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1 Seuss, 2 Seuss: Ted I've Read
Beginner Books (times 4) prove that Seuss is no bore! Faithful pachyderm sitting, hopped pop, tooth book & participatory mooing all with an acting point of view, because reading should be fun for students and you!
1 Seuss, 2 Seuss: WWII and Dr. Seuss, Too
Find out how Dr. Seuss’s experiences as an officer in WWII changed children’s literature forever. A dictating turtle and Who’s with small voices will help your students think about history and what influences writers and actors.
A Recipe for Jazz by Cathy Morris
Students will be introduced to jazz, funk, blues, Latin, and Cajun styles of music played on electric violins, keyboards, percussion, electric bass, and drums. This program includes exciting student interaction and audience participation.
A Year with Frog & Toad
Join in the fun of Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books brought to life through a whimsical show following two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe… all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.
ACT ONE is Jr. Civic’s premiere performing troupe and our ambassador to the communities we serve. Made up of 30 talented young performers from throughout the region, this group meets regularly throughout the year and will participate in community events all over metropolitan Indianapolis.
*Students in ACT ONE must have either previous Jr. Civic class/stage experience OR have been a previous ACT ONE member.*
ACT Out Ensemble
A featured part of Claude McNeal Productions (the nationally-acclaimed performance/theatre education company headquartered in Indianapolis), ACT Out is a social-issues improvisational theatre education program that centrally helps students of various ages learn to better face the difficult conflicts that are pervading and damaging societal issues in their everyday lives, encouraging students to embrace individualized solutions. Topics such as bullying, diversity, social anxiety, or anywhere from up to twenty-four other serious issues are acted out by professional actors in intense dramatic scenes, followed by frank, research-based and to the point analysis by both audience and presenters.
Founded in 1995, the ACT Out Ensemble has already helped transform the lives of more than 500,000 through the unique power of live social-issues theatre, and has been recognized by The Washington Post, CNN and Teen People Magazine for its excellence in original work.
All shows are original and researched in meetings with respected health professionals and educators, and then presented through the use of improvisation by four to six actors. ACT Out structures performances to meet the organization’s needs and provides each audience with an entertaining and educational experience. When combined with classroom-based learning, ACT Out programs are an essential element of reinforcing lessons and retention through active discussion. Our data shows that 85% of students who participated in our programs felt it assisted them with their real-life situations and daily encounters. In contrast, data shows that only 5-10% retain information in non-dramatized presentations.
ACT Out has a number of issues we can provide programming on, but specialize in the following topics for 4th through 12th graders, and meet the Indiana State Standards per the Indiana Department of Education (under the standards adjacent to each of
Bullying, including cyber- bullying- Follows Indiana Code 20-34-6-1 (under the anti-bullying and health and wellness standards)
Social Anxiety/Character Development (including self-esteem building) – Follows Indiana Code 20-30-5-5 (under family /consumer science category)
Diversity & Inclusion: Follows Indiana Code 20-30-5-7
Preventing Dating Violence (which includes choosing healthy relationships) Follows Indiana Code 20-30-5-17 and 20-30-5-6 (under the family and consumer science category)
Substance Abuse: Follows Indiana Code (under Health & Wellness) Standard 20-30-5-11
Every ACT Out performance (length, topic and format) is uniquely tailored to suit the intended grade level. Students come away from ACT Out programs with an improved self image, a feeling that they belong to a larger community, a stronger sense of character and an increased spirit of cooperation. We are dedicated to crafting programs that are meaningful to the communities we serve and committed to bringing significant change to the lives of students.
Performances generally last 45 minutes to one hour and feature a number of scenes highlighting selected topics. Scenes are immediately followed by an audience discussion, facilitated by an ACT Out director (also involving the cast), with the goals of empowering students to actively explore ideas presented in the performance, and engaging them in conversations that create continued awareness of the topics. While these discussions embrace personal responsibility and individual solutions, students are encouraged to connect their thoughts during the performance to real-life situations and emotions after the performance. That is the power of live theatre!
ACT TOO! is our fabulous new IMPROVISATION troupe and will meet regularly throughout the year to develop the skills inherent to theatrical improv and then share them with the community in public performances throughout the region.
