ASTEP supports Teach for India!

Over the course of the past few months, three ASTEP Volunteer Artists dedicated their summer break to supporting Teach for India and the deeply underserved children who attend TFI schools. The main goal was to pair up with TFI Teaching Fellows (teachers in training) and help incorporate the arts into their daily curriculum. For example, using music to teach math and putting on a play to improve reading and collaboration skills.

ASTEP Volunteer Artists also spent time assisting on the production of MAYA the Musical, performed around the country at local Teach for India programs. Hundreds of TFI students perform in the musical, which features an original script and Broadway composed music by ASTEP Volunteer Artists that tells the story of Princess Maya’s whirlwind journey of self-discovery. This musical is the perfect tool that uses the arts to teach important life skills such as communication, confidence and team work.

Thanks to ASTEP Volunteer Artists Sydney Berkowitz, Caitlin Coleman, and Brigid Transon for bringing the transforming power of the arts to India this summer!




ASTEP art institute with Teach for India

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When ASTEP was asked to implement an arts institute for 35 students in Pune, India through Teach for India, we jumped at the opportunity! These inspiring students have no arts training and were selected from among hundreds of extremely low-income children to participate in four weeks of arts immersion.

ASTEP Volunteer Artist Nick Dalton joined ASTEP Founder/Executive Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell in leading music, dance and drama classes that taught artistic skills and highlighted important social issues such as health and HIV/AIDS awareness.

In addition, ASTEP conducted a series of workshops for Teach for India teachers in training, focusing on how to incorporate the arts into their curriculum. The arts not only have the power to engage children but excite them about learning — the teachers were thrilled to gain tangible tools to bolster their classroom teaching.

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+ Nick Dalton with Teach for India staff and Mary-Mitchell Campbell leading a music class for the Teach For India students. +