Questions we’re exploring
1.How does play expand creativity in the early childhood learning environment?
With an increased focus on academic competencies in early childhood education we are interested in exploring the way play promotes creativity and positive social awareness.
2. Which arts practices can be integrated within the curriculum and are sustainable for classroom teachers?
When expert artists are paired with expert teachers what ideas stem from that collaboration that prove sustainable for the teachers and their students?
3. How can we increase access and exposure to experiences in the formative early-childhood years that promote positive physical, social and emotional growth?
As access to physical and arts-based programming is differential for young children in the greater Seattle area, we are interested in increasing opportunities for all children to benefit from these experiences.
Kindergarten Reader's Theater Curriculum Collaboration
Connecting teaching artists with teachers is a key part of many of our programs, and we are discovering what it means to collaborate with teachers in their classrooms. Our early education program utilizes this model to create valuable experiences for our youngest learners.
Olympic Hills Teacher and Teaching Artist
We have been collaborating with a few elementary schools around Seattle to learn more about how teaching artists can work directly with educators to create a great dramatic experience for students. You can find out a bit more about our work with Olympic Hills in this short write-up.
Hilltop Elementary Drama
At Hilltop Elementary, we put on a program to compare the use of creative drama and story drama with this audience, and we found some interesting ways that drama can build creative liberty, while still helping teachers hit their own classroom goals. Read more!
Oak Heights Elementary Music Project
Students at Oak Heights Elementary, with the help of recording professionals at foundry10, put together an album of children's books displaying some of the music they had been practicing during the school year. Check out their music and some pictures!