Our 2021-2022 Education season started off with an equal dose of caution and hope. We aren’t able to visit the K-8 schools for now because of the necessary COVID precautions, but we are so grateful to have the opportunity to work face to face with some of the high school groups in town after 18 months of virtual experiences. Two of our teaching artists opened our season with in-person residencies.
This month, Kevin Casey spent four days with Capital High School’s drama department introducing them to the art of clowning.
“It was such a joy to have Kevin visit and share some amazing lessons and games. The kids were sharing the banana and “funniest thing”stories all through lunch. I haven’t heard that much laughter in a long time.” Laura Brayko, CHS
And Ryan Eggensperger led a unique residency with PAL students exploring Helena history through the lens of theatrical walking tours. Each student selected a Helena location or story that interested them, researched the history, and created a ‘tour’ infusing a variety of storytelling techniques. Students explored topics ranging from The Parrot to the YWCA to the granite quarry to the history of skateboarding in Helena.
Looking forward to more safe and high impact arts experiences this season!
Thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield Montana for their generous support of our Arts Education programs, and to The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation for supporting our Local Teaching Artist residencies.