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.
Thank you for helping us make programs like this one possible!
Check it out :
Performing and Teaching Artist, Carrie Sue Ayvar, of Story Tapestries, Inc. will present a series of performances and interactive workshops at the National Children's Museum's Launch Zone this Saturday, March 17. This is the first of two days of programming that are planned this spring. The second day will feature Performing and Teaching Artist and Founder of Story Tapestries, Arianna Ross, on Saturday, April 7. Story Tapestries is proud to be the sponsor of these programs, and we have YOU to thank for making them possible!
If you are in the DC area this Saturday, we cordially invite you and your family and friends to come and participate in fun, interactive performances and workshops for all ages!
Thanks to you, our dedicated supporters, these fantastic events are free and open to the public.
National Children's Museum: Launch Zone
112 Waterfront Street National Harbor, MD 20745
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Schedule for each day (Please call to register for a workshop as numbers are limited! Events are FREE!):
11 am: Performance 11:30 am: Interactive Workshop 1 pm: Performance 1:30 pm: Interactive Workshop 3 pm: Performance
The Fleet Parking Garage is located directly behind the Launch Zone. Tel (301) 686-0225
We would love to see you there!
While we are excited to share with you about these upcoming events, we also want to share with you about the struggle facing our public libraries. Many libraries have had their funding cut and will not be able to provide the level of summer programs that they normally could. This Wednesday, March 14, we are aligning with Global Giving's Bonus Day in a one-day fundraiser matched at 30% by Global Giving.
It would be invaluable to us if you can help spread the word as we work to provide interactive performances for little to no cost to libraries and the communities they serve in the DC, MD, VA region this summer 2012. Our goal is to raise $4,000 in 24 hours. In addition to summer programs for libraries, we are now building our funding resources for artist-in-residency programs for the fall.
THANK YOU for continuing to Give the Gift of Literacy!
Thank you for supporting our amazing programs. If you can please forward this project report on to your friends, family and colleagues
so that we can have a successful Bonus Day on March 14th and continue to
give the gift of literacy.
BONUS: the TOP donor to Story Tapestries who contributes between 12am and 11 pm on March 14 will receive a $50 gift card from Whole Foods!
The Voice of Our Audience "I just wanted to thank you very much for the "Immigrant Quilts" performance on Monday. The students commented about how this was their favorite cultural arts experience this year. Remember, we do not have a drama teacher or drama classes. Therefore, it is so important that we try and bring in experiences such as yours to expose them to a culturally rich environment. We thank you for that enrichment. Thank Story Tapestries for us as well. Without the grant, the experience would have been impossible."
Art Teacher, Zebulan Middle School
Voices of the Community
We are thrilled to continue to reach people with arts integration programs that help them have a new perspective, a new energy, and new understanding. Each participant is a re-affirmation of the power of arts integration! In the photo above, you have the opporunity to see an example of our work in action. You see how in January we participated in the Youth Leadership Academy, celebrating the 5th year in a row Salisbury, MD has been named one of the 5 Top Cities for Youth through America's Promise. In our workshop, community leaders and youth discovered how to tell stories. They chose to share significant moments when the path of their life was changed.
Give the Gift of Literacy in DC, MD and VA!
The money donated to the project on March 14th
Will help us to secure funding for:
Summer library programs
There are limited funds available, so we ask that you give early to get the benefit of the match and stretch your gift an extra 30%!
Many Libraries have had their funding cut and will not be able to
provide the level of summer programs that they normally could.
Please help us support our public libraries!
This is a way for us to provide interactive performance
and storytelling programs for little to no cost
for libraries and the communities they serve.
Remember a donation from people will help
to end generations of illiterate families.
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.
Your dollars in action!!
Through generous donations to our "Teach Arts through Literacy" campaign in DC, MD, and VA, we have completed artist-in-residency programs at Payne Elementary School in DC. We will be at Tyler Elementary School in DC and the National Children's Museum Launch Zone in the month of March, with more programs at Pathways School's Wheaton Campus and Jessup Elementary School to come!
Help us find more angels.
If you can please forward this project report to a friend with a personal note explaining why you think it is valuable to continue to fund this project. Ask them to maximize the impact of their dollars by donating on MARCH 14 - BONUS DAY. Starting at 12am EST on March 14th, online donations will be matched at 30% by Global Giving. There are limited funds available, so we ask that you give early to get the benefit of the match and stretch your gift an extra 30%! The donor who gives the most on bonus day wins a $50 gift card.
Payne Elementary is a world culture catalyst school in central DC. The teachers as well as the students learned new techniques for exploring Kenya and Language Arts. The students increased their understanding story sequencing. Furthermore, based on the needs of the community we focused on positive versus negative characteristics and the importance of being kind and helpful in life versus tricky and sneaky. Enjoy one of the stories written through this residency experience!
The Trickster and the Burning Hot Savannah of Kenya by Ms. Glover's 2nd grade class
Germaine, the Zebra, was inside her hut in the Savannah of Kenya studying to become a doctor. Germaine while doing her homework said, “This is hard. I can’t do this.” After 20 hours of studying passed she said “Oh I got this.”
Meanwhile Nemi, the Crocodile, was swimming in her water hole. She decides she is going to trick Germaine into not studying. Nemi said, “I’m bored. I’m going to trick Germaine. I’m going to erase her homework and trap her.” The crocodile digs a hole in the ground with his tail. It took 20 hours to dig the hole.
Nemi crawls over to Germaine’s house. She calls her outside to play 1,2,3, hide and go seek. Nemi shouts, “Come let’s play hide and seek.” They played for 5 hours. It was crocodile’s turn to hide. She hides behind a rock and threw a rope out.
Germaine is looking for Nemi. She calls out “Where are you Nemi?” Suddenly, she trips and falls into the hole. She screams, “OH no, HELP me.”
Nemi shouts down “I got you.” Nemi goes into Germaine’s house and erases her homework. Nemi hides her books. Nemi eats all of Germaine’s Ugali, fish and coconut milk.
Then along came Malachi, the wise medium sized cheetah. Malachi found Germaine, the zebra, in the deep dirty hole because Germaine was shouting “HELP HELP.”
When Malachi, the cheetah, heard this he said “OH no. How did you get down there?”
Germaine tearfully said, “Nemi trapped me.” The cheetah helped Germaine the zebra out of the deep dirty hole by throwing a large grey rope down the hole and pulled up Germaine, the zebra.
Germaine said, “Thank you.” Germaine and Malachi, the wise cheetah went looking for Nemi, the sneaky crocodile. They found him, tricked him, and put him into the deep dirty hole until he decided to play nice.
In the end, Nemi said, “I’m sorry. I promise to not behave silly around other people. I promise to be kind and patient.”
Upcoming programs you've helped make possible and could attend:
If you would like to see a culmination performance of an artist-in-residency experience, contact us for details!
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