Arts Literacy Residencies
Free Street's Arts Literacy Residencies brought creative writing and theater communication skills into the Chicago Public School classrooms. The 20-30 week workshops were facilitated by professional artists who developed student skills by working in a kinetic, active, energized manor so students dive into work with out self critique - creating within the inspired moment. Free Street facilitators developed writing and theater communication skills that can draw themes from the classroom teacher's curriculum.
Free Street also offered CPDU's through professional training workshops and/or classroom residencies.
Free Street began bringing arts into classrooms in the early 1970s.
Teacher Responses to Free Street's Arts Literacy program
"Students have developed a self-confidence and a group dynamic that transfers itself into our daily routine and class activities." - Haneefa Muhamad, Peirce Public School teacher
""I feel this program helps students venture inside themselves to produce creative written work. It helps my shy students express themselves within a safe environment."
Student Responses to Free Street's Arts Literacy program
"My regular school work has gotten better. When I go to my extended day after Free Street my mind is more relaxed and I can work better."
"I'm more confident now with Free Street."
"Sometimes I feel shy but when Free Street encourages me I feel better about doing something with the class."
"Working with Free Street is good because it opens your mind to different opinions."
Some of the Schools where Free Street taught: