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2006 VSA and MetLife Foundation Arts Connect All Awardees

A distinguished panel of arts education professionals reviewed and evaluated the submissions and selected the following programs as the 2006 winners.

  • Allegro Foundation (Charlotte, N.C.) for "Dance/Movement Education," a weekly workshop in which elementary school students develop dance skills and create original choreography.
  • CENTERSTAGE (Baltimore, Md.) for "Encounter," a residency program for high school students that uses theater as a medium for learning, community building, and creative self-expression.
  • Deaf West Theatre (North Hollywood, Calif.) for "in-School Workshops" and "ASL Story Time," programs that promote theatrical experiences that are culturally relevant, linguistically appropriate, and fully accessible for deaf and hearing children.
  • Foundation for Pierce College (Los Angeles, Calif.) for "Media Access Project," a mentoring program that allows high school students to create original documentary and dramatic programming under the direction of college theatre and film faculty.
  • Powerful Puppetry (Portland, Ore.) for "Friends to the End," in-school puppet performances that teach respect for and understanding of what it is like to live with a disability as a result of traumatic injury.
  • Luna Kids Dance (Berkeley, Calif.) for "Tilden Elementary Integrated Creative Dance," a program that builds respect for diversity in the classroom, supports cultural literacy, and enhances learning through dance.
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle, Wash.) for "Dance to Learn," a residency program with Rose Hill Elementary School in which students create and choreograph an original work after exploring dance composition and translating ideas for movement into drawing, writing, and music.
  • The Providence Black Repertory Company (Providence, R.I.) for "Common Ground," a program where students from diverse backgrounds explore common experiences by creating original pieces that fuse theater, drumming, and dance.
  • Seattle Children's Theatre (Seattle, Wash.) for "Deaf Youth Drama Program," a combination of in-class workshops, residencies, and public performances that develop the fundamentals of theatre and build literacy and interpersonal skills.
  • Tampa Museum of Art (Tampa, Fla.) for "Partners in Art," an outreach program for six Hillsborough County schools that uses the creative processes of painting and photography to raise awareness and appreciation of community diversity.
  • That Uppity Theatre Company (St. Louis, Mo.) for "Playwright Discovery Program," a residency program that challenges high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of writing a play.