On behalf of all of the staff, Board Members, artists, and network collaborators of Story Tapestries, we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
We are incredibly grateful for you and for the support you give us - just by reading this message and being part of our network of donors. We appreciate what you've given and what your contribution has made possible.
Thank you for continuing to share with us!
Happiest Thanksgiving wishes to you and yours,
Arianna Ross Founder and Executive Director, Story Tapestries
Turning STEM into STEAM Science * Technology * Engineering * ARTS * Mathematics
Elementary Teacher, Janet Liimatta, shares reflections after participating in an artist-in-residency with Story Tapestries Master Teaching Artist, Arianna Ross:
With the PreK and Kindergarten age group, we focus on how systems require things to work together.If something goes wrong within a system, it can prevent the system from working. On her first visit, Mrs. Ross helped the students usedrama techniques to build living machinesto demonstrate this concept. After brainstorming what type of machine we should build,each member of the class created a motion and a soundthat they would act out. As students were added,the machine came to life.
For the next two sessions, we explored systems in nature.Students used scarves and their imagination to build a butterfly garden. With a partner, students looked for caterpillars, chrysalis, and butterflies. I enjoyed seeing the students sniffing the scarves as if they were flowers.They were totally committed to the scene. Ournext adventurewas to take an imaginary trip to the Chesapeake Bay tolearn about the water cycle.Students created a danceto represent three phases: evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.A week later, my pre-K students were able to identify the phases againwithout any additional instruction. This was a very powerful moment for me as a teacher, reinforcing what I already believed about arts integration.
Tuesdays with Story Tapestries | November 27, 2018 at 7pm
Connect with us on Facebook for a LIVE video with a special guest! Next up: Story Tapestries' Founder and Executive Director, Arianna Ross Arianna is a Master Teaching Artist and an acclaimed Storyteller! Be sure to tune in by connecting to theStory Tapestries Facebook channelat 7pm EST.
Story Tapestries invites you to join us for an evening of storytelling that includes a film screening featuring Montgomery County community members, a live demo of our Digital Classroom with resources for educators and parents, and some surprises...!
Threads of Change: Connecting Our Stories Thursday, September 27th 5:30-6:00pm refreshments and networking 6:00-7:00pm presentation and surprises! @ Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union 12820 Wisteria Drive, Germantown, MD 20874
Story Tapestries was engaged by Montgomery County Public Schools to deliver an innovative summer program at Neelsville Middle School with the support of Family Learning Solutions and NAMI Maryland, Inc. (National Alliance on Mental Illness).
Teaching artist, Anthony Truitt, shares some first impressions:
Many educators will agree that the middle school years can be the most challenging to work with. However when you have a devoted team of staff and teachers, adequate resources and preparation along with a solid plan going into each day, it makes teaching four classes of 6th, 7th and 8th graders much easier. This has been my experience as a teacher/artist at Neelsville Middle school over the past week.
The hours of preparation leading up to the first day of the summer program have truly paid off. Part of my strategy is to never have a moment, or even the appearance of a moment, when I, as the instructor, am not prepared, either with some type of activity, game, classroom discussion or media to watch - all of these being directly related to the topics we're covering.
Make no mistake about it, they are 10, 11, 12 and 13-year-olds. There will be disruptions, silliness and lots of re-direction; however my strength in the classroom comes from preparation and not appearing like a deer in the headlights.
Above and beyond the preparation is the joy I get from being around the kids who are amazing to me, and perhaps that shows. If young people really believe that you are there for them and want to see them succeed at whatever they're doing, you've already won half the battle. Honestly these Neelsville kids are pretty adorable in their own unique ways. I've never taught at a middle school that's as ethnically diverse as Neelsville. Nearly 90 percent of my kids are 1st generation Americans. Each day I teach the children of Ghanaians, Senegalese, El Salvadorians, Mexicans and Guatemalans, to name a few, and it's an honor. I see their thirst for knowledge and it's truly gratifying to share in their daily achievements.
This September, students at Neelsville Middle School continue to work with staff from Story Tapestries, Family Learning Solutions and NAMI in a robust series of after-school programs funded by the Trawick Foundation and by donors like you.
Join us September 27th to learn more about this program and others!
