Brattleboro Museum & Art Center’s Head Start Arts Partnership has served many children, their families, and teachers since 2001. Coordinated by the museum and supported by Early Education Services, the Max Y. Seaton Memorial Trust, and private donors, this initiative serves all Head Start classrooms in Brattleboro and Westminster, Vermont. Infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children participate in a multi-session program over several months with one or both of the program’s teaching artists: Luz Elena Morey (Music, Movement, and Sound Therapy) and Bonnie Stearns (Creating with Clay). Classroom teachers and teaching artists work together to create an enjoyabe, integrated experience that nurtures creativity, exploration, cooperation, and oral communication. Over 180 students in fifteen classes will participate in one of the programs described here.
A new and exciting opportunity for a small group of Head Start classroom teachers to do in-depth training with teaching artists is available this year with funding, in part, from the Henderson Foundation. Organized by the Vermont Arts Council, this intensive program provides teachers with more resources and skills to inspire children through the arts. Partners include:
- Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
- Burlington City Arts
- Capstone Community Action Head Start
- Catamount Arts
- Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
- Lost Nation Theater
- Northeast Kingdom Community Action Head Start
- River Arts
- Rutland County Head Start
- United Counseling Services Head Start
- Vermont Arts Council
- Vermont Arts Exchange
Comments from Head Start Arts Partnership classroom teachers about the program:
The children explored a medium many had not ever touched before. They learned patting, rolling, poking – working with pressing designs [stamps] into the clay, shaping, glazing, etc…. I was surprised by how long their group attention span was maintained.
This experience gave us exposure to culture, music and instruments and ways to move.
For more information, please contact BMAC Education Curator Susan Calabria at email@example.com or at 802-257-0124, extension 102.