Earlier this month, Arts to Grow kicked off our ninth program at Elysian Charter School in Hoboken, NJ with a Theater Arts program that will run through December. The class, which is open to students in grades three through five with peer assistants in grades six and seven, focuses on theater performance and play development. We have 23 students this semester!
We are happy to welcome teaching artist Candace Clift, who has gotten off to a wonderful start with our Elysian students. Candace is a seasoned actor, director, and stage manager who has taught theater arts to students from third grade all the way through college. As an educator, she strives to create a safe space for students to create and explore the art of acting with support and ample encouragement.
This year also marks the return of a familiar face to the long-running ATG-Elysian partnership, which started with our pilot program in visual arts in the fall of 2005. Patricia Runcie began her ATG career as a teaching artist at Elysian back in 2006, where she taught Theater Arts until 2011; since then she has gone on to successfully run our Musical Theater program at IS 171/Cypress Hills LDC. Now she returns to her roots at Elysian, this time as our program manager. We’re thrilled to have her in this exciting new role.
With this delightful mix of new talent and seasoned expertise, this is sure to be the best year yet for our program at Elysian. Many thanks to Candace and Patricia for all of their continued hard work in bringing arts education to more children!
Arts to Grow programs are taught by professional Teaching Artists, trained working artists with hands-on experience teaching students their art form. If you’re interested in teaching for Arts to Grow, please visit us at artstogrow.org for more information.