In May, the students and staff at the Vincent Farm Elementary School will come together for a Ugandan Drum and Dance Assembly. This event, which was coordinated through the efforts of Hot Spots and Vincent Farm administrators and staff, was created to increase student knowledge of African Culture and to learn the importance of accepting others’ differences.

Prior to this event, 35 Hot Spots students will participate in a six-day residency, the culminating event of which will be two school-wide assemblies to showcase what the students have learned.  All the classrooms at Vincent Farms Elementary will then be encouraged to participate in the assemblies. This opportunity will give students the chance to experience and engage in the art form of another culture—one which that may not have been afforded to them without the collaborative efforts of Vincent Farm’s staff, Hot Spots and Young Audiences.

A variety of extension activities, which focus on accepting differences, will be provided to Vincent Farm’s teachers to supplement the information children are learning. An expected 10% of the classrooms at Vincent Farm will complete the extension activity. In addition, take home kits, which highlight various Ugandan instruments, will be provided for each student. It is expected that approximately 10% of students will complete the take home activity. Both activities serve as a way for students to extend the impact of and learning from the residency and the assemblies.

Hot Spots, in conjunction with Vincent Farm Elementary and Young Audiences, is excited to provide opportunities for community connection and outreach, as well as coordinate exciting learning experiences with schools dedicated to bringing after-school enrichment to their students.

To learn more about how you can plan a Hot Spots partnership event at your school, contact us today!