Culture Bugs!

All Arts All Day Long: Culture Bugs' Magical Manga Madness

Summer 2019

Culture Bugs Summer Manga Intensive!
Four Amazing One Week Manga Madness Workshops
for Kids from 6-17

 Welcome Back from Japan ZoeGr!

August 5-9
August 12-16 at the Japan Society!  Keep your eyes out for details!
August 19-23
& August 26-30

 Phone Now to Register: 917-318-9499.

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Now in its 20th arts-exploding summer, this Best of New York arts program revs up for another fantastic year of ART, ART and MUCH MORE ART than ever before. This year, Culture Bugs! offers a summer of  MAGICAL MANGA  especially designed for kids with some of the city's most talented, experienced resident teaching artists! Kids from 6-17: Prepare for the most inspiring summer of your life! 

More info coming on a  brilliant week at the Japan Society! 

And how exciting is this:  Classes with HiArt!'s own Zoe Greenbaum, a March 2019  graduate from Kyoto Seika University's Gag Manga Department!  Art Stars Galore!

One thing for sure: At Culture Bugs you will NEVER be bored!

Why scramble for something to do, when something great is right at your door?


Don't miss out! Phone for a registration form NOW! 917-318-9499

HI ART! ** The premiere, Best of New York 2000 arts program for kids k ** presents its 20th summer of CULTURE BUGS!

Culture Bugs! is all about a creative, child-centered pedagogy that encourages children to express themselves freely, to develop a sense of ease, familiarity and mastery in the arts, and have a ton of fun all at the same time.

Culture Bugs! integrates visits to the city’s most important museums and galleries with focused in-studio sessions of MANGA. Each child works according to his or her abilities, and super-talented, extraordinarily experienced teaching artists work with everyone regardless of level. 

Culture Bugs! Is there such a thing as a typical day?

While we pride ourselves in our flexibility and artistic flow, there is nonetheless an identifiable format for the typical day.

We start with free drawing, then a warm-up. Sometimes part of an anime to explore how a character develops. Then it’s on to deep drawing. Difficulty depends upon level, but every child has incredible one-on-one support.

Manga is GREAT!   It’ is formulaic at the same time as it’ is super creative.  Kids get the training they need to create work they love, at the same time that they are encouragd to develop a personal voice.

Whenever there is something great to see out in the world, whether in galleries or museums around town, we fit it in. Manga has the advantage of being very flexible. So if we want to draw in the garden at the Whitney, or out at a cafe over lunch WE CAN!  Over the past nineteen years our myriad outings have left no artful stone unturned! Shows like Joan Mitchell at the Whitney, Mariko Mori POD, Alexander Calder at Storm King, Rauschenberg Synapsis Shuffle at the Whitney, the Kusama retropsective at MOMA, Frank Gehry at the Guggenheim, DADA and the list goes on and on. We have even ridden the rails to the DIA center in Beacon!

You may not think of lunch as art-driven, but believe it or not, it is a big deal at Culture Bugs! Like every activity we do, lunch is part of our adventure.  Whether at Pepe Giallo or eating sushi - sooo Japanese --  or takoyaki  in the East Village -- or something as simple as pizza and ice cream -- lunch is about choice,  freedom and the art of eating.

Feel free to call with questions!  917-318-9499.

As always, children will be swept up by the most wonderful work with the most imaginative HiArt! teachers, and a steady stream of endless inspiration and encouragement.

As the great Dada, Tristan Tzara, said ACCEPT NO FORGERIES!”

HiArt! and Culture Bugs are the real thing.

Where everything artful is possible!

Culture Bugs! Summer 2019
Mini-Camp Schedule

For kids from 6-17

Magical Manga Mini-Camps Summer 2018

AUGUST 5-9,  AUGUST 12-16,  AUGUST 19-23,  AUGUST 26-30

MANGA-LOVING KIDS OF ALL LEVELS (Ages 6-17) Monday-Friday including kid friendly lunch every day

Culture Bugs!
Mini-Camp Enrollment Terms and Conditions

•All enrollments are for the full session and are non-refundable. There will be no refund for early withdrawals from the summer program and absolutely no refunds will be made for withdrawals after June 1.

•Hi Art! reserves the right to either withdraw a child or request that he/she be accompanied by an adult if the program, at its discretion, deems this to be warranted. There will be no refund in the event of our request that a child be withdrawn for disciplinary reasons.

•Registration is complete only upon the signed return of the enrollment form, the completion of all paperwork and full payment of Tuition.

•Limited scholarship aid is available. Requests for application should be made to the director. •

The signator agrees and undertakes to insure that neither the child being enrolled nor any adult accompanying the child during Hi Art! activities will in any way endanger, or threaten to endanger, the safety or well being of any person in or associated with the program. If in the sole judgment of HI ART! personnel, any such child or adult does so endanger or threaten to endanger other persons, HI ART! reserves the right to discontinue the child's enrollment without consultation or other process, and without refund of any Tuition or fee.

•Children and/or their work may be photographed during the course of activities and these photographs may appear in HI ART! promotional materials. No child whose photograph is used will be identified by name, nor will any compensation be awarded for use of said photographs. •

HiArt! Kids reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment and assumes no liability whatsoever beyond the refund of Tuition for said classes.


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Satie's PARADE

Thanks so much for giving Milo a wonderful camp experience! He had a great time and made some beautiful things. He is now a die-hard Murakami fan. And now, whenever he makes something, he asks, "what would Cindie say?" Your enthusiasm is infectious and I look forward to enrolling Milo in future courses.

-Mary H.


Dear Cyndie, I just had to report-Kate just gave me and her father a manga lesson. She organized the supplies, and gave clear and precise instructions, easy to understand and follow, and demonstrated how to. When our product failed to please us, she encouraged us with noting how much she had studied and practiced to reach her current level of expertise. She was so excellent! And happy! And proud! Thanks to you and all the other teachers for such a wonderful program this summer.

- Susan Power Johnston

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Cyndie with the boys

Kids drawing



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