditions are under way in many schools, and chosen students will attend free.

Classes will serve 300 in grades six to eight from June 8-26. Hours are 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The staff includes 50 artists/teachers in dance, music, drama and visual arts.

Donald Rogers, chair of Winthrop's Department of Music, has been with the program since its start in 1989. “We concentrate on the middle-school years because that is the age when students think more seriously about the arts and they need support to continue their development,” he said.

Margaret Boyd, Clover School District gifted and talented coordinator says the program “builds the students' self-confidence and allows them to find support in other classmates and focus on what they love.”

Details: contact your school district's GT Coordinator or Donald Rogers at