OUTREACH — IN THE COMMUNITY & IN THE SCHOOLS
The Millay Colony for the Arts serves two communities: one made up of creators/artists around the world who attend and become alumni, and the other our rural neighbors and all those interested in engaging with the creative process at various levels.
While we do not mandate community outreach activities for any of the participants of our residency programs, the Millay Colony for the Arts take seriously our role in cultural awareness and arts education in our rural, upstate community.
In the past, we have partnered with other nonprofits (Teachers & Writers Collaborative, NYC; Hudson Hall, Hudson, NY) to bring exceptional offerings to a wide audience.
Currently, we continue to explore ways to collaborate with other organizations (both near and far) for outstanding cultural/artistic programs.
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TEACHING ARTISTS IN THE SCHOOLS
We place Teaching Artists in our local/regional schools (most recently, the Hudson City School District’s Middle and High Schools) to partner with classroom specialists on imaginative, unique and compelling curriculum focused on all level of learners. Our most recent “Poetry in Translation” offering (2017-2019 led by Teaching Artist Dave Johnson, bilingual in Spanish; 2020 rescheduled due to COVID19, to be led by alumna Nadia Ahmad, native Bengali speaker) was designed to reach ESL and ELL learners, especially Spanish speakers and the large population of students whose parents were born in Bangladesh. However, the joy and wonder of poetry as well as gifted teaching skills made it a hit with all.
In the past, in 2010, the Millay Colony for the Arts inaugurated enrichment/education programs with the Germantown High School that expanded over the next several years to include five other public schools, (including nearby Chatham and Taconic Hills) and served more than 750 students in collaboration with 40 teachers. In addition to literacy-skills, Teaching Artists ran after-school poetry clubs and creative mapping walks around the region as well as a professional development workshop. Working closely with school administrators and classroom specialists, we view this Teaching Artist residency as an essential partnership central to our mission.
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Arts enrichment/educational offerings have been made possible throughout the years by: The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, The Hudson River Bank & Trust, Staples and The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
For more information, contact Monika Burczyk, firstname.lastname@example.org, 518.392.4144.
“The opportunity to bring contemporary writers into the classroom has been an invaluable experience for my students. The visiting writers work with our English Department to develop a unit that engages all students while meeting learning objectives. Each lesson is designed in such a way so that students are able to think about the power of language and to create their own work. The feedback I receive from students is always genuinely positive. Many have continued with their writing, participating in local workshops and contests” ~Stacy Dore, Germantown High School