Dear donors and key supporters,
We are so excited to have an opportunity to spend time with you on November 18 - sharing about a year of achievements, enjoying music, snacks and performances, and gearing up for the future as we continue our fight against illiteracy in the greater DC metro area. As the kick-off to our annual campaign, a juggler, storytellers, and the family-friendly samba band Samba Trovao will help us celebrate in style for an afternoon/evening of family fun. Family Fun Day will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Derwood, MD, between Rockville and Gaithersburg and conveniently near the Shady Grove metro station. Activities will start at 2:30pm, Samba Trovao will heat things up starting at 5pm and will play until 7pm. We look forward to this opportunity to show you our appreciation!
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We're looking forward to sharing with you the wonderful work of Story Tapestries artists and to launching another successful year of arts-integrated literacy programs for the MD-DC-VA region. Please join us for this exciting event!
In December, we are also excited to perform a Teaching Literacy Through the Arts program at Takoma Park Library.
Join Arianna Ross and Story Tapestries at Takoma Park Library! Come see a fun, family-friendly performance at Takoma Park Library - FREESaturday, December 15, 11amTakoma Park Library101 Philadelphia AvenueTakoma Park, MD 20912
Thank you for your continued support. Your donations allow us to reach more than 1,000 people each week with valuable arts integrated educational programs that help us combat illiteracy. We look forward to reaching thousands more in the greater DC metro region in 2013!
Join Story Tapestries on November 18th as we kick off our annual
Teaching Literacy through the Arts fundraising campaign!
Our Hope: To build a community of people who believe in the power of the arts to create change This is a fantastic opportunity for you to see some of the art work created through funded projects, and to meet and see some of the Story Tapestries artists in action!Performances, a juggler, face painting and a Live Samba Band!Location: Knights of Columbus Hall, Derwood, MD2:30pm - 5:00pm Families will enjoy a dance party, a juggler, performances by Arianna Ross, Meredith Kaunitz, Mark Lohr and face painting5:00pm - 7:00pm A Fantastic Family-friendly Samba band, SAMBA TROVAO heats up the evening; wine and beer for 21+
We hope to see you there!
Partnering with like-minded organizations to strengthen our communities
This year, 11 schools applied for funding for an artist-in-residency with Story Tapestries through the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) with the assistance of Young Audiences of Maryland. We are thrilled at the level of interest and excitement about Story Tapestries' programs, and we're grateful that MSAC provides this opportunity to help schools afford such an opportunity. However, many schools still cannot afford the remaining cost of bringing in a residency, even with the assistance of MSAC funds. Story Tapestries is pleased to be able to offer $5,000 in assistance to schools that otherwise could not bring in an artist-in-residence program. Each artist-in-residency offers an incredible in-depth learning experience for students and teachers, with each program kicking off with a school-wide performance and culminating with a student presentation of their accomplishments. Residencies are a fantastic way to expose students and teachers to the benefits of using the arts to connect with academic materials and to connect with every type of learner in a classroom. Students learn to collaborate as a group as well as gain confidence as individuals to share and express their ideas, while learning important problem solving and critical thinking skills and grasping new academic concepts. It's an exciting process and the culminating presentations are always a thrill to see and are a fun way for students to take ownership of their new knowledge, and to share it with their peers and families.
THANK YOU for your assistance that makes it possible for us to support such programming! Your donations have helped us reach hundreds of children, parents, and teachers in our fight against illiteracy and we are looking forward to sustaining the relationships we've created as well as building future programs in other communities and schools. We are grateful for the opportunity to work closely with school teachers through programs like residencies that allow us to pass on skills and tools that teachers can continue using in their classrooms for years to come. This creates self-sustainability, which is one of our main focuses.
We are excited for the opportunities Global Giving creates as well - such as Bonus Day coming up on Wednesday, June 13. As a Partner on Global Giving, every donation we receive that day will be matched at 30%. We love to think of all the residencies and arts-based literacy programs we will be able to support with the extra 30% that Global Giving will offer on the Bonus Day!
Thank you again for your continued support and we look forward to sharing more news as we get ready for exciting summer programs in Maryland and DC public libraries!
In December 2011 we asked for help - we launched a campaign to raise funds to teach literacy through the arts. The response has been overwhelming, and we're so grateful for the generous support we've received that continue to make Teaching Literacy Through the Arts possible. Thanks to the donations we've received, amongst other programs, in March 2012 we were able to offer two very special programs with bi-lingual performing and teaching artist, Carrie Sue Ayvar.
To share with you a bit of the power, passion, and purpose of your donation, here are a few words from Carrie Sue about her experience teaching at the Launch Zone at the National Children's Museum:
The children and their families - parents, grandparents and even some aunties - were engaged and actively involved in the storytelling. Not only did everyone leave with a new story to share but several were already telling me who they were going to tell it to! One of the highlights was when one of the grandmothers came up to me afterwards to tell me that she remembered one of the stories from her own childhood. She had never told it to her grandson and now could not wait to retell it with him to his mother!
Carrie Sue also was able to work in a DC Public School, Tyler Elementary, working in a bi-lingual classroom where challenges to read and write are even greater due to language:
About a month after I finished the residency I received a note and video from one of the Spanish Immersion Pre-school teachers. She said that "me tenia en mente", she had been thinking about me, and that I would "live a LONG time!" It seems that the children loved recalling and retelling the songs and stories (including utilizing all the physical gestures) that we shared and so I would "live a LONG time" because of the impact and influence that I had on her and her students. The Student and Teacher objectives were not only met but surpassed!
These stories are so important to share with you so you know the impact of your dollars. Your gift has helped young children explore the possibilities that story can offer, and they have gained an interest and excitement about reading and learning. These gifts will be carried within each person Story Tapestries programs reach - so that we will all "live a LONG time" as stories are remembered and shared.
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