In the Community
Creative collaboration and arts integration are at the very heart of everything we do. We merge missions. We align priorities. We collaboratively create original, innovative programs with our community partners. Our partnerships with area social service agencies integrate the arts with all aspects of life, from family literacy to life skills, developing theater within our community that addresses issues of social relevance.
ECT has integrated theater arts with self-presentation skills with young adults with mental illness and adjudicated youth, working to develop communication skills and positive self regard. We work in close partnership with Treehouse on Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America, and with pregnant and parenting teens to develop self-advocacy and public speaking skills. ECT has developed innovative family reading initiatives in homeless shelters and provides training for parents of young children on how to read aloud to engage and inspire children to read. We have been community leaders of One Book Holyoke, a community-wide reading program, funded by the NEA, designed to engage cross-community conversation about socially relevant themes and inspire people to read for pleasure and purpose.
Enchanted Circle Theater regularly collaborates with an extraordinary group of organizations and institutions of higher learning including: Art and Soul,The Care Center, Coordinated Family and Community Engagement, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Five College Consortium, Girls, Inc., The Greater Holyoke Boys and Girls Club, Hampshire College, Hampshire Education Collaborative, Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke Rows, Holyoke YMCA, The Homework House, Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, Northeast Center for Youth and Families,The Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue Committee, The Treehouse Communities, and the Wistariahurst Museum .
Interested in initiating a new creative community collaboration?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (413) 534-3789.
We look forward to creating something new with you!
” My students are developing a sense of community and “themselves” that without the experience of the theater would not be possible. I see my students grow and shine, and that means the world to me.”
~ ESL Teacher, Holyoke