2023 - 2024 Programs Funded
Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade have a customized Creative Dance Residency à la the Dance Education Laboratory’s approach to teaching and learning dance. This child-centered approach explores the elements of dance (body, space, time, energy) and provides children the tools to make their own dances. Teaching artists connect dance learning experiences to classroom curricular concepts (social studies, ELA, math, science, etc.) and collaborate with our classroom teachers.
2nd and 3rd Grade have World Stories Alive (Storytelling) with Rachael Harrington, where students participate in stories through call-and-response, rhythm, repeated phrases, prediction and adding details in real time to the story, and musical elements. By jumping into narrative action in this way, learners gain language and vocabulary development, cultural expression and learning, empathy, creative expression, and speaking and performing confidence.
4th and 5th Grade welcome back teaching artists from New Victory Theater, who offer both extraordinary performances and education resources. Our programming includes a season of live productions, digital videos, interactive performing arts workshops and unlimited access to a library of teacher guides, instructional videos and professional learning sessions.
6th and 7th Grade dive into the art forms of comedy and improv with Stacy Davidowitz of Uptown Stories. This workshop series is all about unleashing creative kinetic energy and getting it down on paper. By combining students’ natural need to move with the comedy writing project of their choice, they’ll build self-confidence and hone their writing skills.
8th Grade creates a custom Time Capsule with Jane LeCroy of Uptown Stories. Composed of personal writing and small objects that represent this period of time in history and the students’ lives, the Time Capsule is preserved for future generations of IS 187 graduates. They create personal Zines–tiny publications where each student expresses themselves–using collage, drawings, photos, portrait poems, memory poems, and dreams of the future prose. This is an epic reflection/projection creative project that’s become a Hudson Cliffs annual tradition!
The Self-Contained Class will get back to nature with photographer Camila Otero. Students will master the tenets of photographic composition, learn techniques specific to nature photography, and reimagine how they see the environment.
Learning through visual arts, dance, music, drama, and creative writing inspires our children, giving them a platform to creatively express themselves and hone their critical thinking skills. This enriching programming is possible thanks to the generosity of donors to Friends of 187!
2023 Spring Programs Funded
Over 300 classes occurred weekly during school hours for 12 weeks this Spring Semester (March-June). The spring residency focused on building creative writing, social-emotional, and language arts skills in coordination with the school’s curriculum.
Pre-K - Kindergarten
Creative Movement with Puppetry (Social-Emotional Learning) with Tamala Bakkensen
Playful, quirky, and creative puppets guide students through lessons on emotions, the environment, springtime, diversity, and relationships. Students enjoy learning through interactive creative play, movement, singing, dancing, and storytelling.
1st & 2nd Grade
CREATE: Early Arts Learning (Theater) with New Victory Theater teaching artists
Inspired by the art forms and themes of a New Victory performance, teaching artists lead students through interactive performing arts workshops. Students learn theater craft through developing characters (and puppets!) and composing scenes together.
3rd & 4th Grade
World Stories Alive (Storytelling) with Rachael Harrington
This interactive approach encourages students to jump into the narrative action, where they gain language and vocabulary development, cultural expression and learning, empathy, creative expression, and speaking and performing confidence. They listen to and participate in folktales from around the world that address social emotional topics and also tie into curriculum areas.
Playmaking (Theater) with Teachers & Writers Collaborative
With expert instruction and guidance, students develop characters, write monologues, script scenes, move through the editing process, and make props. Then they rehearse and perform their own scenes as well as a book of their plays.
6th - 8th Grades
Improv, Civil War Historical Fiction, and Time Capsule with Uptown Stories
Uptown Stories provides creative space for collaborative writing, improv, theater games, and physical activities to unleash creative energy and get it down on paper, building self-confidence and writing skills.