It is almost March which means it is almost time for THEATRE IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH!! This is a time of year when theatre artists and educators can proudly bring attention to the work that we do all year with young people. There are so many ways we strive to bring theatre into our schools, that is is good to step back, reflect, and celebrate!
The theme for TIOS 2013 is Fostering a Culture of Creativity. I am fortunate to have started a new job this year at a fine arts magnet school within the Chicago Public School system. This new position has made me question the nature of creativity and how we cultivate it within our students because this is honestly the most creative teaching environment in which I have ever worked. These K-8 students are fearless and passionate and imaginative. Their sense of play is celebrated and it shines through in all their work. What is it about the culture at this school? How can we maintain this commitment to creativity? Is there a way to foster a similar environment in other schools?
It is my hope that some of these questions will be addressed in AATE's TIOS 2013 programming. What questions do you have regarding creativity and the role it plays in your life? Attend one of the nine different mini-conferences being offered across the country over the next few weeks and find creative communities close to your home. Wear your show shirt on Friday, March 8th and use it as a way to bring creativity into your work place. Follow the "Tweet Treats" or get on twitter yourself and tweet about how you teach creativity to your young artists.
Whatever you do to celebrate TIOS, I hope your March is full of creativity!