What’s Your Story: A Monologue Journey

Everyone has a story, and everyone’s story should be told. In this program the teaching artist will get to know the students through various activities like peer interviews, creating life timelines and sharing of biographies. Using all of the information gathered the student will then create a monologue of one story in their lives. That… Read more »

A Brainstormed Play: You Guys Wrote That?!

Using a THEME chosen by the students we will write a 10-20 minute play collaboratively using brainstorming, word association and improv. Focusing on all of the aspects of storytelling like the who, what, when, where and why…oh, don’t forget the how! Every students will have a character, there will be a beginning, middle and end… Read more »

Headlines: Musical Newspaper

The Puerto Rican Folkloric music of Plena was first used as a way to tell the news in the island. In this program students will use music as a mode of communication. They will explore their own heritages and cultural background and use a foreign language to tell their news from their lives or neighborhoods.

What Do My Feelings Sound Like?

Students will know the ways in which music is used to communicate. Students will create dialogue between musical instruments. Students will create their own instruments and explore playing them. Intro to the different styles of Puerto Rican Folkloric music, instruments, culture, traditions. TA will share many percussive instruments with the class exploring what kinds of sounds the instruments… Read more »

Music of the Coqui: A Retelling

El Coqui is Puerto Rico’s coolest animal! It sings a song like this…coqui….coqui…coqui! Using the story of El Coqui students will experiment with the different rhythms and patterns of Puerto Rico’s folkloric music BOMBA and PLENA and will retell story in their own words through music. Students will utilize repetitive text and will explore the… Read more »

The Elements of Hip-Hop

With the intent of creating a healthy lifestyle and physical, mental and emotional fitness, break dancing provides a fun and unique way to exercise and express oneself.

BUILD: Bringing Learning to Life Through the Arts

In the BUILD (Becoming, Understanding, Innovation, Learning through inquiry, Design) program, students use creative problem solving and inquiry-based learning techniques to bring their learning to life through artistic media. This program can be geared towards any core subject area.

Paint to Pixel: Ways of Seeing Art in Mathematics

This program investigates pivot points in Art History and Mathematics. Student artists learn to appreciate the timeline that evolves fine art from Realism to the Digital Age, as well as find patterns in nature and architecture utilizing the Fibonacci Spiral and the golden ratio, establishing a strong math and art relationship.

Quiltabration!

Making a quilt is a complex undertaking. It involves problem solving, using math skills, manual dexterity, and sometimes even requires a little help from your friends! For Quiltabration, students will begin by learning a little about the history of quilt making in America, focusing on traditional quilt patterns. Then it’s time to do some designing themselves and make their own quilt blocks, which will then turn into their own community quilt. It’s a regular quilting bee, a “quiltabration” of student efforts!

The War of 1812 Concert!

Join Dave Ruch, noted teaching artist and performer, to explore this forgotten and sometimes confusing chapter in America’s early history.