By Megan Watson, Marketing & Communications Specialist
As teacher Adrienne Reiswerg stated, “My fourth grade class’ experience with Bonnie and Arts for Learning was one of the highlights of our year. It is exactly the kind of enriching experience that transcends the testing culture and institutionalization of our schools. The children’s imaginations, vocabulary, and arts background were changed and challenged. It was the most authentic and rewarding school week for all of us, and we are still talking about it!”
Bonnie, of Sapphire Theatre, is a teaching artist with Arts for Learning. She, alongside with her colleague, Nick, bring students the “Once Upon Our Time: Staging New Fairy Tales” residency. The program challenges students to think about how the fairy tale creatures of yesterday (like the Tortoise & the Hare) would fare in a modern setting. Students are encouraged to consider environmental issues and analyze their own responsibility in creating a sustainable future for our world. As they perform a theatrical play with their classmates, they learn concepts including composting, recycling, and reusing to reduce their waste.
This program, along with our other environmental programs, were funded by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.