Teach Literacy through the Arts in DC, MD, and VA

Nov 8, 2012

Campaign Kick-off and a library performance in MD

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 - FREE
Saturday, December 15, 11am
Takoma Park Library
101 Philadelphia Avenue
Takoma 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! 


Oct 19, 2012

Family Fun Day Nov. 18!

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!

          Knights of Columbus Hall, Derwood, MD

2:30pm - 5:00pm

Families will enjoy a dance party, a juggler, performances by Arianna Ross, Meredith Kaunitz, Mark Lohr and face painting

5:00pm - 7:00pm

A Fantastic Family-friendly Samba band,  SAMBA TROVAO heats up the evening; wine and beer for 21+

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We hope to see you there!


Aug 23, 2012

Exciting New Partnerships

A Living Poem of Learning
A Living Poem of Learning

 Partnering with like-minded organizations to strengthen our communities

Story Tapestries is now an official partner of America's Promise Alliance.  This means we have been recognized as a key National Organization that is committed to improving communities for our youth, and we have access to tools and resources to help us share our work with more communities across the country.  Under the leadership of Founding Chairman General Colin Powell and current Chair Alma Powell, the America’s Promise Alliance has become the nation’s largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of young people.  America's Promise Alliance includes partners who share a belief that children and youth are a national priority and are committed to collaboration to reach more young people with the resources they need to succeed.  The work of the Alliance focuses on these 5 promises: Caring Adults, Safe Places, A Healthy Start, Effective Education, and Opportunities to Help Others.  We are proud to be recognized as a Partner within this important network.
THANK YOU for your assistance.  
This Summer because of your donations we were able to offer support to a number of key programs all free and open to the public!  We were a part of the Summer Reading Program and covered the cost for........
  Arianna Ross, the executive director of Story Tapestries, to be one of the director's of the following program for DC youth:
Pulled Apart: A Play Created by Arena Stage´s Voices of Now Metro TeenAIDS Ensemble
Venue: Youth Pavillion in the Global Village
at the DC Convention Center as a part of the International Aids Conference
Time: July 23, 2012, 5:00 - 5:30 PM
Facilitators: Ashley Forman, Joshua DeMinter, Arianna Ross & Mitch Mattson
Actors: Terra “Tempest” Moore, Davina “Bubbles” Smith, Laneisha McCauley, KyLend J. Adams, Ashley Hughes & Jamir Nelson, United States

Pulled Apart was a play that was written and performed by young artists who have shared their stories and made their voices heard.  Through monologue, dialogue, poetry, movement and music, the ensemble has explored the stress, pain and fears of living with sickness and death related to HIV and AIDS. This play reflects the real-life stories of DC youth dealing with stigma and exclusion. The performance will be followed by a dialogue with the artists and directors.

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Story Tapestries, Inc.
With art, understanding; with understanding, community
Our mission is to expose communities, nationally and internationally, to the concept of arts integration as a multi-faceted arts approach that seeks to affect all aspects of a person’s development and life.
Our vision is to create a world-class network of artists, educators, businesses and community members empowered to educate and encourage people to integrate the arts into their lives.
Once again,  Thank you for all of your support.  We could not do it without you, our donors. 


Jun 7, 2012

$5,000 in assistance to Maryland schools for next year!

Arianna Ross with students at Tyler Elementary, DC
Arianna Ross with students at Tyler Elementary, DC

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!

May 15, 2012

"Living long lives" through our stories!

Launch Zone Fun
Launch Zone Fun

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.

Thank you for your continued support!  We are still working hard on this project, Teaching Literacy Through the Arts in MD, VA and DC!  With your help, we will be matching Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) grant funds for schools that are applying to have an artist-in-residency, but can't pay their portion of the program cost that MSAC does not cover.  $5,000 will be distributed to schools in economically challenged neighborhoods who otherwise could not afford to have artist-in-residency programs, even with the assistance of a MSAC grant.  We are also partnering with MD and DC libraries to bring in performance programs for the summer.  Hundreds of children will experience arts-based literacy programs delivered by Story Tapestries thanks to your generosity as we continue this initiative.  THANK YOU!

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Arianna Ross

Germantown, Maryland United States

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