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.
When we hear each other’s stories, we grow as a community. In March 2020, nine students from Overton High School were rehearsing their live storytelling performance. Across town, seven students from Douglas High School were wrapping their original documentary. Both projects were slated to premiere as part of the inaugural Story Fest this past April, but then the pandemic hit and Story Fest was postponed. While we may not be able to gather together in-person, we are committed to sharing and honoring the stories of these young people. Please join us on YouTube Live for an interactive virtual event where we will premiere filmed stories, hear from the students, and reflect live as a community.
It is more important than ever that teachers receive the support and resources they need. We are excited to offer five new Arts Integration workshops to help educators and administrators strengthen their skills during an unprecedented school year. Our Fall 2020 workshops will be held virtually, and we invite you to check them out now. We will announce whether the Spring 2021 workshops will be virtual or in-person 60 days prior to each session.
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!
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.
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 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!