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 adding mindfulness activities to CTC’s Early Bridges program, a curriculum of play-based activities involving story-telling, music, and movement for children experiencing toxic stress. Because the preschool period is a time of rapid development of executive function skills, CTC will use preschool theater arts training as a vehicle for the development of mindfulness, which enhances these skills. A mindfulness consultant will train teaching artists and classroom teachers in these techniques, with the goal of supporting children in relieving stress and healing from trauma.