Milagro Touring & Arts Education Programs for schools embraces a cradle to career approach in arts education. As members of the Coalition of Communities of Color, the OYE Sexual Health Coalition and an Oregon Arts Commission model of best practices, Milagro’s educational bilingual plays address a broad range of themes that include socioeconomic disparities, racism, environmental and health related inequity and loss of culture. Through workshops and residencies, Milagro engages students from elementary through college to foster self-determination, wellness and cultural pride.
For the 2017 – 2018 Season of Teatro Milagro touring plays for K – 12 students, the focus is on health, identity, and the environment, encouraging students, to rise up and engage in their communities.
This coming spring of 2018 concludes the tour of Mijita Fridita, a play for K-8 audiences, which shares the story of a young Frida Kahlo and her struggles with polio and otherness. Also continuing through the school year, in partnership with Metro, is SUPER ANA! a 4th and 5th grade assembly focused on conscious consumerism. Through the fall of 2017, El Payaso, a play inspired by the work of Ben Linder in Nicaragua in the 80’s, will continue to tour to high schools and colleges across the country. Through partnerships with Clowns without Borders, Portland Jugglers, Friends of Trees and Verde, Milagro shares this inspiring story of environmental justice. This play is partnered with Milagro’s Arts of Science Curriculum that uses a STEAM approach to engage a whole school in a renaissance of learning.
In the spring Milagro will open Bi-, Inspired by the book Flatland, by Edwin Abbott, and set in the year 2089 in Tierra Plana, a new nation of squares, walls, and all sorts of boxes, Bi- will break open the boxes of selective classification. In Bi-, Ajai Terazzas Tripathi and the Teatro Milagro touring cast tell a tale of the spaces in between labels, and raise the question “What is your bi-dentity?” Biracial and multiracial Americans are growing at a rate three times as fast as the population as a whole, yet a Pew Research Center survey found that over half of multiracial people have reported that they have been subjected to racial slurs or jokes and have felt pressured to identify as a single race. Like multiracial people, bisexual and queer people face “unique stressors,” where they are oftentimes stereotyped and misunderstood, even within the LGBTQ population. In school residencies, Bi- is paired with Teatro Milagro’s UNIDAD curriculum in which students take theatrical workshops that address bullying, harassment, and student isolation by focusing on themes of identity, inclusion, and community support.
Bi- – January – November 2018
Bi- premieres January 12th on Milagro’s main stage and is available for national bookings throughout 2018. Bi- is paired with Teatro Milagro’s UNIDAD curriculum in which students take theatrical workshops that address bullying, harassment, and student isolation by focusing on themes of identity, inclusion, and community support.
Mijita Fridita – July 2017 – June 2018
Fridita escapes into her imagination and journeys to the center of the world for a fiesta with all the characters of her imaginings. Back in the real world, her peers taunt her for being different, but her father Guillermo awakens her interest in art with his love of photography. Performances are paired with Journeys curriculum.
El Payaso – Jan. – Nov. 2017
Honoring the late Ben Linder, environmental engineer and clown, this bilingual ecodrama follows the journey of a young Latino heading to Nicaragua for a chance to make a difference. El Payaso is a collaborative work of Latino theatre artists, Portland Jugglers, Clowns without Borders, Verde, the Ben Linder Scholarship Fund and Friends of Trees. Performances will be paired with the Art of Science environmental workshops and residencies.
SUPER ANA! – Sept. 2017 – June 2018
Ana is disparaged by her friends for not being fashionable or technology cool enough. At night Ana dreams of a consumer monster that attacks her old family things. She becomes “Super Ana”, battling the monster by giving it a swift lesson that saves her families treasures and the planet too. Sponsored by Metro.