Our collaborative role supports teachers in delivering high-quality arts-integrated programs that provide equitable educational opportunities to increase student engagement, support social and emotional learning, and activate critical thinking and problem-solving skills. We work together with teachers to establish clear instructional goals and outcomes. Our program does not replace traditional curricula but supplements and enriches classroom lessons allowing students to make meaningful connections between subject areas. Residencies can be customized to adhere to the specific needs of individual schools.
Our in-school arts-integrated residency program, “Voice Your Soul,” is custom-designed to fit each school’s needs and align with Standards. The entire residency program consists of 24 one-hour sessions. The structure is typically designed for meeting three days a week for an hour each session (or per school scheduling needs) plus a culminating event—a showcase of student-created social justice projects presented at the school for classmates, teachers, parents, caregivers, and family members. Shorter workshops of our entire program are also available.
Our program includes customizable lessons with student-centered activities and the following resources: Lesson activities, music, videos, rubrics, graphic organizers, and additional primary/secondary sources such as reliable, current event news and social media, historical speeches, charts, and graphs. All we need is a classroom! Our teaching method is project-based learning with rigorous integration of—ELA, Social Studies, Civics, SEL, Technology, Art, and Music. The unit ends with student-created social justice-themed projects featuring multimedia, art, and creative writing—songs, rap, poetry, skits—and live performances.