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Arts Integration at Home – Hot Seating

Posted Monday, April 13, 2020 Today’s at-home activity, Hot Seating, gets kids acting! This activity allows them to a) think from different perspectives and b) share their knowledge in a creative way. It is essentially an interview with a character, a famous person, or anyone else who the student might want to pretend to be. [...]

Performance Notes: Toto Kisaku’s “Requiem For an Electric Chair”

Upon meeting Toto Kisaku two years ago, I was immediately struck by his artistry, personal story and humanity. His compelling story, combined with expertly honed theater craft makes for powerful performance. While we deeply regret we cannot all gather this week for “Requiem for An Electric Chair,” we’re pleased to announce we are rescheduling this [...]

Arts Integration at Home – People to People

Posted Wednesday, April 8, 2020 Today’s at-home activity, People to People, gets kids up on their feet and into their bodies. This activity allows them to a) move their bodies in improvisational ways and b) practice in the moment problem-solving. Open the PDF linked below to see the directions for the activity - one set [...]

Arts Integration at Home – Sentence-At-A-Time Story

SENTENCE-AT-A-TIME STORY Posted Monday, April 6, 2020 Today’s at-home activity is a classic improvisation game - Sentence-at-a-Time Story. This activity allows kids to a) practice their creativity and b) work on sequencing, word choice, and descriptive details. Open the PDF linked below to see the directions for the activity - one set for caregivers/teachers [...]

Arts Integration at Home – This is Not a..

THIS IS NOT A... Posted Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Happy April Fool’s Day! In honor of the silliness of the day, we are sharing a playful theatre activity that gets you a) using your imagination and b) showing/telling descriptive details. It’s called “This is Not a…” All you need to play is one non-breakable, [...]

Arts Integration at Home – Narrative Pantomime

NARRATIVE PANTOMIME Posted Monday, March 30, 2020 Narrative Pantomime is an active way for students to a) retell a story and b) draw out action, emotion, and sensory details. It’s a great way to extend the story hour, especially for kids who can’t read yet. The directions for the activity are shared in two [...]

Arts Integration at Home – Role on the Wall

With students at home and caregivers balancing work and school, everyone is adjusting and learning. We want to offer a few simple, creative, educational, and arts-based ways to spice up your distance learning - especially since the day might involve a lot of sitting.  On that note, a huge thank you to all the teachers [...]

Arts Integration at Home – Everybody Do

With students at home and caregivers balancing work and school, everyone is adjusting and learning. We want to offer a few simple, creative, educational, and arts-based ways to spice up your distance learning - especially since the day might involve a lot of sitting.  On that note, a huge thank you to all the teachers [...]

Arts Integration at Home – Sculptor & Clay

With students at home and caregivers balancing work and school, everyone is adjusting and learning. We want to offer a few simple, creative, educational, and arts-based ways to spice up your distance learning - especially since the day might involve a lot of sitting.  On that note, a huge thank you to all the teachers [...]

Gabriela Montero: ‘Westward’ Program Notes by Linda Russell

  With “Westward,” Gabriela Montero pays homage to three pianist-composers who emigrated to the West in the early twentieth century in order to escape physical, cultural and psychological oppression in their Russian homeland. Sarcasms: Five Pieces for Piano, op. 17 Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Born in the Ukraine, Sergei Prokofiev enjoyed a happy childhood in which his [...]