Children’s Theatre Company

Focus Area: Early Childhood

Grant Amount: $10,000

Located in South Minneapolis. CTC is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed theatre for young people and serving nearly 275,000 attendees annually. CTC’s engagement and learning programs annually serve more than 85,000 young people and their communities through Theatre Arts Training, student matinees, Neighborhood Bridges, and early childhood arts education programs.

Grant supports continuing a revised version of CTC’s Early Bridges program at Rondo, St. Paul Public School’s first Early Learning Hub, and adding Benjamin E. Mays Elementary, also in the Rondo neighborhood. Early Bridges is a curriculum of play-based activities involving story-telling, music, and movement for children experiencing toxic stress. The revisions will be based on stories collected from Rondo elders, and teachers will receive training on cultural competency.