STEM plus Arts = Learning Full STEAM ahead!

by Story Tapestries Inc.

Part of what makes Story Tapestries programs effective is that they're designed to create interaction between participants; so when we bring performances and workshops to a family setting, like a public library, it creates an opportunity for parents and their children to share something special together and learn a bit more about each other. These experiences are memorable and fun and are at the heart of what puts the "A" in STEM - connecting people, ideas and information through the ARTS. Read on to hear reactions from participants and organizers of a recent Story Tapestries program at a Washington, DC library:

"We love these programs, such as Story Tapestries, for our children in the public library space and attend them often. They are enriching, exciting and bring storytelling to another dimension."

           -Parent and Woodridge Neighborhood Library user 

Story Tapestries was invited to share folklore, play music and create an interactive storyscape at the reopening ceremony of the Woodridge Neighborhood Library on October 1st. We've partnered with local libraries before, and this was yet another incredible experience to bring arts integration into the DC community. We're excited to highlight some of the library's amazing features as well as the initiatives being led by the DC public library system for our community.

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Renovations at Woodridge Library were completed this summer (located at the corner of 18th St. NE and Rhode Island Ave). The library officially opened on September 28th and spans over 20,000 square feet, complete with updated study rooms, computer kiosks and a rooftop terrace for the general public.

"We're looking forward for the rooftop terrace to be used as a lounge area and additional reading space. The terrace overlooks a view of the neighborhood park and we're excited for the natural lighting the outdoors will bring to the library space," said Janette Graham, Woodridge Neighborhood Library branch manager.

Read more by clicking HERE!

img_9015We're happy to be able to share stories like this one that let you know how your dollars have made a difference.

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We're excited to start a new academic year filled with programs for communities in need - empowering individuals to recognize and implement their inherent talents and skills and helping them build teams to create a greater positive impact sharing common goals. To start off the new year, we'd like to share with you, our loyal supporters, a story from an artist's perspective that shares about an event several Story Tapestries artists participated in within our home community of Montgomery County, Maryland. Read below about how all artistic disciplines weaved together brought stories and the world around us to life - books that unfold the magic of science, math and technology in interactive and entertaining ways.

Thank you for being part of the amazing network that makes arts education programs possible!

The Scoop:

Several of our artists had the pleasure of leading programs at the Strathmore for their annual Discover Strathmore festival to kick off summer.

ST Artist, Barbara Effron, shares about her experience:

Discover Strathmore, a free, family-friendly festival, is an annual neighborhood tradition providing an up-close look at the many offerings of this multi-disciplinary arts center.
This year’s theme, “Discover Strathmore Off the Page,” presented in association with Story Tapestries, celebrated the “way we tell stories through various forms of artistic expression - like song, spoken word, puppetry, and film.”

Blog contributor, Barbara Effron, performing at Discover Strathmore 

I was delighted to join with ten artists from the greater D.C. area for this wonderful family day. What a treat to hear Jamaal Collier engage his audiences with his beatbox and rapping style, to watch so many children join Diane Macklin on stage to create an adaptation of an Aesop’s fable, and to listen to The Fourth Wall tell “The History of the Toy Soldier” – featuring a flutist dancing like a mechanical ballerina, and a trombonist simulating a sword.

I opened my storytelling set with a story song, “King Kong Kichie, Kichie Kimee-oh”, followed by my musical adaptations of two folktales -- “Wide Mouth Frog,” told with puppets, and “The Old Woman and the Pumpkin.” Children and parents joined in the fun by singing...
discover more by clicking HERE!

Here's a short video of Arianna Ross performing at the Discover Strathmore festival:


Additional News:

We are working with Total Learning Digital to make our dreams of building a Virtual Classroom come true! Read more about our project here. Sue Snyder, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized consultant in integrated and arts-infused curriculum design, development creativity and higher order thinking skills, early literacy and early learning, arts advocacy, and music education. She is president of IDEAS: Inventive Designs for Education and the ArtS, LLC, a consulting and publishing company dedicated to facilitating child appropriate educational models and programs. Sue connected with Story Tapestries and her platform for the Total Learning site will help Story Tapestries launch a Virtual Classroom site that brings the power of arts integration tools directly to teachers, teaching artists and parents 24/7. To make this a reality, ST needs to raise $5,000 by October 31 to set up our current website for the next steps toward this transition. If you are interested in supporting this initiative, see the ST Virtual Classroom Project on GlobalGiving.

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FullSizeRenderAs promised here is another young author's writing sample. This is again from our recent visit to Jessup Elementary School. This time though the student is from Mrs. Siple’s Kindergarten class. It is a "take" on a Greek Myth style, the subject being: 

What causes big storms?

Below is the students outline for the story, enjoy!!

