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Good Character

This performance includes a series of interactive stories about good character told by Muslim grandmothers to their grandchildren. The performance is accompanied by percussive instruments from each of the countries presented, including Pakistan, America, China, Mali and Guyana. Highlights include the sharing of values that are similar across Muslim and non-Muslim countries as well as […]

Music & Movement Where Muslims Live

Experience the music and movement traditions of Islam.  Karim Nagi guides students in a participatory experience of music and dance from different Muslim communities around the world.  Karim shares dances from communities in both the Near and Far East.  This program is a perfect opportunity for children to enjoy a meaningful and distinctive aspect of […]

Chinese Dragon Shadow Puppet Theatre

Students are introduced to the history and culture of traditional Chinese shadow puppet theatre and learn about characteristics of the mythological Chinese dragon.  After a trip through the unique world of the artist’s studio, students are guided in making their own dragon shadow puppet and shown how to create a shadow puppet using a flashlight […]

¿Dónde está Juana?

Native Spanish-speakers Andrés and Christina of 123 Andrés explore our hemisphere in Spanish and English, as well as ASL. Our friend Juana is missing, and our only clue is that she’s somewhere in the Americas. Equipped with a giant map and several musical instruments, the audience embarks on a search for Juana, learning about geography, […]

Feet, Drum, Voice: A Soul Steps Workshop

This Soul Steps program explores the rich African-American cultural tradition known as step. Students use their bodies to create hip-hop infused rhythms through call and response patterns and foundational step choreography. They also examine step’s early roots in the mines of South Africa, through South African gumboot dance. If time permits, students can share a […]

Intro to Capoeira

Developed in Brazil by enslaved Africans during the 16th century, the martial art of Capoeira, disguised as a dance and including acrobatics, music, and the Portuguese language, was used as a means to resist oppression in the relentless struggle for freedom. This program led by Leigh Robertson gives students the opportunity to participate in all […]

Interactive Murals

Students and staff work together to create an interactive mural inspired by a theme or curriculum. Students learn about the history of murals, collect detailed reference materials, and research ideas for the mural. They then develop and transfer sketches onto Masonite panels, using a mix of traditional and contemporary methods. Through teamwork, they bring the […]

Paper Quilling

Originating in 17th-century Europe, paper quilling is the art of rolling, shaping, and gluing thin strips of paper together to make complex designs.  Students will learn how to curl paper to create different shapes, and explore what makes good design and how to choose which colors and shapes to use to create dynamic three-dimensional pictures, […]

Origami

In this popular workshop, students gain hands-on experience doing origami, the Japanese art of paper folding that is currently practiced in many Asian countries. As they move through making three different age-appropriate origami models, students learn how to make common folds, and how to interpret both visual and oral instructions. Students also learn some of […]