BAYFEST is at the beginning of our multi-year “One World, One Story” initiative, celebrating the stories of the students we are working with and dramatizing tales from many cultures. We are focussing on extended engagements in a few schools – 'going deep' rather than 'wide'. Our “Native Tales” project is working at several Seattle schools building drama skills and developing two original plays based on Northwest Native American tales, and students are writing and performing monologues based on their own lives – connecting those stories to the larger community tales we are telling. We're also working with over 70 educators on bringing more “active arts” into the classroom in curriculum-linked exercises, and we completed a wonderful summer intensive in August with public performances of R&J, based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, with dance and movement from breakdance, African dance to stage combat.

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OUR MISSION

BAYFEST’s mission is to “Develop the Extraordinary Potential of Youth through Dramatic and Active Arts.” We believe that storytelling, movement, rhythm and kinesthetic learning are a vital part of students’ education, and a powerful force in helping all young people learn communications skills, use their imagination to its fullest, build empathy, and honor their own and other’s stories. Embedded in all the work we do is the goal of addressing racial, gender, and equity issues in direct and dynamic ways that lift up and empower all the young people we work with – especially ones who come from low- income and underserved populations. To further these goals, we always ensure that our staff of teaching artists reflects the diversity of the youth we serve. Although we work with students ages 5 through teen years, we have a particular focus on helping our adolescent participants navigate the inevitable challenges they face in these years of incredible growth, change and growing social awareness. Complementing all the direct work we do with youth, our professional development training gives K-12 educators powerful tools to transform their classrooms, sustain their own energy and enjoyment, and advance student success and learning.


PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH

• In school and after school K-12 drama, rhythm and movement skills classes. More…

• In school and after-school original performance-development projects. More…

• In-class sessions with BAYFEST teaching artists to stage class plays or work on movement and rhythm. More…

• Summer intensives for teens 14-19. More…


PROGRAMS FOR EDUCATORS

• All-staff professional development sessions focusing on issues of interest and concern to particular schools, including social-emotional learning curriculum enhancements, addressing racial and gender equity, exercises that focus on students with learning differences, as well as active and fun staff team-building sessions. More…

• In-class sessions with BAYFEST teaching artists to train individual classroom teachers in using kinesthetic-learning exercises in the classroom, including staging a class play, exploring STEM curriculum, social-emotional learning, etc. More…


SPONSORS

We couldn’t do the work we do without all our wonderful individual donors (too numerous to list here…) and especially our major foundation sponsors, below. THANKS to ALL!

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