When you listen to a storm or walk through the forest, you can hear nature's special symphony, an old story that has been told over and over again. In ancient times, people explained a scientific phenomenon with a story or a song. Through drama, storytelling and music the students discover the how's, why's, and what's of STEM curricula. Arianna's custom-designed STEM residencies weave the power of storytelling, theatre, writing science and math together. During the residency, the class could explore either a specific scientific process or answer an overarching question such as "Why is the Desert expanding?" After they have laid the groundwork in science and drama, the students will take on the roles of professional scientists seeking to solve a problem. The arts combined with these subjects enhance and motivate students' understanding of a variety of topics, strengthen critical thinking skills, develop self-respect, and create positive group dynamics. Use this link to view a video excerpt from this program: https://vimeo.com/67667057
Story Tapestries and Arianna Ross create educational, entertaining, international programs that weave the power of dance, storytelling, writing, visual art and theatre. Arianna uses the tools of her art forms to help youth foster a deeper connection to the subjects they’re learning and to guide educators to increase their effectiveness by incorporating arts-based strategies in their lesson plans. For 20 years she has performed and taught in schools, colleges, community centers and concert halls. She custom designs every program to fit the age and needs of the audience. Recently, she secured $20,000 in matching funds to support high-need schools. She has worked with National Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Washington Performing Arts Society.