Each year, ESDC works on unique projects in a number of schools. After planning sessions with teachers and/or administrators, ESDC presents or is involved in tailor-made programs that accomplish the objectives of the school. Sometimes ESDC is the sole artist involved in a project and other times multiple artists of varying disciplines are involved. These projects can be short or long-term. ESDC is sometimes involved in the full expanse of a school’s project or is just one component of it. Anything’s possible . . .
After careful and creative planning, here’s what other schools have done:
Zoller Elementary School enlisted the company's help to prepare K-2 students to see a production of The Nightingale by the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration. A residency program of movement workshops by ESDC complemented art, social studies and language arts projects for an in-depth study of the tale.
Each year, 10th graders at Watervliet High School undertake a comprehensive project on the Holocaust which includes research, writing and extensive reading. To enhance the experience and create a presentation of their studies, the company, along with other local artists, helped the students to convey their work with music, poetry, dance and theatre.
ESDC was asked to perform and conduct workshops as part of a project at Tamarac Elementary School which included the writing of an original story, the creation of music and illustrations to accompany it and the use of dance to tell it to the student body and community. The tale and illustrations were published and provided to the school's partner in Istanbul along with CDs of the music and DVDs of the final presentation.
Oneida Middle School planned a field trip to Proctors to see MOMIX. ESDC was asked to conduct workshops at the school in advance of the show to prepare the students for what they were going to see.
ESDC, along with a local author/storyteller, worked with students at Yates Magnet School on a Poetry in Motion project which explored the collaboration of words and movement.
At Poestenkill Elementary, ESDC worked with the Art and Phys Ed teachers to develop the students' ability to understand the creative process in movement and how it can relate to the visual arts. Students explored line, shape, form, space, balance and rhythm in both art forms and then created both material and human sculptures which they brought to life through movement.
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