Enbridge Educational Outreach Program
Enbridge Educational Outreach Program
The Globe Theatre School is invested in creating an outreach program that would bring theatre creation workshops to children who otherwise might have restricted access to professional arts programming and the long term benefits of creative drama education: independence, leadership skills, confidence, divergent thinking, diverse communication skills and pride in expressing their ideas and creativity. After a successful pilot project, Globe Theatre School will continue this initiative with the support of Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
The first phase was developing a drama education presence within the Regina North Central community. By beginning our outreach through community schools and organizations and investing in a relationship with teachers in these schools and program facilitators, we have been able to reach children within an environment where continued learning can happen. Our continued goal is to learn what resources and tools teachers might need so that we can provide informed workshops that teachers will be able to utilize independently in future classrooms.
After a month-long workshop-based outreach program, Globe Theatre collaborated with the community schools involved for a public performance on June 7th, 2012 in the Downtown Open-Air Plaza.
Participating schools include Kitchener Community School, Thompson Community School, Rosemont Community School, Wascana Community School and Mother Theresa Middle School. Workshops were lead by Globe Theatre teachers Kristy Apodaca and Judy Wensel.
In order to build a long term outreach program we have identified the need to invest in cultural sensitivity training for our artist educators, build more established connections with community schools and community groups in Regina’s Central Zone as well as neighborhoods of interest and develop our theatre creation model so that it is responsive and appropriate for the children and youth in these communities. With funding from SaskCulture’s Capacity Building Grant, we have currently hired a facilitator who has an extensive background in arts education and experience working in and with our target communities. From September 2012 – January 2013, this facilitator will be leading training workshops with theatre school staff, acting as a resource to the theatre school while assessing and expanding upon our current teaching model and providing assistance in communications with our target community.
Brett Benson, Grade 5 teacher
Gladys McDonald Elementary
"I personally witnessed shy, conservative, quiet students crack through their shell and express who they are on the inside. This initiative not only developed students as individuals but also provided the students with an opportunity they otherwise would not get to experience."
Tammy Appel, Grade 5/6 teacher
St. Theresa Elementary School
"Participating in the Globe Theatre School Outreach Program with my Grade 5 and 6 students has been a fabulous experience! Students were introduced to new skills and have developed greater self-confidence – they eagerly anticipated each class and were enthusiastic about coming to school on these days. Not only has it been an excellent learning opportunity for my students, but it has also acted as a means of professional development for myself. My class' involvement in this program has been most worthwhile!"
For more information on the Enbridge Educational Outreach Program, contact Jodi Norman, Interim Globe Theatre School Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our funding partners:
Meet Kristy Apodaca, the Outreach Facilitator
Outreach facilitator Kristy Apodaca began leading creation based arts workshops in 1999. She has toured Saskatchewan a number of times and has directed many community theatre projects for children throughout Regina. When the Globe Theatre School began in 2006 Kristy was recruited to be lead teacher for the summer programming, and has been with the theatre school since then. Over Kristy’s 13 years of experience she has seen, time and time again, the holistic benefits arts programming brings to children. As outreach facilitator, it’s Kristy’s job to create a model for the outreach program as well as mentor and train the artists/educators that will be out in the community teaching. The training our artists/educators are partaking in involves hands-on, in-classroom experience and cultural sensitivity training. Artist/educators are also gaining insight on how to subtly weave curriculum into an arts workshop. The foundation we are creating with the outreach program will enable the theatre school to inspire the future leaders of tomorrow as well as equip our artist/educators for our changing and evolving communities with all their varying demographics.
- To provide mentorship and training for Globe Theatre School Artists/Educators
- Bringing arts to lives of every child
- Remove the social, economic, and circumstantial barriers which prevent children from having access to professional arts programming
- To provide a sense of belonging/community for participants, students and teachers
- Integrative education: seek curricular connections and provide tools for teachers to implement
- to create a legacy for future years
Links to Global Regina's feature on the Outreach Program