*Students in ACT TOO must have either previous Jr. Civic class/stage experience OR have been a previous ACT TOO! member.*
African Dance by Ronne Stone (pre-k)
Students will join Ronne Stone on a journey through the regions of Mali, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea learning cultural traditions of song and dance along the way. With the use of body movement, students will explore the elements of rhythm, shape, space, force/energy, patterns, and stories.
AfterSchool Indy is a music education program that focuses on storytelling, music making, and music composition. Classical Music Indy has developed a program curriculum that combines interpreting and appreciating music while learning the basics of music notation. Musicians and staff guide music-making activities that involve performing music and mini composition lessons that provide instruction on writing music. With Classical Music Indy’s AfterSchool Indy program, students listen to, learn, play, and write music!
Anything Can Be a Puppet
Students will tap into their imagination and creativity and begin an exploration of the world of puppetry as they create and animate a found object puppet.
Arabiqa by Karim Nagi
If we can see past the fear-based news, we learn that the Arab world is full of exciting sounds, fascinating instruments, dynamic dances and costumes. Egyptian-Muslim-American musician & folk dancer Karim Nagi provides a dynamic and joyful performance that helps students and teachers hear & see the artistic side of the Arab world. The students will rhythmically clap, speak Arabic words, and be uplifted by Karim’s infectious positive energy
All aboard the ArtBus! This public art tour and field trip experience aims to better connect participants with the visual arts in their community and throughout Indianapolis. ArtBus routes start at your location and travel to arts and cultural institutions around town, stopping along the way to discover Indianapolis’ public art. (More detailed route information below, under Locations.) An ArtBus Conductor will help your group make sense of art works by asking open-ended questions designed to prompt close observation. S/he will also lead interactive activities that will help participants think about how art works are made and are valued, and give participants a behind-the-scenes look at artists and arts-related professions. Participants will also get an opportunity to try their hand at making their own art.
ArtBus is an ideal experience for youth 8-18 or for adults. ArtBus trips can be customized to provide professional development opportunities for visual arts educators and educators aiming to integrate history, civics, local geography with the arts.
Artist in Residence
Enhancing student learning outcomes in schools
ArtMix Artist in Residence program uses the arts to enhance education in the classroom. From preschool to grade 12, students with disabilities will expand on curriculum through the arts. ArtMix teaching artists work with classroom teachers to create a lesson plan that meets the needs of the students. Then our teaching artist will team teach with the classroom teacher, while providing tools and techniques that can be used after the residency has ended.
As professional artists, ArtMix Teaching Artists have expertise in one or more arts disciplines and skills in working with students, youth, adults and teachers. Teaching Artists are also familiar with various disabilities and effective methods for adapting techniques and differentiating instruction to reach all learners.
For more than 20 years, ArtReach has provided high-quality year-round, community-based art education to children ages 5-18 living in underserved areas of Indianapolis. This afterschool and summer studio art program serves approximately 1,000 youth at 26 sites annually. During their semester-long ArtReach class, students learn art-making, art history, art criticism and aesthetics and gain valuable self-confidence and self-expression along the way.
Every spring ArtReach students are invited to exhibit their artwork at the ArtReach Exhibition. The artwork they’ve created is professionally displayed in the Indianapolis Art Center’s galleries for their friends, family, and community to see.
ArtReach works with each partner location to identify a schedule, location, and age range. A teaching artist is selected based on the needs and qualities of the partner site. Teaching artists create curriculum unique to each site and serve as positive, caring role models for the youth they teach. Partner sites are expected to manage recruitment, assist with demographics collection, and provide an adult representative to be present during each ArtReach session.
Arts Integration Training
The Kennedy Center has spent years studying the best ways to help make the arts an integral part of all of our lives. As they have looked at the school experience, their research continues to show that students learn best in environments where learning “is active and experiential, reflective, social, evolving, and focused on problem-solving. Arts integration provides learning experiences that reflect all these characteristics.” If you are a teacher looking for ways to integrate the arts into your regular curriculum, Harrison Center artist and former high school teacher, Quincy Owens, has created a whole repository of great things to study and places in the city to take your students.
Asante Tales by Deborah Asante
Beginning with original stories, and ending with improvised stories and games, students will leave this performance knowing the importance of telling their own stories.
Author Visits with Writer-in-Residence Barbara Sho...
