New Volumes Added to SAA Library

Social Arts Atlanta has added two volumes to is library of books about etiquette, social customs and social dance.

How tow Speak Politely and Why by Murnro Leaf is a young children’s book with whimsical illustrations and examples of how using good language communicates respect and attention. Right is an image of page eight with the “awful little creature” yeah.

The second addition is from the Post family.  Good Manners for Kids includes section of home and school life with tips for bike riding and using cell phones in public.

SAA welcomes questions from our families and followers about etiquette and social dance. Please send these questions to socialartsatl@gmail.com.

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Social Arts 101 – Change of Start Date, Registration Remains Open

The Winter/Spring Semester of Social Arts Classes will now begin on Friday, February 2, 2018. This class will take place from 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm at International Montessori Academy. There is also a Lesson 1 class available on Sunday, February 4 from 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm at the Directors home in Inman Park. Registration remains open to welcome new students.

Following the new Lesson 1 dates, lessons will continue on the planned schedule of:Fridays –  February 9, March 9, April 20 & May 11, 6:00 pm 7:15 pm at International Montessori Academy.

Social Arts Classes teach social protocol and dances. Roll playing and hands-on activities, give each student the opportunity to practice. This not only makes class time active, engaging and fun but also ensures that information is truly learned. Classes demystify the what and why of manners and etiquette and look to consideration, respect and honesty for answers about how to thrive in society.

Social Arts Supports Arbor Montessori Annual Fund

Social Arts Atlanta (SAA) is happy to announce that for the Winter/Spring Semester of Social Arts 101 for every Arbor Montessori family that registers a student it will  donate $25 to Arbor’s Annual Fund.

SAA has a family connection to Arbor Montessori. Its founder and owner Carolyn Stine McLaughlin’s two children have attended Arbor. One child is currently a student of the school. Also, many Arbor students have attended Social Arts classes and been models for SAA promotions.

Arbor’s Annual fund provides monies for teacher training and scholarships at the school. Teacher training ensures continuing high quality experience for students. Scholarships support a level of economic diversity for the school and families experiencing financial challenges.

SAA is thankful for the opportunity to support this outstanding educational organization. If you know of another educational organization that we can support with a similar program please email socialartsatl@gmail.com.

Gift That Last a Lifetime

Social Art Atlanta offers all of its classes for purchase as gift certificates and gift packages. This is a gift that will never gather dust and is always a perfect fit, giving a tween or teen the tools to meet success. For and first day of Hanukkah delivery order by Friday, December 8 and for before Christmas delivery order by Wednesday December 20.

Social Arts 101 and Social Arts 102 are great for tweens in grades 6th through 9th. 101 works on important basics like introductions and dining. 102 builds on the work of 102 and adds conversation skills and subjects like entrepreneurship and dealing with emergencies. Both of these classes teach and build a repertory of basic social dances such as the Box Step, Merengue and the Swing.

Successful Teen Seminar is perfect for 9th through 12th graders. It is meant to help young adult succeed as they move through high school and college toward independence. The two-day seminar compresses Social Arts 101 and 102 curriculum with an added focus on interview skill. This seminar also includes learning social dances.

All Social Arts Classes are hands-on and include fun roll-playing games and practice of essential skill. To purchase please follow this link.

News: SAA Supports Arbor Spirit Night at Inman Quarter

Social Arts Atlanta is proud to participate in the first Arbor Spirit Night at Inman Quarter on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This event will support the Arbor Annual Fund which provides scholarships for students and teachers at Arbor Montessori School.

For every Arbor family that enrolls a student for the 2018 Winter/Spring Semester of Social Arts 101 or Social Arts 102, SAA will donate $25 to Arbor to support its annual fund. This offer will remain in effect until the class begins on Friday, August 26, 2018.

The event also includes six Inman Quarter businesses:

  • Phone Repair: LifeLine (Inman Park): Your tech team for phone, tablet, computer and drone repair. 10% of all purchases from Arbor families, $10 screen protectors with 100% of proceeds, and $1.00 raffle tickets for a LifeLine Pedicap ride on the Atlanta BeltLine with 100% of proceeds to Arbor
  • Dinner: Hampton + Hudson: Contemporary gastropub serving New American eats & cocktails in a stylish, welcoming atmosphere. 10% of proceeds donated to Arbor
  • Dessert: Voga Italian Gelato: Check out their in-house made gelato pops! 10% of proceeds donated to Arbor
  • Hair Cut: The Men’s Parlor: A modern and rustic parlor with a bar-style waiting area,​wifi, tvs, haircuts, and beard treatments with complimentary beverages. 10% of proceeds donated to Arbor, appointments encouraged – 678-705-5580
  • Art & Gifts: Made Again: An unique art gallery featuring Atlanta and regional artisans who focus on green, modern design, interiors and custom furnishings. 10% of proceeds from Arbor family purchase to Arbor
  • Shades: Select Shades: Visit, try on, & stock up on your favorite brands in this super cool local store. 10% of proceeds from Arbor family purchase to Arbor

Quote: Train Himself

The best Training any parent can give a child is to train the child to train himself.

– A.P. Gouthey

The Prohibition Party is long gone but Mr. Gouthey’s words still ring true. Learning how to learn and how to manage uncomfortable situations can lead to great success. This idea is a part of all Social Arts Atlanta Classes. They include lots of practice being “outside your comfort zone” in an environment where students can make mistakes and learn from them..

Notes: Goodness! Its Not About the Fork

When the subject of manners and etiquette comes up is seems that the use of cutlery is the main focus. At Social Arts Atlanta, we hear the following a lot:

I never remember what fork to use!

or

I am always scared I am going to use the wrong spoon.

The truth is you do not have to know which fork to use. In fact, you will never know all the “rules” of etiquette. These customs and rules change over time.

However, what we all can learn is that giving attention to others instead of focusing on ourselves will nearly always lead us in the correct direction. Here are some examples:

Responding to Invitations: You may be busy but taking the time to let the host know you are coming or not coming to a gathering will ensure that there is enough food and drink for everyone attending and perhaps even enough places for all the guests to sit down.

Writing Thank You Notes: It is always nice to sent a note of thanks for a kindness. It is particularly important for gifts that are sent and that you do not open in front of the giver. If you do not sent a note or a message in another way, how will they know that you received it?

Cell Phones In Public: Cell phones have become an important part of all of our lives. However, the world should not be a part of every conversation you make. Hearing private information can make people around you uncomfortable and could possibly give information to someone who should not have it. Also, the person checking you out of the grocery or doctor’s office can do so more quickly if you give them all of your attention. This helps not only the clerk but also there person after you.

If you remember the words of Emily Post you will likely always figure out what to do.

Consideration for the rights and feelings of others…, the very foundation upon which social life is built.

P.S. For dining, always work from the outside in. It is your host’s job to consider you and place the utensels in the correct order according to what is being served.