Literacy and the Arts
Our Literacy and the Arts program highlights the direct relationship between the arts and academic goals such as creative thinking and problem solving. To enrich their classroom practice, preschool to high school teachers work with representatives from professional arts organizations such as:
Writers in the Schools (WITS) 2013 marked SLC’s 23rd year of collaboration with Writers in the Schools (WITS). Together our organizations present the Summer Creative Writing Workshops, affectionately known as “writing camp” by both participants and teachers. Writing Camp provides budding authors the opportunity to work in small, supportive grade level groups, staffed by an experienced classroom teacher and a professional writer. During the three-week camp, students gain experience in a variety of genres, an appreciation of the relationship between the arts and writing, and learn to develop their “writer’s voice.” Teachers and writers also benefit from this supportive learning environment, emerging with a deeper understanding of the writing process as viewed through peer experiences.
Houston Grand Opera
We have an exciting, new collaboration with HGOco, the community support arm of the Houston Grand Opera. Beginning with children as young as four years old and continuing through high school, this project challenges teachers to discover the “Song of Houston.” Personal stories and teachings unite children and adults from different backgrounds, cultures and traditions within the city of Houston, through this unique program.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston – Rienzi
Through this collaboration, SLC mentors lead story and poetry workshops for children and parents during Sunday Family Days at Rienzi, the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts and paintings. In addition, SLC staff work with Rienzi docents to explore new ways to connect with visiting children during story time tours.
Houston Playback Theater SLC and Houston Playback Theater facilitate a ten-session afternoon workshop for students, exploring meaningful moments of their lives through improvisational theater. Authors take turns sharing a brief story with the group, and then choose actors to portray the different roles. Students watch as their personal stories are recreated by peers and given artistic shape through drama and music. Students then reflected upon their experiences through creative writing.
As part of a new collaboration, SLC is working with Rice's Center for Education to meet the needs of writing teachers working with prekindergarten to high school students. Join a professional community of writing teachers to explore the writing process, discuss your impressions and bring back new ideas for supporting student writing in your classroom.