|This is a photo of a fourth grader from ACS playing the
character of a science teacher, Mr. Seedplot, in the play
The Magic Bus: Seeds and Plants. The teachers of the
third and fourth grades expected their students to absorb
a deeper understanding of the world of plants beyond
memorizing their structures and functions. In collaboration
with two Open Eye teaching artists, they devised a
project using tools of theater performance for the
students to explore the world of plants from a science
perspective. The students presented what they learned
from the project to the community.
|This is a list of pros and cons that the high school for the
Parenting class. They later used Hopkins for the this list
to base their arguments in a mock custody hearing to
decide who Gilly Hopkins should live with, her foster
parent or grandmother.
ESP Project Director: Amie Brockway
Andes Central School Partnership Coordinator: Elizabeth Sherr
Margaretville Central School Partnership Coordinator: Richard Genaro
Teaching Artists: Amie Brockway, Richard Genaro, Elizabeth Sherr, Sharone Stacy
|2010-2011 School Year
Margaretville Central School/Andes Central School
|Empire State Partnership and the Open Eye Theater
(click image below for the ESP website)
Elizabeth Sherr, teaching artist
|Andes Central School
“The Civil War On Stage”
Open Eye Teaching Artist: Richard Genaro
Teacher: Linda Belmont
Date: October 2010
|7th Grade Project
Margaretville Central School
7th Grade Art Class
Classroom Teacher: Jen Wentland
Open Eye Teaching Artist: Richard Genaro
The students will discover where the lines of all creative arts may cross paths in this new partnership. The classroom
teacher will offer an array of artists and paintings for the students to select "their" artist. The students will study
specifics of the artist's life and work. A frame has been built for the students to form tableaus of their favorite
paintings. The paintings will come alive with monologues, scenes and letters that they will write or improvise along
with the teaching artist. The overall goals are to discover crossed pathways of visual and performing arts, study in
depth famous artists throughout the ages, further develop their writing and performance arts skills. There will be a
“works in progress” presentation upon completion.
|Former Open Eye Board of Trustee Bill
Piervincenzi builds a frame for upcoming
Margaretville Central School 7th Grade
Partnership. Thanks, Bill!!
|The Empire State Partnerships (ESP) is dedicated to identifying, developing and nurturing
promising practices in arts education through support of long-term collaborations between cultural
organizations and schools. The project focuses on student achievement of the New York State
Learning Standards and contributing to the improvement of teaching and learning in New York
Click here for more information about ESP
|In this photo, third graders from MCS are in the gym rehearsing One, a play
about bullying. The actor being bullied is surrounded by other characters
who are afraid to stand up to the bully. The actors are expressing their
characters' personalities here. The Teaching Assistant is in the
background prompting the students on their blocking and lines.
|Here, third graders from MCS are siting in a circle reflecting on their performance of
One, a play on bullying. After viewing the performance video, the teacher and
teaching artist asked the students such questions as what their favorite part of the
project is, what they as performers did best, and what they would do differently if they
had a chance to act again.
|This photo is of high school students from MCS learning to
set a table for a Thanksgiving feast as they explore a scene
from The elective class. In this project designed for the
Parenting class, students are exploring different roles
people play in the life of a foster child. In addition to reading
and critically analyzing the play, the students held a mock
|This program is made possible in part by public funds from the New
York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.
|Parenting Class at MCS 2011 with Teaching Artist Elizabeth Sherr and
Teacher Kathleen Curly: Gilly's mom, Courtney, on the witness stand at
custody hearing - a theatrical exercise in analyzing different kinds
of parenting skills.
|Phase I: The Filming of
"Promises, Passion & Pride: The Story of the Anti-Rent War of Andes"
7th Grade Project ~ Winter/Spring 2012
(8th Graders participating as extras and in supporting roles.)
Andes Central School
Classroom Teacher: Linda Belmont
Teaching Artist: Richard "Mr. D" Genaro
Screenplay written & directed by Richard Genaro
In this time travel adventure, two modern day teenage girls, Becky and Jane, meet up with a young John Burroughs and Jay Gould to visit Andes, New York, 1845. The four
watch the drama unfold, as the "Calico" Indians (disguised anti-renters) attempt to overcome the oppression they suffer from the unfair rents and lease agreements of
land-owning patent holders.
In the early 18th Century Queen Anne of England bestowed lands to several individuals, including most of Delaware County to Johannes Hardenburgh. His heirs continued
to garner profit from local residents through the 19th Century, (and records indicate some collections continued until approximately 1920.) While the "Calicos" strived to use
the law, they were eventually forced to take matters into their own hands.
The Anti-Rent War movement began in Albany County; however, the accidental murder of Andes' Undersheriff Osman Steele on August 7, 1845, prompted the end of the
feudal land systems in New York State.
photo credits Simona David
|Mrs. Belmont & Mr. D rehearse the Royal Governor Lord
Cornbury & Hardenburgh Lawyer scene circa early 18th Century
|Mr. D rehearses students for the "Time Travel
Meeting" of (from L to R) a young John Burroughs &
Jay Gould, Becky & Jane.
|Mr. D rehearses the "Pizza & Yoo-Hoo" scene set at Hogan's
General Store with students playing John Burroughs, Jay
Gould, Becky & Jane.
|Pre-K & Kindergarten at ACS final performance
|Read, Write, Play
Youth Theater Workshop
Presented on July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18
Ages 4-7 10am-noon
Ages 8-16 12:30-3:30
|Lillian is showing her mother, Amy Taylor,
her drawing of Frog's house from Sandra
Asher's book Too Many Frogs.
|Barbara Morrow, a participant of the Youth
Theater Workshop on 7/21/12 doing a cold
reading during Read Write Play.