Prior to the start of all residency programs we meet with parents of students participating in the program to talk with them about what we are teaching their children and how they can maximize that experience. Parents learn the “Secrets of the Heart.” The overarching themes that their children are learning – in English, in Spanish and is American Sign Language.

  • Secrets of the Heart/Passport To The Heart 
    • Themes: Friendship and a smile, kindness, imagination, gratitude, courage, creativity, love, family, beauty, giving, happiness and peace
    • Parents participate in an orientation, learn call and response in the language of West Africa.  They are invited to participate in a family arts project to create vision/dream boards with their children.  This will take place for the duration of the residency
  • One World Drum Circles
    • Themes: Respect, wisdom, compassion, cooperation, honesty, truth and intelligence.
    • Parents learn how drums are used in Africa and learn  how to hold and play a drum.
    • They cooperate to play rhythms together
    • They learn the countries and continents that their children will visit during the program
      • Australia, China, Egypt, Ghana West Africa, Ireland, North America, Peru
  • Dance In America
    •  Themes:  Dance, dedication, discipline, passion and practice
    • Parents have an overview of the history of Dance in America from ballet to hiphop.
    • They participate in a dance experience in which they will learn a variety of dance styles.
    • The will participate in a Soul Train line.
  • Gifts of the Griot
    • Theme: Inspiration
    • Parents learn that a Griot is a Storyteller in West African culture
    • They participate in call and response
    • They identify African instruments and experience creating a poem and setting it to music.