TheatreWorkers Project and Sequoyah School Awarded California Arts Council "Artist in Schools Student Engagement" Grant

State funds support arts programming for K-12 students

Published : Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | 2:39 PM

The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $4,900 to support TheatreWorkers Project (TWP), Sequoyah School, James Monroe HS and Nava Prep HS as part of its Artists in Schools student engagement program.

The Artists in Schools (AIS) Engagement program supports projects that integrate community arts re-sources—local artists and non-profit arts organizations—into comprehensive, standards-based arts-learning for PreK-12 students during the school day. Applicants’ projects must take place during regu-lar school hours at the school site, and should address the unique circumstances of the school envi-ronment. All projects should be designed to cultivate learning in, through and/or about the arts. AIS projects focus on hands-on participant learning that takes place over a period of time with an identi-fied group of students.

With support from the California Arts Council, TheatreWorkers Project will deliver an integrated curric-ulum program to Sequoyah School in Pasadena, James More High School in North Hills, and Nava Col-lege Prep High School in south LA. The residencies will deepen students’ understanding of social and political issues as they engage in theatre activities planned in collaboration with academic and arts teachers. Culminating projects may include student-written monologues, improvised scenes, short collaborative pieces, and/or performances of plays based upon socio-political issues relevant to the students’ lives.

The news of this grant is part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, which can be viewed online at

”We are delighted to have received this grant which will allow us to continue to bring skilled teaching artists, whose passion is theatre for social change, to three diverse schools. The grant will provide op-portunities for collaborative teaching and learning and will enable students to use their creative artistry to express their feelings about the world in which they live”, said Susie Tanner, Artistic Director of The-atreWorkers Project.

“It’s great that students at Sequoyah will have an opportunity to build on their critical thinking and em-pathy skills through theater. I look forward to this project and their growth! “ Azizi Williams, Assistant Head of School, Sequoyah School

Sequoyah School

Sequoyah School is an independent, K-12 day school located in Pasadena, California. Founded in 1958, the school is committed to an education that “challenges the mind, nurtures the heart, and celebrates human dignity”. Through Sequoyah’s project-based curriculum, language arts, mathematics, social studies, Spanish, science, the visual and performing arts are all taught as related subjects in the ele-mentary and junior high program. Teachers guide students to be able to work independently and col-laboratively, and to make inspired connections between one discipline and another. Sequoyah’s high school students are challenged to apply their knowledge and skills in advanced college preparatory coursework and interdisciplinary social innovation program emphasizing global perspectives and cul-tural competency.

The school is named after the Cherokee leader and silversmith who invented an alphabet for his na-tive language. The Sequoyah community honors and reflects the ethnic, cultural and economic diversi-ty of Southern California. Sequoyah is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and is a member of the National Association of In-dependent Schools.

TheatreWorkers Project (TWP) is dedicated to providing an opportunity for working people, the un-employed and youth to tell their stories through the medium of theatre and to providing classical and contemporary theatre education that reflects and illuminates the human condition.

TheatreWorkers Project believes that all human beings possess the ability to create works of art, eve-ryone has an important story to tell, the artist has the responsibility to address social and political is-sues and participating in the creative process can be a transformative experience

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessi-ble arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at






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