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Gaillard Center – Educational Programming

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Program Description: The Gaillard Center showcases curriculum based performances throughout the school year. In correlation with each performance, a representative from the Gaillard will visit classrooms and lead students through an arts integrated lesson that corresponds, expands, and supports the topic of the performance.

The 2016-2017 Education Initiative will provide educators and students across the Lowcountry a connection to high caliber programs designed to build on current curricula while continuing to advance arts education and provide inclusive access. The Education Initiative assists classroom teachers in teaching core curricula, through performing arts to build a team of arts educators and young, engaged students. The goal of the program is to improve classroom performance and student achievement, while removing financial barriers preventing student access to performing arts programs.

*Note: If a grade level decides to use one of their ECM Experiences to attend a performance at the Gaillard Center, there will also need to be a corresponding in-school ECM Experience around the topic of the performance led by a different ECM Partner. That grade level would have then completed their 2 ECM Experiences for the year.

Sample Performances:

Dance Theatre of Harlem– Lecture Demonstration – Performance – 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

The Science of Magic – Performance -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!unspecified (2)

I Have a Dream – Virginia Reperatory – Performance – 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.”

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To see the Gaillard Center’s complete list of educational programs, visit their site.