The Arts & College Preparatory Academy (ACPA) educates approximately 400 students in grades 9 through 12, who come from over 25 districts in central Ohio. Many students choose to enroll in ACPA because of our rigorous academic and extensive arts programs. Others are seeking a safe school environment and are often victims of bullying or marginalization in their home districts. The ACPA student population is very diverse and it is our mission to serve and include all students as equal members of the school community. We accomplish this through our progressive curriculum, extra-curricular activities and inclusion of student input in programming development and decision-making.
Ten ACPA students have created an hour long performance with the purpose to spread ACPA’s message of equality and acceptance to middle school students throughout Central Ohio.
2) Describe your Project!
In September 2016, ten ACPA students began writing and producing an interactive experience titled “The Others”. They crafted the experience to be one hour long for an audience of up to fifty middle school students. The experience begins with a 15 minute play performed by the ACPA students. This play has three different scenes: The first scene is set in a pre-school classroom, the second in a third grade classroom, and finally a scene in a sixth grade classroom. Each scene highlights seemingly unassuming interactions that, throughout life, combine to form thought patterns that contribute to discrimination and implicit bias.
At the conclusion of the play, the middle school students will split up into five smaller groups with two high school leaders. First, the smaller groups will play a few ice breaker games. Once a comfortable group dynamic is established, all students will be encouraged to share stories of when they felt bullied, discriminated, or that they didn’t belong, ultimately leading to a discussions for how to prevent discrimination.
3) What is your goal for this project?
The ultimate goal of this project is to provide middle school students in Columbus, Ohio with an interactive experience that will:
Encourage them to look beyond stereotypes and understand why they exist
Provide them with a new perspective on the issue of bullying
Empower students to be happy and comfortable with themselves.
Cultivate conversation among students, teachers, and the entire school community
4) How much money do you need and what will you use it for?
Transportation: $600. As a small charter school, we do not own our own busses which forces us to rent transportation vehicles for all our field trips. The cost for a two-way, in town bus ride is $200.
Materials: $100. We will supply each school with writing utensils and paper to write on
Substitute teacher: $150. We will need to provide a substitute teacher for each day we perform, so that the theater teacher can join the group. ACPA is committed to paying for this cost.
If we raise more than $900, we will donate the rest to the other presenting organizations!