Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA
MissionEnchanted Circle is a multi-service arts-in-education organization dedicated to engaging, enhancing, and inspiring Culturally Responsive learning through the arts. We partner with schools and community organizations to provide equitable access to arts integrated learning for people of all ages and abilities. Our work fosters creative and critical thinking and bridges arts, education and human services in many of the most under-resourced and marginalized sectors of Massachusetts. Our programs integrate theater, dance, music, visual arts, media arts, and literary arts - with academic and social curricula to improve student outcomes, and the development of social emotional and community health.
What We DoEnchanted Circle facilitates and co-creates arts integrated learning throughout the Connecticut River Valley. Community-based programming includes Page to Stage, Mural and Literacy residencies Liberty Hill Townhouse in Springfield, Reading Alive public performances, History of Bomba drumming and dance workshops, and Creative Youth Arts Lab with LGBTQIA+ group House of Colors of Enlace de Familias. We invite and inspire Massachusetts learners in cultural expression and exploration.
Page to Stage is an interactive literacy program geared towards children adapting a picture book into culturally expressive theater that represents the participating community. The Community-based mural of Liberty Hill involved the residents- whose ages ranged from 2 to 80- Youth Leaders from Liberty Hill and surrounding area, and staff. With the facilitation of our artist, everyone contributed from initial idea planning to co-designing images, to construction and painting of the mural. There was rich diversity in age, gender, language and abilities, and everyone came together to bring the mural to life in their community. Focus Springfield Community TV documented this amazing collaboration and can be seen here- https://youtu.be/VQ1arWtSgXU. With the House of Colors of Enlace de Familias in Holyoke, teaching artists and Holyoke Public School youth discussed, explored, and created opportunities for youth leadership and social justice action regarding LGBTQIA+ representation, access, and self respect. Reading Alive is an arts-based interactive public performance that engages children and their families in building literacy and a love of books. Communities in Holyoke, Chicopee and Springfield engage with culturally relevant authors and characters, and build storytelling, vocabulary, and reading comprehension skills through music, movement and theater activities. These are just a few of the arts-rich community-based programs we offer throughout the year to our local Massachusetts communities.