Mariposa In The Schools has been introducing Ontario young people to oral cultural traditions in music, dance, storytelling, spoken word and interdisciplinary experiences that are grounded in the collective creative expressions of world cultures and reflect our common humanity and experiences.
About MARIPOSA IN THE SCHOOLS
Since 1969, MITS has brought quality, tradition-based performing art forms to students, educators and community groups across Ontario. Our artists, representing oral cultures from around the world, share their passion, knowledge, experience and expertise of these forms (music, dance, storytelling, spoken word and puppet theatre) with over 50,000 children and youth annually, in over fifty Ontario school communties. Their work and heritage represent uniquely Canadian and world traditions that reflect Canadian classrooms today and illustrate the important role that oral traditions play in the learning experience of children.
Our programs link world cultures and generations that inspire, challenge perceptions, explore and discover new meaning and understanding of the interconnectedness of all things. They feature inclusive hands-on learning grounded in richly diverse oral cultures for students and teachers (pre-school to grade 12), including at-risk youth and children with special needs. Our artists guide learners in a collective creative experience that fully integrates aspects of the curriculum, where students learn new skills while gainging an appreciation for the art form and each other.
EQUITY OF ACCESS - We strive to ensure that our programs are affordable to all communities and provide direct program subsidy assistance to over 20 school communities annually through our programming partnerships and fundraising efforts including our Friends of MITS individual donors campaign, along with corporate and foundation support that also help to subsidize travel costs, supports special projects, and provides direct program assistance to under-served communities. Donations can also be made to the FeelGood Music Fund, in memory of Barry Luksenberg, designated to support and promote Hip Hop/Rap programs and mentoring emerging artists in schools and community-based initiatives, and in honour of Lois Lillenstein that assists in providing equitable access to our programs specifically for young primary students.
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