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
Arts for Learning Connecticut and our Teaching Artists have had a busy summer, with dozens of arts learning programs serving thousands of students across Connecticut. Some highlights include: -Teaching Artist Sun Queen working with students in New Britain to write “I Am” poems (pictured above.) More about Sun: Through poetry, advocating and guidance, she inspires
Earlier this year, Arts for Learning Connecticut earned a $15,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to provide summer programming to young people and families in the city of Hartford. So, we turned to our longtime partners at the Hartford Public Library to design a free arts learning series for their community. What
Arts for Learning Connecticut has been approved for a $50,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools. As a part of AFLCT’s whole-school, deep impact, teaching and learning program, this project will support professional development in Social and Emotional Learning, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and Multiple
On May 3rd and 4th, AFLCT once again participated in The Great Give, an annual virtual giving event sponsored by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Alongside hundreds of non-profits from across the region and the state, we helped our community understand the impact of our work, and raised critical dollars to support our
AFLCT contracted PERG Learning through Senior Research Partner Gene Diaz in Spring 2021 to lead a developmental evaluation of HOT Schools. This evaluation included the development, implementation, and review of numerous research tools and protocols—including surveys, observations, and interviews with key stakeholders. Ultimately, this project was meant both to investigate the impact of the program
Teaching Artist Rob Santos designed a HOT Schools Arts Workshop to address a Harding High School classroom teacher’s wish to “engage students in crafting a story to help them express their thoughts on the novel We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.” The Arts Workshop entitled Voicing our Feelings in our Family and the Secrets we Keep created a safe environment in
Check out arts integration in action at Church Street School in Hamden, CT—brought to life by the students, teachers, administrators, and Teaching Artists who make it happen. Special thank you to AFLCT Teaching Artist Craig Norton for his work on this video!
In this video, we take a late October evening walk along the wooded nature trail at Ashford School to view artfully illuminated pumpkins, drawings, and nature poetry created by second grade HOT Schools student-artists. In this HOT Schools Fall 2022 AIR (Arts Integrated Residency) “Autumn Inspirations: Exploring Nature Through the Arts,” students studied the environmental
This weekend Arts for Learning Connecticut staff and Teaching Artists got together for a fall picnic in Bridgeport’s beautiful Beardsley Park. Joined by family and friends (four-legged and otherwise!), we spent the afternoon enjoying delicious food and rhythmic tunes from the impromptu drum circle. AFLCT intends to host these gatherings in cities and regions across
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Arts for Learning Connecticut is thrilled to announce a $5,000 grant from Liberty Bank Foundation! This funding will support the third year of our whole-school, deep impact, teaching and learning program, Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools, at Church St Elementary School in Hamden. Through this program, all students and educators at the school benefit from