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...
Feb 2, 2017

Exciting steps toward our Virtual Classroom!

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What a week! Story Tapestries just submitted two major grant proposals that, if awarded, will help us take significant strides toward our Virtual Classroom – a brand new website that offers curated arts-integrated lessons and activities for educators, parents and concerned adults. This initiative will support learning in all subject areas, but it is especially useful for STEAM learning.

 

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Story Tapestries is an advocate and a collaborator for building a blueprint for success through our network of artists, educators, families, organizations, businesses, presenters and community leaders.  The core principle of what we engage in is Arts Integration which means that we use the arts as a tool to teach with, learn from and develop the community.  We recognize that the keystone in the bridge that we are often building is the arts, but we need to incorporate other pieces of the puzzle (curricula, conflict resolution, financial literacy, community service, etc) to truly create change.   We want our website to be a community resource center – a place for people and organizations to collaborate and connect with a variety of diverse resources.  

The grants we just applied for will help us start building the foundation of our Virtual Classroom, which is our new website.  To take this first step, Story Tapestries decided to partner with a local marketing firm in Maryland, Marstudio, to help us build and design our new framework.  The initial design and building phase for our new website is being tackled from January to June 2017. Then, in July/August 2017 we will be ready to take the next steps toward the Virtual Classroom itself.  Although now that feels like all the time in the world, we know it will be summer before we know it!

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Marstudio is an award-winning and experienced Strategic Branding & Creative Marketing Firm located in Rockville, MD, and they conduct business locally (Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia), nationwide and internationally.  After researching many options throughout the DC metro region, we realized their commitment to local non-profits while bringing a national and international perspective was exactly the fit we were looking for. We’re excited to be able to partner with a local company to undertake this project.
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Although our Virtual Classroom can be used as a tool for teaching all curriculum areas, its benefits for STEAM are particularly exciting.   It will encourage familiarity with crucial modern technologies such as computers and tablets, providing opportunities for children in remote or underserved areas to build computer and internet skills while engaging with the arts.

Thank you for supporting Story Tapestries and making it possible for us to take this exciting next step for STEM plus Arts = Learning Full STEAM Ahead!

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Feb 2, 2017

Exciting steps toward our Virtual Classroom!

thumb_img_3144_1024

What a week! Story Tapestries just submitted two major grant proposals that, if awarded, will help us take significant strides toward our Virtual Classroom – a brand new website that offers curated arts-integrated lessons and activities for educators, parents and concerned adults. 

 

ymca-kids-and-me

Story Tapestries is an advocate and a collaborator for building a blueprint for success through our network of artists, educators, families, organizations, businesses, presenters and community leaders.  The core principle of what we engage in is Arts Integration which means that we use the arts as a tool to teach with, learn from and develop the community.  We recognize that the keystone in the bridge that we are often building is the arts, but we need to incorporate other pieces of the puzzle (curricula, conflict resolution, financial literacy, community service, etc) to truly create change.   We want our website to be a community resource center – a place for people and organizations to collaborate and connect with a variety of diverse resources.  

The grants we just applied for will help us start building the foundation of our Virtual Classroom, which is our new website.  To take this first step, Story Tapestries decided to partner with a local marketing firm in Maryland, Marstudio, to help us build and design our new framework.  The initial design and building phase for our new website is being tackled from January to June 2017. Then, in July/August 2017 we will be ready to take the next steps toward the Virtual Classroom itself.  Although now that feels like all the time in the world, we know it will be summer before we know it!

Photo Jan 09, 11 43 39 AM  jpeg  Beachland Grade 1 (7)

Marstudio is an award-winning and experienced Strategic Branding & Creative Marketing Firm located in Rockville, MD, and they conduct business locally (Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia), nationwide and internationally.  After researching many options throughout the DC metro region, we realized their commitment to local non-profits while bringing a national and international perspective was exactly the fit we were looking for. We’re excited to be able to partner with a local company to undertake this project.
marstudio-logo

Although our Virtual Classroom can be used as a tool for teaching all curriculum areas, its benefits for STEAM are particularly exciting.   It will encourage familiarity with crucial modern technologies such as computers and tablets, providing opportunities for children in remote or underserved areas to build computer and internet skills while engaging with the arts.

Thank you for supporting Story Tapestries and making it possible for us to take this exciting next step toward our Virtual Classroom!

Links:

Jan 12, 2017

Learning Through Stories

Every once on in a while, we and the artists we work with like to step back and appreciate why we work so hard to help educators teach literacy through the arts.  One of the wonderful artists in the Story Tapestries network, Carie Sue Ayvar, recently sat down with us to explain how she came to be so passionate about this work.

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“I just love stories!” says Carrie Sue Ayvar, award-winning storyteller and longtime friend of us here at Story Tapestries.  She was explaining her enthusiasm and love for storytelling.  Carrie Sue remembers telling and listening to stories since she was little. Her inspiration to become a storyteller comes from her grandfather whose stories she listened to while visiting him during summers.  “If I came to him with a problem or something, he always had a story to tell. That’s how he encouraged me to figure things out,” she says

 She is a firm believer of using her art to educate and communicate. “My grandfather taught me that it’s hard to hate someone whose story you know,” she says.

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Her stories are traditional and international folktales, with a sprinkling of her own anecdotes. She regularly incorporates other languages, especially Spanish, into her stories.

“Children easily adapt to be bilingual but adults may not be as fluent,” she says. Using familiar stories with bilingual elements helps non-native speakers grasp a new language. As these parents continue telling the stories, they can improve on their language skills through using rhyme, rhythm and repetition.

Through her stories, Carrie Sue has been able to incorporate both language and math concepts.  She regularly conducts professional development classes to train teachers to integrate arts into the curriculum. “These things do work.”

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In fact, according to the National Assembly of States Arts Agencies (NASAA), the overall effects of arts integration can benefit both English language learners and native English speakers through being able to communicate better. (More about the NASAA findings, here.)

“Everyone should learn one story to tell,” she explains.”Telling a story empowers a person…giving that confidence to speak in front of others.”

Ever busy, Carrie Sue is already looking ahead and preparing programs for the new year. “I’m so lucky to do the things that I love…listening and telling stories.”

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With Story Tapestries, Carrie Sue has worked with students in workshops and performances to improve literacy skills, and she has also become a regular contributor with our weekly "Tuesdays with StoryTapestries" Facebook Live video series.  We're thankful to have her in our artist network and look forward to bringing her to many more schools and communities in the future!

 

We're happy to be able to share stories like this that let you know how your dollars have made a difference.  Thank you for helping us make such programs possible!

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