Saugatuck, Michigan – For years, the Saugatuck Center for the Arts has provided creative, multidisciplinary educational programming for K-12th graders. Until now, these programs have been tethered to West Michigan (hosted at the SCA or at your school) but Covid’s constraints have challenged us to reshape, reformat, and humanize the virtual educational experience. SCA [NOW] is the merger of two powerful forces – connection and creativity – coming to you here and now, wherever you are.

Like the spoke of a bicycle wheel, SCA [NOW] Classroom Conversations, is your connectivity hub for highly-interactive, interdisciplinary learning that promotes positive social-emotional impact through a deep dive in creativity — exposing students to a wide range of professional creatives and hands-on experiences.

Through its mission and practicum, the program promotes empathy, vulnerability, civic engagement, and adaptability. Through this important work, SCA [NOW] is moving children’s arts programming in West Michigan (and beyond) forward!

Each series includes videos and accompanying program materials with numerous Common Core Language Arts Standards, that will creatively meet students’ needs as well as the needs of the teachers who share them with their students. Youth (K-12th) will meet professional working artists, actors, musicians, chefs, dancers, and more; real-world role models and inspire them to take action to make the world a better place. Plus, learning about a wide variety of creative career paths.

    What you’ll receive:

    • links to pre-recorded sessions with professional creatives
    • engaging dialogue
    • a 12-page learning guide
    • writing prompts
    • literacy extensions
    • social-emotional learning targets
    • hands-on activities

    Dive into a series of conversational stories that are distinctively different and all very human. Hear stories from all kinds of creatives who are following their passions, failing, succeeding, asking questions and finding solutions; and all using their voices and talents to make the world a better and brighter place.

    LEARNING GUIDE SAMPLE PAGE

    LEARNING GUIDE SAMPLE PAGE

    Curious about the “links to prerecorded sessions” video?

    Take a peek at an example from SCA [NOW]: Sonder!

    Are you ready to bring SCA [NOW] to your students?
    Click here to request the entire program.

    SCA [NOW] Classroom Conversations #2: StrikeTime Dance Theater

    Get ready to move, create, and learn with the StrikeTime Dance Theatre of Hope College. Students will explore the importance of conservation, diversity, geography, and compassion while learning about the creation process and how to discover their own movement from inspiration around them.

    Two Hope College student dancers, Vivien and Elayna, will transport students on an adventure to the Galápagos Islands to learn about taking special care of plants, animals, and wildlife. We’ll have storytime together and they’ll share behind the scenes footage and stories about dance rehearsal plus their struggles not being able to dance as a troupe during the pandemic, and the surprising positives that came out of having to rethink the way they have typically operated.

    We’ll learn more about the unique culture of the Galápagos Islands in a bilingual reading of Marsha Diane Arnold’s book Galápagos Girl. We then take what we learned to get up and get moving with Vivien and Elayna as we learn about different movements of the world around us.

    They’ll also unpack the StrikeTime Dance Theater’s process of creating its newest digital dance performance in partnership with the Little Read Lakeshore. This annual, month-long community-wide reading program creates and fosters a culture in which reading matters to children, families and those who support, advocate for and work with children.

    Our StrikeTime program is designed to help students (K – 5th) practice empathy and positivity, both now and post-pandemic. This project will prompt students to think about ways that they are already working to protect the environment, and also learn about new ways to help with conservation in their community.

    The learning guide also features an invitation for hands-on activities inviting students to utilize recycled, everyday materials to create their own works of art! You could even take it one step further and challenge your classroom to go on a local clean up, picking up trash in areas that you love and care about!

    STRIKETIME THEATER: CLASSROOM CONVERSATION VIDEO SAMPLE SCREENSHOTS

    Are you ready to bring SCA [NOW] to your students?
    Click here to request the entire program.

    If you’re interested in a program like this, but your kids are older – swing over to check out our “Sonder” program designed for students 5th – 12th!

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