community outreach – good boys

December 2, 2008

Six to 18 months prior to every Mo`olelo production, we develop strategic partnerships and community and educational outreach programs to surround each play. For GOOD BOYS, which is scheduled to run in May and June 2009, our partnership-building has aleady begun.

We began by meeting with Dr. Ken Druck of the Jenna Druck Foundation. A mental health professional who has worked with survivors of schools shootings, Dr. Druck will provide dramaturgical support on the project helping to ensure we achieve a level of authenticity in the portrayal of the individuals connected to the school shooting in GOOD BOYS. He’s already met with the Director and Graphic Designer of the production and we will continue to engage him throughout the process.

Next we cultivated a partnership with the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF). A nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of youth violence, TKF will present a post-show discussion at a couple of our performances in May/June 2009.

In addition, we are continuing and building upon our partnerships with Hoover High and Young Audiences of San Diego by piloting a high school level Neighborhood Bridges residency as part of GOOD BOYS. Developed by The Children’s Theatre of Minneapolis, Neighborhood Bridges is a federally-recognized arts education program that uses storytelling, creative writing, and theater activities to teach critical literacy skills and transform students into storytellers of their own lives. As implented by The Children’s Theatre, Bridges is geared toward elementary and middle school students. Mo`olelo, Hoover and Young Audiences will be piloting a high school level Bridges in which the students’ weekly lesson plans are connected to the themes of GOOD BOYS, and which culminates with the students completing a community service art installation project.

And today, we met with representatives from Grossmont Union High School District and the San Diego County Office of Education to explore partnerships with them as well.

Developing these strategic partnerships is a central ingredient to every Mo`olelo production. They help us deepen our audiences’ experiences of our plays and engage new, non-traditional arts participants. We’ll keep you posted as we continue to develop our GOOD BOYS partnerships and programs.

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