BENEFITING: CORE TO CORPS INC
EVENT DATE: Jul 22, 2015
This summer, Core to Corps, an educational non-profit organization, will bring a unique approach of design and dance to Kuppam, a rural area in south India’s Andhra Pradesh district located just outside of Bangalore. We will be partnering with the Agastya Foundation, an educational trust that seeks to help the economically disadvantaged and vulnerable population of children who are at risk to the vicious cycle of poverty.
This is Core to Corps’ first global educational initiative, and cultural exchange program. Our goal is to work at all levels of the educational system at Agastya serving with our specific areas of expertise.
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Our creative team will include, Professor Karelyn Siegler, founder and creative director of Core to Corps and faculty at Parsons the New School for Design, Arianna Alexis, rising junior at Parsons and designer of bespoke gowns for corps de ballet members of New York City Ballet, and Claire Von Enck, a corps de ballet dancer with New York City Ballet and dance educator. They will travel to the Agastya Foundation and work along side their educators in a rich cultural exchange of craft and ideas.
Our objectives while in India are to spark curiosity and to professionally engage their educators to integrate the principles of art and artistic expression with math literacy and science lessons. We will be teaching children at the Agastya campus that are brought there by bus, as well as traveling to the surrounding rural villages in Kuppam in Agastya’s mobile labs to teach this integrated approach to art and science. We will be using sustainable, locally sourced materials to create our teaching tools, and to share in the abundant cultural resources of the community in India.
THE ART DANCE COLLABORATIVE
The Art-Dance Collaborative will be a three-week program that will integrate two art forms in a dynamic cultural exchange. We will be working with about 120 children, and a core group of 40 children that will focus on a dance performance at the end of the workshop. It will be a collective effort from both Core to Corps’ creative team and Agastya’s educators. Claire Von Enck will be teaching dance classes and choreopgraphing alongside traditional Indian dancers, as well as performing a dance from an Indian narrative. Professor Siegler and Arianna will be teaching costume design and basic sewing skills as well as coordinating set design and props with the educators in Kuppam.
YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM
Core to corps creative team will also be teaching art classes. We will specifically be identifying specially gifted older students to learn more advanced principles. Our hope is to engage these older children to develop the basic teaching skills necessary to be able to teach the material introduced to the younger students. This effort is to make our time at Agastya more sustainable.
Professor Siegler will be working one on one with some of the educators at Agastya. She will be investing in their professional expansion, and introducing an integrated approach to developing math literacy through the principles of art.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our vision. But we can't do this without you. We’ve raised $2700. Our goal is to raise $10,000. All donations will go directly to the workshop costs, transportation for the artists, and potentially to add a workshop in Jaipur. Everyone’s contribution is valuable.
You can donate directly on our website at www.coretocorps.com
Core to Corps is a non-profit educational organization that empowers and challenges a diverse group of young designers and arts to merge their talents as a tool for positive social change. Core to Corps designers create bespoke gowns for NYCB dancers, offer Fashion workshops for disadvantaged youth, and travel the world engaging in arts education and intercultural exchange. Through Core to Corps, Founder & Creative Director Karelyn Siegler couples her expertise in design and arts education with a vision for community transformation.