Welcome to the Chatham Artists-in-Schools Initiative: Virtual Arts Residencies.
During Stay-at-Home orders amid the pandemic, we pivoted our Chatham Artists-in-Schools Initiative so that students across Chatham who are learning from home would have access to workshops by professional artists–made just for Chatham kids!
We believe that the arts are more important now than ever. The arts are how many children will start to make sense of this time in history–and they are a vehicle toward resilience and learning in new ways.
We are grateful for this opportunity to extend these amazing videos to you throughout Summer 2020! Click on any of the artists’ names below to view offerings, curriculum connections, and grade level recommendations. For more information about the Chatham Artists-in-Schools Initiative, including information about how you can support this valuable program, please click HERE.
Enjoy, and be well!
Your Chatham Arts Council
Black Box Dance Theatre has performed for thousands across NC and is a favorite of both students and educators. Known for their non-fiction accounts of the world, the troupe has expertise in making dances that are relevant and inspirational to audiences of all ages. It matters who is dancing and what you are dancing about: this modern dance company includes a hip hop dancer, a ballerina, and a Purple Heart Army veteran all adding to the artistry on stage. This page has two components, one for K-3 and one for Grades 4-5. Click HERE for Black Box Dance Theater’s Virtual residency. Special thanks for support from Selbe Bartlett & Mike Dasher and Dawn Porter & Friends.
Hailing from Durham, John Brown’s “Little” Big Band is an 11-piece band (or a 12-piece band when they add a vocalist) that has a BIG sound! The group packs a punch, bringing the big band sound of larger orchestras. This residency for grades 5 and 6 showcases individual players and instruments in the band, and it culminates in performance clips of different ensembles featuring the musicians in the videos. Musicians discuss the different sounds, instruments and styles within the genre of jazz music. Click HERE for John Brown’s “Little” Big Band Virtual residency, and new follow-up Q&A sessions. Special thanks for support from Sanford Contractors.
A renowned korist and percussionist from Senegal, Diali Cissokho moved to the US after years of performing and teaching in Senegal and in Europe. Born into a rich ancestry of Manding griots (jalis), Diali has been playing traditional West African music for as long as he can remember. This residency is best for grades 3-6. Click HERE for Diali’s performance, instructional drumming videos, and lesson handouts. Special thanks for support from an Anonymous Siler City business.
Tarish Pipkins (aka Jeghetto) of Chapel Hill, is a puppeteer, painter, muralist, writer and emcee — that is, he makes puppets, writes a play, designs and builds the sets, and performs his puppet plays start to finish. He chose the stage name “Jeghetto,” a portmanteau of Pinocchio’s Geppetto and ghetto, to reflect his childhood in the projects of Pittsburgh and their influence on his artistic vision. In the show on offer, A Conversation with Frederick Douglass, students in grades 4-6 will experience the incredible life journey of the abolitionist through a multimedia of puppetry, music. and projected images based on his self-written biography. Click HERE for Jeghetto’s performance, “A Conversation with Frederick Douglass” plus puppet-making tutorial. Special thanks for support from Cackalacky Sauce Company and Resolute Builders.
NC Arts in Action uses dance, music, and performance to instill self-esteem, perseverance, and excellence in children. NC AIA partners with elementary schools statewide using the specific teaching methodologies and program philosophy of the National Dance Institute, which has been recognized internationally as the very best in arts education. Click HERE to see six weekly modules on offer by the fine folks of NC AIA. NC Arts in Action created this work with the support of a Grassroots Arts Grant from the Chatham Arts Council.