Carine Harris first met WordPlay Teaching Artist Geoff Barnes during her third grade year at Chase Elementary School in Northside. Geoff came to her classroom twice a month for the duration of the school year to teach dance through our Journey integrated arts program, working with Carine’s classroom teachers to blend academic learning objectives into his lively dance and movement curriculum.
We wanted to introduce you to some of the relationships that grow over the years through our programs, and invited Carine and Geoff to sit down recently for a socially distanced, masked conversation about their time together.
Carine, now in the fifth grade, has taken part in WordPlay programs for the past three years, also participating in our WORDlab after school creative reading program, and continuing in the Journey immersive arts experience in each grade until the pandemic brought a halt to enrichment programming in the schools earlier this year.
We are deeply grateful to all who made the Journey program possible for the past three years, and to those have given to keep our organization strong through the pandemic. Our team of exceptional teaching artists like Geoff are ready to return to the classroom as soon as we get the green light, and we thank you for your support in helping us make the shift to virtual programs throughout the pandemic, and to prepare to welcome the students back into the vibrant creative writing, theater, dance and visual art experiences Journey provides to Carine and over 300 Chase Elementary students in pre-school through 6th grade.
Click here or on the picture below to hear Carine and Geoff's 3-minute interview on YouTube:
We thank the individuals, foundations and corporations who have donated to support our virtual programs throughout the pandemic. If you would like to support our work engaging young people in virtual creative youth development programs for the spring semester 2021, please visit our giving page.
You can visit the program page on our website to learn more about our virtual programs offered through this era of remote learning.