Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
– Albert Einstein
Our experience has shown that young artists in training are quite capable, with the guidance of trained teaching artists, to constructively add their voices to the dialogue of their community through their art. We believe that our guidance can help them to create the art of their future, rather than solely to interpret the art of our past. We also observe that this generation of children is more challenged than ever to command their own attention. As performance training is also the training of awareness, our intention is to help these young artists know that they can command and direct their own attention and to offer them opportunities to understand why they may wish to do so.
We offer a Young Ensemble consisting of those aged 15 to adult. That company will train together and will devise performances together. We hope that in the future, some of those students may become student leaders in the training of younger children. We are beginning a new era of educational engagement with our community. We intend to have students training in our on-site classes as well as to send qualified teaching artists out into the schools to support teachers in filling a current void in substantial arts education.
We are currently creating a studio space for teaching and learning including converting about 1/3 of our loft space to a teaching studio and lab. We are adding marley flooring to create a safe environment for physical student exploration as well as stocking the loft with toys and tools for studio exploration.
We are committed to keeping costs as low as possible for families and, with the help of the Vivian Turner Estate, local industry, grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, from the Alabama State Department of Education and from our individual donors, we are able to offer scholarships and work-study opportunities.
A Thank You to Teachers
Many teachers have inspired and shaped our training philosophy. Below are some of them. We are deeply grateful for their contributions to our understanding of the craft, of the instrument and of the purpose.
Anne Marie Caskey