Bronx High School
It is within the mission of The Dare Tactic to develop outreach programs that promote artistic expression. Providing creative opportunities in Education is deeply rooted in the core values of our company and our High School Education program was developed with this in mind. Through a collaboration between TDT and The Bronx Lab High School, we were able to develop a program for the students to expose them to theater and theatre related undergraduate opportunities.
On the first day students were led in a discussion by our Executive Director Giovanni Lemus on a brief history of theater and what people currently use theater for around the world to make political statements and for self expression. They were then lead through a monologue workshop in which students wrote original pieces and performed them for their classmates. They then developed their own vignettes related to a couple chosen monologues from the group.
The second day comprised of a college tour of Pace University's School of Performing Arts
Why is this important?
When teenagers are in High School they are in a very transitional period and they are very impressionable. Our work can help them have a smoother transition into their future as well as give them possible creative outlets that may help them graduate.
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Hospital
The Dare Tactic collaborated with Lenox Hill Neighborhood House's CARE Program to create a musical production with dementia patients. The CARE Program is an award-winning arts-based day program for older adults suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The Dare Tactic’s actors and musicians worked with the dementia patients two days a week for a totally of eight weeks to create an original production with the objective of increasing participant self-understanding and acceptance and to facilitate reminiscence and memory.
Each visit to Lenox Hill Neighborhood House included observation and assistance of visual arts projects lead by NYU Art Therapy graduate students followed by music sessions with musicians from The Dare Tactic.
Actors and musicians from The Dare Tactic worked one on one with the dementia patients to create bond of trust essential to facilitating short term memory.
The culmination of the eight week process was a public performance of the one hour musical production which utilized live music, performance, dance, and project by The Dare Tactic and the Lenox Hill dementia patients.