** Stay tuned next week for an extra special update for our website supporters! **
In our last report, we shared with you about the Building Bridges program at Montgomery Village Middle School. To continue that story, ST Artist Jenna Murphy shares some final thoughts and reflections:
That’s a wrap on Building Bridges at Montgomery Village Middle School for the 2017-2018 school year! Students spent the month of May rehearsing their plays and honing their performance skills in preparation for their debut at the Strathmore. They memorized their lines, polished their blocking, and embraced technical elements with grace. The night before their final performance, students performed excerpts from their plays at their school’s Pride Night. On May 31st, 20 students from Montgomery Village Middle School performed their original plays, “Worlds Apart” and “Destination Unknown,” at the Strathmore Mansion. These new works were created based on student writing and discussions that took place between February and March. “Worlds Apart” explored the dynamics of family, culture, immigration, heritage and ethnicity. “Destination Unknown” explored the challenges and rewards of transitioning from childhood to adolescence. Check out the footage from this special night at the beautiful Strathmore Mansion to hear the powerful words of these young artists.
In addition to this wonderful event listening to students' stories, we also brought to a conclusion the first series of Amplify US! community storytelling workshops and performances. AmplifyUS! is designed and produced in partnership with Strathmore, Arts on the Block and Impact Silver Spring with funding support from Alternate Roots and the Montgomery County Neighborhood Fund. The program is also a part of the NEA's Big Read series of events produced in collaboration with MCM, MCPL and the Friends of the Library. The program stemmed out of concern regarding the rise in hate crimes in Montgomery County, and resulted in the formation of a Community Engagement Team who has worked together to plan and bring this project to life. The program included a series of storytelling workshops and performances at public libraries aimed at helping participants harness the arts to tell their personal stories, and culminated on June 24th with a final public performance at the Strathmore Mansion.In these fun and inspiring performances, participants in AmplifyUS! workshops along with professional storytellers and spoken-word artist told their personal stories through storytelling, slam poetry, hip-hop, and visual arts. Participants shared funny, dramatic, and heart-wrenching moments from their own lives through short performances and pop-up art exhibits. This AmplifyUS! performance followed our series of storytelling workshops aimed at helping participants harness the arts to tell their personal stories. Get a glimpse of what happened!
One more exciting piece of news we want to share with this Press Release:
After a careful vetting process, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington has selected Story Tapestries, Inc. to be part of the Class of 2018-19. Story Tapestries, Inc. has undergone a rigorous review process conducted by a team of 120+ experts in the local philanthropic field, and has met the Catalogue’s high standards. Potential donors can be confident that the nonprofits in the Catalogue are worthy of their support.
This year the Catalogue celebrates its 16th anniversary: since its inception it has raised $40 million for nonprofits in the region. It also offers trainings, neighborhood-based opportunities for collaboration, and a speakers series for individuals who want to learn about and engage with the needs, challenges, and accomplishments of our shared community.
This year, reviewers helped select 77 charities to feature in the print edition, 38 of which are new to the Catalogue this year. It also selected an additional 49 nonprofits to be re-featured on its website. The network now includes 400+ vetted nonprofits working in the arts, education, environment, and human services sectors throughout Greater Washington.
“People want to know where to give and they need trusted information. Based on our in-depth review, we believe that Story Tapestries, Inc. is one of the best community-based nonprofits in the region,” says Bob Wittig, Executive Director of the Catalogue for Philanthropy.
Katrina Zimmerman, Board President of Story Tapestries, says: Being featured in The Catalogue is an honor that we are very proud to have achieved and we are very excited for the possibilities this partnership will create for Story Tapestries. This increased visibility will allow us to be one step closer to achieving our goals in building stronger, more literate communities using the arts.
The Catalogue believes in the power of small nonprofits to spark big change. As the only locally-focused guide to giving, its goal is to create visibility for the best community-based charities, fuel their growth with philanthropic dollars, and create a movement for social good in the greater Washington region. The Catalogue charges no fees; it raises funds separately to support its work.
We're very excited to share this news with you - a supporter of Story Tapestries - as it demonstrates our continued commitment to excellence and to serving our community.
These stories and accomplishments wouldn't be possible without a strong network of dedicated contributors, like you, and for that we give you our most sincere thanks.
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