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Why Arts for Learning Connecticut?
Since 1979, Arts for Learning Connecticut has envisioned a statewide community where the arts are valued for their capacity to transform lives, and where every student is immersed in opportunities to imagine, create, and realize their full potential through the arts. Working together with artists, educators, and community leaders, we believe that we can transform teaching and learning in our state—and help build a brighter, more beautiful Connecticut.
On November 15th, AFLCT kicked off the second year of our EMERGE Teaching Artist Training Program! This year, thanks to funding from the Young Audiences Affiliate Development Fund, the International Association of New Haven, and the NHV Creative Arts Advancement from the Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism in New Haven, we were able to
We’ve just published our 2022-23 Annual Report—and are so excited to share everything that we’ve been up to this past year! In the report you’ll find impact highlights, like: -2,238 programs provided -165,629 students served -89 Teaching Artists engaged You’ll also read about programs like Emerge, a training and mentorship program for emerging Teaching Artists
Every year between September 15th and October 15th we celebrate our Hispanic themed programming as well as our Hispanic identifying Teaching Artists. It is important to highlight Hispanic History and Contributions now and all year long! To get inspired, check out the following creative, cultural, curricular-aligned programming: –Afro-Brazilian Ensemble: Afro-Brazilian Ensemble was started by Contra
From historical character acting to improvised community plays, international storytelling to hip hop poetry, traditional Ghanaiin dance to Flamenco, roots rock, jazz, Japanese taiko, and so much more—our artists can do anything.
Hear from our students, teachers and school leaders
“Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm, creative spirit and passion for combining the arts and literacy – our students have been so inspired by your presence.”
“I truly appreciate your work and admire the way you interact with the kids. The amount of effort you put into learning the topic and making it relevant to what we were doing in class was clearly evident and impressive … my students were truly engaged and learning. I can’t wait to work with you again and I will be recommending you to everyone I can.”
“Thank you so much for the superb program you presented at the Riverdale Public School . The students and faculty were captivated by your charismatic storytelling through acting, music and imagery. We feel very fortunate to have had your program presented to our students.”
“Rachna performed at our school and she was universally LOVED by all the students and staff. Her presentation was visually stunning and included beautiful music, but also contained connections to science, theatre, history, storytelling, sign language, and an abundance of content areas that made the show engaging for EVERYONE, K-8. We were SO lucky to have this prestigious performer at Odyssey this morning and you are very lucky to have her on your AFLCT roster.”
“The Teaching Artists helped us to consider more current aspects of migration along with the history that we were trying to teach. The connection was powerful for the students especially when they connected it to their own family and a journey they may have had to America.”
“Pushing students to think creatively and connect ideas from math to self-reflection is a powerful tool in building meta-cognition. Students working through how they feel and expressing it through art allows them to tap into the thinking process in new ways.”
“I learned that if I pursue my dreams, I can do anything.”
“I learned that we can do whatever we put our mind to.”
“An amazing production whose artistry will stay with you and make you smile long after the performance. Stunning visuals, engaging audience participation, a rich tapestry of Native American storytelling, folklore and culture. Unforgettable!”
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