Arts Inspire Achievement

The arts do more than nourish children’s imaginations and inspire compassion. They literally boost academic achievement.

Research links visual arts instruction with reading readiness; dramatic enactment with conflict resolution skills, reading comprehension, and understanding of narrative; dance with nonverbal reasoning; music instruction with math skills.

The Gaillard’s education initiative will partner with area school teachers and administration, performing arts agencies, and college professors and leaders to ensure the creation of targeted programs that help youth of all ages gain the skills and experiences they need to succeed in every area of their lives.

Arts Programming

Dance Theatre of Harlem
Lecture Demonstration
Grades 6-12
October 5, 2016 - 11AM
Known for its thrilling performances that successfully challenge preconceived notions, The Dance Theatre of Harlem consists of 14 racially diverse dance artists who perform an eclectic, demanding repertoire. The Dance Theatre of Harlem brings new life to the classical ballet art form. They celebrate African American culture through treasured classical and neo-classical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, to cutting edge contemporary works. Co-presented by the City of Charleston / MOJA Art Festival.
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
Warehouse Theatre
Grades 6-12
October 10, 2016 - 10:30AM & 1PM
Warehouse Theatre’s unique approach offers a kinesthetic approach to encountering Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be seen and heard, not read in an English class. Bring your students to experience Shakespeare as he meant it to be received. Twelfth Night is in original Shakespearean text, cut into a swift 75-minute production that is accessible to today’s 21st century audiences by highlighting relevant themes and focusing on the action behind the language. Warehouse Theatre’s teaching artist will host student workshops September 19-23.
Out of Bounds
Working Group Theatre
Grades 5-9
November 7, 2016 - 10:30AM & 1PM
Amy is new at school and all seems to be going well until she’s dared to send an inappropriate picture of herself online. Soon the picture has gone viral and Amy’s life is going from miserable to worse. Out of Bounds explores the vicious world of cyberbullying and the complicated choices young people make when navigating the politics of friendship. Humorous, thoughtful and honest, Out of Bounds weaves together graphic illustrations and interviews to tell the stories of kids stuck on the outside and the adults who feel powerless to help them. Student workshops and teacher professional development workshops, hosted by Working Group Theatre’s teaching artist, are available.
Bill Blagg
The Science of Magic
Grades 2-7
January 24, 2017 - 10:30AM & 1PM
Bill Blagg’s one-of-a-kind educational experience, The Science of Magic, takes students on a rare, never-before-seen journey “behind the scenes” of the magic world. Students will discover firsthand how magicians use science to create the impossible. Bill’s comedy-filled, action-packed, presentation is highly interactive and makes science fun and exciting. The Science of Magic is designed to excite, educate, intrigue and promote students to think “outside the box” and spawn their curiosity about how science and the Scientific Method are used by magicians to create the impossible!
Peter Rabbit Tales
Enchantment Theatre Company
Grades CD-3
January 26, 2017 - 10:30AM & 1PM
From the beloved tales of Beatrix Potter … Peter Rabbit, his sister Flopsy and his cousin Benjamin are all grown up! Flopsy and Benjamin are married with bunnies of their own when the nasty badger, Tommy Brock, decides to steal the babies. Peter and Benjamin set off on an adventure to rescue them, and along the way, relive their childhood misadventures with Mr. McGregor and his cat. On their journey, the cousins manage to avoid the dangerous fox, Mr. Tod, and they recruit Squirrel Nutkin, a cheeky squirrel who’s lost his tail, and Mrs. TiggyWinkle, the kindly hedgehog, to help them find the bunnies. With delightful derringdo, Peter hilariously pits the badger and fox against one another and rescues the baby bunnies. Benjamin and Flopsy are joyously reunited with their children, and all return home together to live happily ever after!
I Have a Dream
Virginia Reperatory
Grades 3-12
February 27, 2017 - 10:30AM & 1PM
The phenomenal impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is chronicled in this compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders of the “American Century.” Your students will be inspired by the story of this great leader’s struggle and his dream of lifting “our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.”
Tortoise and the Hare
Carolina Opera Xpress
Grades CD-3
February 28, 2017 - 10:30AM & 1PM
Adapted from Aesop’s classic fable and set to the animated music of Rossini, this 35-minute musical telling is sure to share that preparation and determination can overcome obstacles. Student workshops with Carolina Opera teaching artist available February 21-24.
Doktor Kaboom
Look Out! Science is Coming!
Grades 4-8
March 13, 2017 - 10:30AM & 1PM
Doktor Kaboom! performs original interactive science comedy shows for audiences of all ages. Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom! keeps his crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter. Join Kaboom! for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular (and often successful) science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate, and entertain.
Brown Bear, A Moon, and A Caterpillar
Treasured Stories By Eric Carle
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Grades CD-2
April 3, 2017 - 10:30AM
April 4, 2017 - 10:30AM
First premiered in 2011, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle brings together old favorites and new friends. The hourlong production showcases the imaginative blend of innovative puppetry and striking scenic effects that has won international acclaim for the Nova Scotia-based theatre.
Ellis: Island of Dreams
Virginia Repertory
Grades 2-12
April 17, 2017 - 10:30AM & 1PM
Ellis: Island of Dreams follows the story of immigrant families traveling long distances in search of the ever-elusive American Dream. It follows their trials, joys, heartbreaks and triumphs. Most importantly, it reestablishes the understanding that we are truly a nation of immigrants.

Arts build stronger communities

Contact Sterling deVries, Education Coordinator for more information about each of these programs
and to find out how to attend.
Phone: 843-579-6458

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