Residencies consist of weekly classes over the course of several weeks, allowing students to connect deeply with the creative process of arts learning. For the 2020-2021 school year, residencies have been developed to be delivered both in-person and remotely, adapting the program to school needs and safety protocols.

Two such residencies are available to select Chautauqua County students, with a focus on serving students with disabilities. Sing Me a Story focuses on the integration of vocal and instrumental music and stories, with an end goal of increased musical involvement and reading comprehension. Feelin’ the Beat integrates music learning with social emotional skill development through drumming. This VSA program is provided in 2020-21 under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is newly supported this year by The Children’s Guild Foundation.

Generous support is provided for this program by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

Sample Sing Me a Story Lesson Plan