Founded in 1976, we are pioneers in the field of arts integration, integrating the performing and visual arts with academic and social curricula to improve student achievement and social emotional health. Our work fosters creative and critical thinking and bridges arts, education, and social services. We hold ourselves to the highest academic and artistic standards, and have a proven history of excellence, rigor, and community engagement. Our partnerships are built on an unwavering commitment to equity, inclusion and socially-just practices.
In our artist-in-residence programs, students and teachers are immersed in the creative process of learning as they create and perform original works linked to their curriculum.
We expand the capacity of teachers to integrate the arts into virtually everything they teach as a means to engage all learners.
ECT works in partnership with area social service agencies, integrating the arts with family literacy and life skills, and developing socially relevant theater with young people.
We are a professional theater company. We create and perform original plays on historical, cultural and socially relevant themes designed to engage, educate, and capture the imagination of our audiences.
Our collective hearts are breaking with the tragic murders of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many other African American men and women in our country in recent and not-so-recent years. These hateful murders are part of a long and sorrowful history of injustice and systemic racism in the United States. We cannot and will not be silent. As an arts in education organization, we have always been committed to creative and courageous solutions that can change the world for the better. We are committed to a world in which Black people and all People of Color can feel safe, loved, free, and have the same opportunity to live a full and meaningful life.
“I’ve never worked so hard in my life. I felt like quitting lots of times, and I’ve never been so proud of myself as I was today after our performance.”
~ 7th grade student, Springfield