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National Arts in Education Week 2017

Arts in education is worth celebrating! This week (9/10-9/17/2017) is National Arts in Education week – a great time to reflect on the impact of the arts on children across the country. But arts education has also changed the lives and work of the artists that foster learning experiences. Hear how educational experiences have shaped …read more

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“An Opera is a Story” with Toledo Opera

Opera Ignite is proud to collaborate with Toledo Opera to bring opera to preschoolers! “An Opera is a Story” is a classroom residency program that engages children ages 3-5 in early literacy and cognitive skills by exploring famous operas. In 2015, the children explored the opera Hansel and Gretel. As they sang and danced with the characters, …read more

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Reflections of India

The arts create a bridge between cultures. Opera Ignite’s Founding Director, Christina Farrell traveled to Rajkot, India in October 2015 as a teaching artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. During the residency, the classroom teachers learned drama, music and movement skills to support their students’ academic and cognitive growth. Christina …read more

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International Arts Adventures

2015 is an exciting year for Opera Ignite’s Founding Director, Christina Farrell! Christina worked in Singapore from June 21-July 5 on behalf of the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. Along with Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artists, Paige Hernandez and Terlene Terry-Todd, Christina led professional development sessions for early childhood teachers, teaching …read more

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PNC Circle of Excellence Conference

What are the most important skills you bring to your job? Creativity? Critical Thinking? Communication? Collaboration? On June 9, Christina Farrell was a featured presenter at the PNC Circle of Excellence Conference in Tampa, FL where she described how Opera Ignite helps preschoolers develop these critical 21st century skills through Arts-integrated STEAM programs supported by PNC …read more

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Theater for the Very Young

What do babies get out of theater? Opera Ignite’s Founding Director, Christina Farrell, shared insights about theater for the very young with WESA’s Erika Beras. “Children that age are exploring the world through all of their senses,” Farrell said. “They don’t have the language capabilities yet, so they explore through touch, through sound, by moving through …read more