Immigrant Quilt

Immigrant Quilt

The history of immigration in the United States told through Dance, Music and Story. Discover how each community adds another square to the quilt of America with their different stories, culture, and traditions. The performance will encourage children to cultivate their ability to connect the history they read to the life they are familiar with, understand the structure of a story, and respect other cultures and their traditions. Custom designed shows serve preK-12 grade students. Youngest children: engages the students throughout the show by taking them on a trip around the world and back in time; they have the chance to act out the story. Upper elementary and middle school students: they find themselves wrapped in the story and focused on the drama of “What happens next?” Older students: builds in section of the program that highlight how Master Artist Arianna Ross has managed to craft her stories and publish her work.

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Artist Background

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.

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