Cats Paying Dues has partnered with the Global Arts Initiative (GAIN) to present the Narrative Arts Program, a brand new educational experience geared towards middle school and high school students. Centered around developing personal narratives (around the theme of bullying, and others) and combined with a presentation of Come Together, the Narrative Arts Program provides students with the opportunity to explore tap dance (and other arts), learn how to tell their own stories, and translate their personal stories into creative arts pieces. Members of Cats Paying Dues engage the students in dance lessons, story-telling, and coaching as the students create their own works of art in dance, spoken word, and/or visual art throughout the program.
“The bonding between the dancer/teachers and the students in just 10 sessions was amazing and the students were so proud to share their stories and art with the other campers.” – Patricia Klausner, Founder/Managing Director, Global Arts Initiative
“The Narrative Arts Project is terrific! They provided Hudson Guild summer campers with high quality dance classes and narrative support around bullying mixed with a great deal of respect and affection. The students created their own dance or art work that explored their experiences with bullying. The campers were engaged and really enjoyed the project.” – Jennifer Johnson, Creative Arts Therapy Coordinator, Hudson Guild
Based on a curriculum piloted at the Hudson Guild Summer Camp.