River Trail School Peace Project – Imagine PSAs
CAT and MediaMakers worked for seven weeks with third and seventh grade students to create a two-part PSA about recognizing elements of a pervasive culture of violence, articulating desires for peace, and imaging a more respectful and supportive environment. Students wrote the scenarios, performed in and video recorded them. Study guides for teachers on using the PSAs in anti-violence projects were written. The PSAs were shown as part of the Milwaukee Film Festival, exhibited as part of the Imagine Gallery installation, and have been used to support workshops on violence prevention projects at conferences and workshops. (Funded through Arts @ Large.)
Vieau School – creation of film about cyber bullying and bystanding
Over the course of three months, CAT and filmmaker Jenny Plevin used a variety of Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, story circles, physical storyboarding, improvisation, and devising techniques to create the script for a short film about cyber-bulling. Seventh grade students performed in the film. It was shown as part of the Imagine installation at the Arts @ Large gallery.
Over the course of 3 months, eighth grade students at Vieau School wrote, produced, acted in, composed the score for, and recorded several elements of an interactive multi-media gallery installation. For 10 weeks after the public opening, student groups took tours of the Arts @ Large gallery and then participated in Image Theatre workshops and discussions about violence prevention and empathy. (Co-created with MediaMakers; funded through Arts @ Large.)
Creation of a video with second grade students about positive choices to create a safe and supportive environment for learning. During this 9 week project, CAT used Image Theatre and story circles to develop the scripts for each vignette. Students cast, rehearsed, and performed each piece. Video recording and editing by Mark and Jenny; funding by Arts @ Large.