Photo of the Week – June 23rd, 2011

Students from IS 62 participate in their first Story Giants festival.   

Last week, Urban Arts Partnership hosted three story-telling festivals at middle schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Story Giants served as the culminating event for this year’s Story Studio Project. Story Studio is a rigorous Arts and English Language integration program for middle school students who are recent immigrants or are learning English for the first time. The program uses drawing, painting, collage, storyboarding and simple acting techniques combined with structured reading, writing and vocabulary activities to advance students’ proficiency and fluency in usage of the English Language.
The Story Giants Festivals celebrated the work that the students have done over the course of the school year. In front of an audience of their peers, teachers and parents, Story Studio students told stories that they have developed, written and illustrated themselves.  At each of these festivals, the original stories celebrated diverse cultural heritages, immigrations stories, new friends, new schools and new experiences in New York City.
To see more photos from Story Giants Festivals, click here.