Our Writer-in-residence, Barbara Shoup, frequently visits high school classrooms to teach students creative writing. Shoup has published eight young adult novels, and has several decades of teaching experience. Students benefit from an increased understanding of the creative process, and of Indiana literature.
Baby Artsplay by Amauunet Ashe
Little ones will be engaged through books (storytelling and songs) with sensory, motor skills, emergent language, spatial awareness, object permanence and body movement activities. Intended for ages 6-24 months.
Beginning Ballet Class
Taught by dancer Paige Robinson, this class of formal ballet instruction introduces young dancers (ages 6 – 8) to basic positions, correct body alignment, barre work and terminology…A structured progression that creates the foundation for future dance training.
Bollywood Dance & Culture by Usha Sirimalle
Students will be introduced to the basic steps in Indian Bollywood dancing. Indian culture, language, and history is all intertwined in this movement workshop. Bollywood is a fusion of traditional and classical Indian dances with the influence of some jazz, hip-hop and modern dance. Students will learn poses, grace, hand and foot movements and expression, all integral parts of Bollywood dance. As they dance and act them out, students will learn the meanings of the songs.
Book of Leaves by the Back-to-Back Bonnies
Choose an imaginative way to introduce nature to your students through poetry and a hanging book of leaves. For the winter months, students can create a hanging book of hot chocolate mugs instead of leaves and write odes to the winter season. This is a 2-part workshop: 60 minutes for poetry and 60 minutes for making the book. The parts do not have to take place on the same day.
Bringing Math Story Problems to Life through Puppe...
This three-hour teacher workshop offers a step-by-step strategy for using hand puppetry to teach students to understand and visualize math story problems. Participants will learn to use simple ball and glove puppet pantomime skits to increase their ability to turn equations into story problems, transform story problems into equations, and be more likely to achieve accurate solutions. Puppetry makes math fun!
*Developed in collaboration with the Kennedy Centers Partners in Education Program at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.
Bullying: A Play on Conflict Resolution
Students will explore their own experiences, attitudes, and prejudices about school bullying in a way that is comfortable yet insightful. This program raises awareness about the roles that the bully, victim, and the witness play in these situations. Both students and teachers will come away with new tools for dealing with bullying.
Bullying: Behind the Scenes
This highly interactive workshop gives students a real-life look at what to do with bullies in school. Two actors will teach theater techniques as students learn what to do and say when tension and conflict arise during bullying behaviors.
Butler Ballet: The Nutcracker - Matinee for School...
Butler Ballet is proud to present their 35th annual production of The Nutcracker. Come enjoy the music of Tchaikovsky as the dancers recreate this favorite holiday tale. The Nutcracker, based on the story The Nutcracker and the King of Mice written by E.T.A. Hoffman, is the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King. From the festive party scene to the enchanted Land of Sweets, students will enjoy the artistry, music and dance of this magical production.
Chancleta: A Rythmic Experience by Sancocho
Chancleta is a dance and music from the eastern part of Cuba called Oriente that was created as part of the festivities of carnivals called conga/comparsa. Students will use wooden sandals to create the rhythms to compliment the music. Musical instruments used to create the rhythm are various sounding drums, bells, shakers and some found objects. A song will be taught to complete the activity. Putting the elements of song, music and dance will create a community and replicate the interactive experience. Andre Rosa-Artis and Tony Artis will lead the dance and music.
Chancleta: Dance & Music by Sancocho
This Cuban art form is presented with a high level of student interaction. Students will learn the chancleta, a dance created by African slaves popular in the eastern part of Cuba. Students will learn the traditions rhythms as both dancers and drummers.
Choose Your Own Poetry Workshop with Bonnie Maurer...
Students will create original poems on their own or as a class. You can choose one of these popular topics –
Odes and Observation
Feelings about yourself
Friendly Letter Format
Poetry Cards & Games
Or meet with Bonnie to create a workshop based on your curriculum.
Christopher Columbus: the Shame in the Glory by Ha...
He failed; he succeeded. He’s considered a founding father but never landed in the USA. He is despised; he is loved. Should he be judged by the values of his time or by ours? This one-man interactive play is designed to heal wounds 500 years old. by recognizing that horrible crimes were committed and great feats accomplished.
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