Target Arts Fall Session Comes to a Close

Posted 2 December 2011 12:00 AM by Citi

Throughout the Fall Semester, Citi Performing Arts Center in partnership with Boston Public Schools implemented a multilayered in-school performing arts residency program funded by Target, Inc.. Combining school residencies conducted by professional teaching artists with a special guest artist performance and the professional production of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan on Boston’s City Hall Plaza, Target Arts reached 2 schools through input on selection from the Boston Public Schools Arts Office. A total of 700 Boston Public School students were reached during this six week program.            

Armed with curriculum guides created by the Citi Performing Arts Center Education Department, teaching artists worked with classrooms of up to 30 students each at the Ellis Elementary School in Roxbury and the Winthrop Elementary School in Dorchester exploring the themes based on Peter Pan. Themes included defining individual dreams and goals, overcoming obstacles and challenges and feeling empowered in life. Students explored such themes through exercises in acting, dance, movement, personal storytelling and sharing. The program also contracted a local guest artist to perform for school wide assemblies at each of the participating schools. Guest Artist Annawon Weeden (Mashpee Wampanoag), founder of First Light Fun, provided insight to accurate portrayal of Native Americans by sharing history, culture and dance of the Wampanoag tribe.

See photos of the students from both schools in our Media Gallery.

In the students' own words:

“I never knew that I can sound like and practice being an actress.”

“I learned that working with others is great because you can make a difference and help them do better.”

“I think arts are important because it can make you a special artist and can change your life.”

“What I liked about the performance was when they flew to Neverland and it looked so real.”

“One more thing! I loved the Wampanoag artist and his dances, and telling us about his culture. It was really cool to learn about someone else’s culture.”

The Target Arts program will continue with two more residencies at the King K-8 School in Dorchester and the Tobin K-8 School in Mission Hill this January focusing on The Addams Family musical playing at the Shubert Theatre.

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