Our Program Philosophy & Design

EArth w:o artOur programs are designed to impact children, parents, teachers and overall school culture.  We know that we can have the biggest impact on a child’s development in their early most formative years. We specialize in teaching arts, social emotional learning and cultural understanding to children 5-8.  Our programs are designed to follow children through the first three years of their school life, engaging parents and teachers as part of the process.  Each residency builds upon what children have learned in the previous year.  Our teaching artists are well-respected industry professionals in Los Angeles who have been trained to work with our age groups and welcome them to a whole new world they’ve never seen.

Our programs provide a high quality arts experience. Secrets of the Heart begins in kindergartenDream board and child 1 or 1st grade and immerses children in all the art forms: music, dance, theatre and visual arts.  The One World Drum Circle begins in the second year and continues with rhythms, music and folklore from seven different countries.  Year three – Dance In America reveals, through dance forms from ballet to hip-hop, that passion, dedication and discipline are keys to what make you better in all you do.  Gifts of the Griot offered as an option for 2nd and 3rd grade explores the journey of a hero through the eyes of the West African storyteller.

It makes no difference whether a child decides to follow the path of an artist, a scientist, a homemaker or any of the infinite number of options that make for a successful and well-lived life.  What matters is that they learn to feel good about themselves and empowered by their creativity.  What our arts programs do is allow children to explore who they are, discover their gifts and take ownership of the creative power that lies within them so that they can follow their dreams –  grow up and live a successful, healthy life.

We look for under-served partner schools that believe in the power the arts have to engage a child and enhance academic learning. Programs may begin in kindergarten and extend through second grade, or begin in 1st grade and extend through 3rd grade.

Residency Programs:

Secrets of the Heart

Music, Dance, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts
Grades K-1

Passport To The Heart

Music and Language Arts
Grades K-1

One World Drum Circle

Music and Language Arts
Grades 1-2

Dance In America

Dance, Music & Language Arts
Grades 2-3

Gifts of the Griot

Music and Language Arts
Grades 2-3

Performances:

Secrets of the Heart – The Performance

Music, Dance, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts
Grades K-2
Includes curriculum materials
Available through the LA County Arts  Education Directory