  1. Zeus: 110 years old, mean, grumpy, holds lightening bolt
  2. Hermes: 4 years old, sneaky, excited, holds a harp
  3. Athena: 19 years old, brave, miserable, holds a shield
Setting: The story takes place in outer space on the planet Mars. However, this Mars also has green trees and a deep blue lake.  This planet had a lot of rain and storms that came from the sky.  The rain looked like golden slime. It had dark blue clouds always hanging over it.
Problem: Suddenly, Zeus’ lightening bolt and cloud was not working.  He had to leave his cloud behind.  His cloud was constantly causing thunderstorms when it was not supposed to. One day, his cloud even started to pour on Athena while she was starting a war.  Instantly, the war ended and she was furious.  Athena was angry that she had been rained upon. It even messed up her luxuriously beautiful hair.  She was left standing by herself in the middle of the field.  She sent Hermes to Zeus.  He responded with IT’s NOT MY FAULT. Hermes brought a message from Zeus to Athena…HE REFUSED to apologize.  She marched over to where Zeus was reading a book. Hermes felt like he was in between two grumpy adults.  He looked at both of them not knowing what to do.  Athena chucked her sticky gooey lunch at Zeus. She laughed and shouted “HA HA HA, that’s what you get.”  It hit Zeus in the middle of his forehead. Liquid oozed into his surprised eyes.

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We simply can not get enough time with these young hearts. We love the time we get to have with them and truly enjoy the follow up stories and testimonials we get afterwards.







Thank you so much for your support, please continue to advocate for us by sending this report to friends and family that would love to be part of this project too. 

Thank you for your continued support!!



One of our partnering artist, Carrie Sue Ayvar, had a wonderful experience with another partnering group we love, The Learning Alliance. Here is her story of their time:


 “My hands say thank you with a clap, clap, clap. My feet say thank you with a tap, tap, tap.” It was an amazing, filled with magical, light-bulb-going-on moments, week in Vero Beach. We started off the week with a 3 hour workshop for Early Childhood Teachers, Once Upon A Story:

Early Childhood Language and Literacy Learning. Following the theory of an old Chinese Proverb, “Tell me & I forget. Show me & I remember. Involve me & I understand” seventy teachers rhymed and moved, played and learned and even told a story in three languages! How wonderful that so many of them let me know how they would use the strategies and skills we practiced. As one teacher wrote, “Multi-sensory literacy strategies learned was awesome. I will love using all the information given today.


Then came an Embedded Coaching and Residency with three brilliant teachers at the Child Care Resources of Indian River Center. Using child directed creative and dramatic play, we went on Imaginary Journeys, learned new rhymes, songs and stories, and used steady beat to enhance language acquisition. We not only boosted verbal communication, used our problem solving skills, practiced turn taking and cooperation but we had a huge amount of fun. How gratifying to hear how these amazing, gifted teachers are using the new strategies!

Here are a few quotes from teachers at these sessions:

“I’ve learned new strategies and techniques for building language and learning through play.” 


“I’ve learned so much this past week, adding signing and gestures, graphing, tally marks, props and more.”

“We were amazed at how receptive the children were to Carrie Sue’s introduction of the Spanish language. We plan to work on incorporating more multi-lingual activities.” How incredible to watch these two, three and four year olds absorb these ideas and use them throughout the day. They were retelling the stories, singing the songs on the playground, repeating rhymes at home to their parents.



On Parent’s Night the families came to play! All were eager to learn ways to support their children’s learning. They not only jumped right in but were excited to take these ideas home.

Parents walked away saying:           

“This was great. I will be using more Nursery Rhymes – everywhere!”

“Oh, you have inspired me to read and tell stories more. Thank you.”

This is exactly why I love being a Teaching Artist. A wonderful week and no doubt that the fun – and learning! – will be continuing. My hands, my feet, my heart all say thank you!



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We love our students and the schools we get to teach at, Jessup Elementary is no exception. The teachers and students there are remarkable. We recently had a few classes submit some original writings about Greek Myths. Student creativity is AMAZING. Check out this work submitted through Mrs. Donor’s classroom:

Original Greek Myth Characters:
  • Zeus (King of the Gods), 100 years old, Powerful, Excited
  • Poseidon (God of the Sea) 112 years old, Aggressive, Angry
  • Athena (Goddess of Wisdom) 40 years old, Brave, lonely
  • Artemis (Goddess of the Hunt and Moon), 99 years old, Helpful, Afraid


FullSizeRender (4)Setting: On a Gigantic Cloud above an ocean full of dangerous sharks, Spring Thunderstorm, Chilly, The sky is a dark ominously gray color, huge undulating waves Problem: Poseidon stirs up the ocean creating gigantic angry waves.  He wants to knock Athena off of the clouds and into the water.  Athena bragged directly to Poseidon “I’m  1 million times smarter than you!” She is so cruel to him because he made fun of her yesterday.  Artemis overheard and tells Athena that she’s right. Artemis shouts, “Poseidon is the meanie of the family.”


There were many examples from this school and we will send out more from these young "authors." What an exciting time to be involved in their lives. The creativity and imagination that pours from them is life changing. We LOVE what we do. We LOVE to impact students and thereby change the communities they and we live in.


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Story Tapestries Inc.

Location: Germantown, MD - USA
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Project Leader:
Arianna Ross
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