One of the hardest parts of the crisis we're facing is giving up the face-to-face connections that mean so much to us. Our Education & Community Engagement team has been working tirelessly to transition our programs to the virtual world and to create new ones that will keep our community engaged, inspired, and united.
Explore ways that you can contribute to the performing arts in our community through the safety and comfort of your own home.
In light of the impact that COVID 19 has had and continues to have on our community and due to the fact that so many of our participating schools were unable to perform their shows, instead of our traditional in-person evening, we hosted a virtual celebration and united in the virtual realm to keep the spirit of collaboration and community going strong!
Rising Star Camp, Broadway Boot Camp, Mending Hearts Camp for grades 6-8, and Musical Theatre Intensive have all gone virtual! Through the technology of Zoom and the innovation of our camp directors and professional teaching artists, campers will participate in interactive classes that will bring creativity, community, and collaboration directly into their homes. We cannot wait for you to join us in the virtual world this summer!
Visit our camp pages to learn more about each of these virtual camps, as well as details for registered and new campers.
In an effort to share stories and create art during this challenging time, our teaching artists will introduce prompts each week as inspiration to exercise your creativity and build community through social media.
Each prompt will center on IMPACT, the theme currently being explored in one of our ACTs of Engagement programs, Listen Up!. Each Tuesday at noon, a teaching artist will provide a creative challenge to explore an art form using the impact you see in your community, neighborhood, and home as the jumping off point.
The video prompts will be introduced on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube every Tuesday at noon. Keep an eye on our social media to see videos that have been shared with us inspired by the prompt!
Check out interviews with alumni of the Orpheum's education and community programs. Follow their journeys from Memphis to their careers in the performing arts around the country.
We'll hear about their experiences after leaving high school, what steps it took to get that first job, advice for the time between gigs, and life lessons from their array of experiences.
We may not be able to see one another in person, but our education and community programs are finding new ways to thrive online. Here's a quick snapshot of the exciting ways our students and educators are continuing to connect virtually.
Our Teacher Professional Development Summer Institute in Arts Integration went virtual in five workshops led by Kennedy Center teaching artists Stuart Stotts and Harlan Brownlee. While the workshops were focused on certain grade levels, the instructors gave personalized, real-life recommendations.
Camp SAY Across the USA: Memphis is a free two-day camp helping young people who stutter develop self-confidence, improve communication skills, and build community. Though the spring session had to be postponed, we were still able to bring campers and teaching artists together for a virtual hang in collaboration with the Stuttering Association for the Young. Both in real life and online, our campers know their voices matter!
The cohort from the Teaching Artist Training Program continued to meet virtually every week, training to leverage their own artistic practices to create high-quality instruction for young people and communities throughout the Mid-South. On Monday, April 6, we were proud to graduate 10 new teaching artists from the program! Look for Creative Challenge: Digital Edition prompts to see firsthand how our passionate teaching artists are enriching our community.
The purpose of the Orpheum STAR Council (Students Take A Role) is to provide students the opportunity to volunteer and gain knowledge of the Orpheum Theatre and the Halloran Centre. Though they can't volunteer at public events for now, our STAR Council community is stronger than ever and will continue to learn the ins and outs of the industry while helping with new virtual programs like In Their Shoes.
To stay connected with our education and community engagement initiatives and share your own talents and creativity, join our Orpheum Students & Families Facebook group.
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We can't wait to enjoy the art you create and share some amazing stories with you as well!