Funded in January, 2009: $25000 for 1 years
The Dana grant will enable Borderlands Theatre to implement a 40-hour professional development program that builds on Borderlands Theatre’s existing educational program and incorporates coaching and mentoring for novice teaching artists. Program directors will identify novice teaching-artists from Southern Arizona/University of Arizona to be trained as well. Novice artists will be paid for a minimum of a week residency to assist schools to develop and mount a performance of a traditional story/legend/tale or other appropriate literature.One goal of the program is to foster community enthusiasm through student performances and by encouraging members of the community to share background information local stories, myth and legend for the student generated story and performance. Teaching artists will be trained and expected to use the technology for communication, research and documentation. Each site will have a web “museum” to serve as a repository/dialogue tool of the process to create art and to showcase the student created products. The Southeastern AZ school communities that will be serviced by this project represent a largely minority public school population. The targeted schools are servicing rural and primarily agricultural communities with some of the sites having as few as 4 teachers.