Story Tapestries Inc.

Mission: Exposing the community, nationally and internationally to the concept of arts integration as a multi-faceted arts approach that seeks to affect all aspects of our life on a daily basis. Arts Integration as taught by Story Tapestries serves to develop the total person, social-emotional, intellectual and physical. Utilizing an arts integrated approach specifically tailored to the needs of each community, Story Tapestries teaches and demonstrates through performances and workshops the tools necessary for integrating the arts. * We will utilize and build upon a world-class network of artists, educators, and community members dedicated towards advocating and implementing the concept o...
Jan 22, 2015

New Year Revolution!

Teachers exploring science through the arts
Teachers exploring science through the arts

Happy 2015! 

We hit the ground running this year and are already deep into building our programs and services bigger and better for the New Year. 

While the nation’s overall dropout rate is declining, Secretary Arne Duncan has stated that the dropout rate is still “unsustainably high for a knowledge-based economy and still unacceptably high in our African-American, Latino, and Native-American communities.” This means it is more important than ever for us to continue moving forward in our work of  teaching literacy and STEM concepts through the arts, especially for these communities who have limited access to such educational resources.

Truthfully, some days our work is a challenge....students are distracted, teachers over-burdened with testing, administrators taxed over managing the every-changing moving parts of the school system...BUT...every time we hear a positive response from a teacher about how our work has helped motivate them to think about old lessons in a new way, or every time a student gleefully proclaims the correct answer to a once daunting question..we remember, THIS is why we must go on! THIS is why we LOVE our work. 

But you don't have to just take my word for it, check out these quotes about Arianna and Story Tapestries.......

“She creates an environment where the children feel safe to take risks and grow from their mistakes. It is with her soft yet strong voice that guides the children.”

            -Franklin Wassmer, Principal, Washington DC

“Thank you for inspiring me to remember how I used to teach.”

            -Jen Flores, 1st Grade Teacher, Barrett Elementary School, VA

 “They sat in awe! She exceeded our expectations. We want her back next year!!”

            -Adrian Blount, Administrator, Ideal Academy, Washington DC

The water cycle
The water cycle
Jan 21, 2015

New Year Revolution!

Literacy Music!
Literacy Music!

Happy 2015!

We hit the ground running this year and are already deep into building our programs and services bigger and better for the New Year. According to the National Council on Teachers of English Standards for the English Language Arts, “To participate fully in society and the workplace in 2020, citizens will need powerful literacy abilities that until now have been achieved by only a small percentage of the population.” The time is now for students master these skills!

While the nation’s overall dropout rate is declining, Secretary Arne Duncan has stated that the dropout rate is still “unsustainably high for a knowledge-based economy and still unacceptably high in our African-American, Latino, and Native-American communities.” This means it is more important than ever for us to continue moving forward in our work of  teaching literacy through the arts, especially for these communities who have limited access to such educational resources.

Truthfully, some days our work is a challenge....students are distracted, teachers over-burdened with testing, administrators taxed over managing the every-changing moving parts of the school system...BUT...every time we hear a positive response from a teacher about how our work has helped motivate them to think about old lessons in a new way, or every time a student gleefully proclaims the correct answer to a once daunting question..we remember, THIS is why we must go on! THIS is why we LOVE our work. 

But you don't have to just take my word for it, check out these quotes about Arianna and Story Tapestries.......

“She creates an environment where the children feel safe to take risks and grow from their mistakes. It is with her soft yet strong voice that guides the children.”

            -Franklin Wassmer, Principal, Washington DC

“Thank you for inspiring me to remember how I used to teach.”

            -Jen Flores, 1st Grade Teacher, Barrett Elementary School, VA

 “They sat in awe! She exceeded our expectations. We want her back next year!!”

            -Adrian Blount, Administrator, Ideal Academy, Washington DC

Family learning
Family learning
Dec 31, 2014

2014 in review

Students
Students

Over this past year we’ve worked with over 100,000 children and coached multiple teachers around the country. Administrators regularly show us that test scores have increased after we have trained their staff to apply the arts to their literacy programs.  Beyond embracing the quantitative results touting the positive results of education using the arts as one of the tools to teach, we do this work because of those light-bulb moments we often witness during our programming. Those electric moments when students and educators suddenly “get it”- when the math concept they’ve been struggling to grasp or present becomes clear through the visual art project they’re engrossed in, or when the writing exercise they’ve struggled for weeks to make sense of suddenly becomes second-nature. We believe in the value of the work we do because we so often witness these pivotal moments propelling individuals ahead further than they even thought possible, and continuing to have a positive effect long after our programs have ended.

 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  - Margaret Mead

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