CCTA’s Free Outreach Programs for Baltimore youth are designed to make theatre arts available and accessible to all students in our region. Programs include the all day Robinson Residency which brings students from the Baltimore City Public School system to performances of Most Valuable Player, the story of Jackie Robinson, followed by lunch and an afternoon of workshops. New to our Programming is our In-school Residency workshop which is a hands on follow up theatrical workshop designed to reinforce the themes taught in the Residency, like standing up to bullying and being a positive influence. These workshops are intended to provide more individualized attention and reach more students who might not have participated in the Residency itself. We also offer After School free theatre classes for low income students which are held at local Baltimore City Pubic schools as well as a free two week all day performing arts summer camp for Baltimore youth.
Most Valuable Player is being introduced to children throughout the Baltimore City Public School System in the form of a Residency Program. We hope to inspire thousands of students with its message of ambition, integrity, and self-assurance. It tells the story of Jackie Robinson, an award-winning baseball player who rose from poor beginnings in Georgia to become the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era.
Each performance lasts approximately one hour and is followed by a question-and-answer session with the cast and an afternoon of workshops. Bus transportation is provided for attending schools, along with schools being provided a copy of “Jackie and ME” the book. A lesson plan to incorporate residency concepts into the school curriculum will also be provided upon request.
The CCTA Performing Arts Camp in Baltimore began in the summer of 2010, the brainchild of CCTA staff members who saw that, for many city students, the arts ended at the conclusion of the school year. The camp offers a two-week intensive of workshops, rehearsals, and performances for up to 30 students in grades 3 – 8. It runs in partnership with host school Armistead Gardens Elementary/Middle School.
Our after school classes nurture the whole student allowing a child to expand their horizons through drama and musical theatre which opens their ability to communicate and improve not only self confidence increase test scores. We reach approximately 165 students through Armistead and two new schools this year Mt. Washington and Francis Scott Keys. The youth receive weekly instruction and workshops from staff and then end with an exciting performance.
All of our Baltimore Outreach Programs are free for our students due to the generous grants from Delaplaine Foundation , Howard County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council, Wells Fargo, Whiting-Turner Foundation, Anonymous and our personal donors. We thank you!