With the continuation of our need to stay at home for work, school, and most other activities, comes the need for a continuing effort to provide creative resources for students, teachers, and families.

The launch of the Renaissance Theatre’s QuaRENtine Education Initiative has provided just a glimpse into a variety of educational activities designed with creativity in mind. The series, coordinated by Renaissance Resident Teaching Artist Dauphne Maloney, will be expanding its Renaissance Education offerings to the community in a series of live classes called QuaRENtine Classroom using Zoom with the first course beginning on May 5. Maloney, trained by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., hopes that the expansion of the program will serve as another way in which the arts can enhance learning for a range of age groups.

Maloney says, “Author and poet William Plomer stated that, ‘creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.’ As we continue down this path of safety by encouraging families to stay at home, we’ve been reminded of that essential need to connect with each other in every way we can. The use of technology has allowed us to make that connection in ways we didn’t expect. The arts encourage us to think more creatively; to engage with others; and help to enhance our social and emotional growth—especially when used in a learning environment. The expansion of our QuaRENtine Education Initiative to include live, online classes is a natural progression which offers even more opportunity to families and educators.”

Beginning April 23, interested parents and educators may visit the Renaissance website (www.rentickets.org), to register for a variety of sessions, or may register on EventBrite. Registration is free, and each session has a limited number of spots available. Information regarding any needed materials will be provided by Maloney prior to class sessions. All the material provided can be used by educators, as well as parents and students. Material for the website will be updated, and expanded upon, regularly to include new material and resources for other activities and creative exploration.

For more information on Creative Educational Activities Resources or any Renaissance Education programs, visit www.rentickets.org. QuaRENtine Classroom is part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series.

Source, Photo: Renaissance Performing Arts Association

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