Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director, Presents:
A R T S – I N – E D U C A T I O N
Our program is free of charge and closely follows the benchmarks and evaluation criteria established in the NYC Department of Education’s Blueprint for Teaching & Learning in the Art: Theater and the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts. Middle school-aged children take their role in society seriously. Students at this stage of their lives are testing their relationship to the world, both in terms of challenging the status quo and developing a self-identity with which they feel comfortable. They start to think about what kind of person they are and how they are perceived. Yet, too often they see themselves as insignificant players within their communities rather than the crucial elements that they are.
TNC’s program is geared toward awakening student’s sense of the important role they play in their community and enabling them to articulate their vision and ideas creatively.
This goal is achieved through the following concrete objectives:
(1) Developing practical skills in the elements of play creating and production, including diverse forms of artistic and t5echnical competencies to empower students through play production;
(2) Improving verbal and non-verbal communication skills reading, writing, public speaking, and emotional expression;
(3) Improving socialization skills, building cooperation in ensemble work and encouraging self-reliance;
(4) Allowing students to study and create in a professional theater facility, adding a pragmatic and goal-reaching element to their lives and supplanting the confines of a classroom with the expansive world of theater;
(5) Helping youngsters to be mentors and teachers of their own peers and younger children.
The semester ends in a “Culminating Event” in which the students demonstrate their new skills and perform their own one-act plays and songs.