Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Red Eagle Soaring
Partner Type
Organization
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
Red Eagle Soaring is a Seattle based nonprofit 501(c)(3) ensuring youth access to Native arts and culture; our mission is "to empower American Indian and Alaska Native youth to express themselves with confidence and clarity through traditional and contemporary performing arts." Our year-round programming is always free and includes a touring spring musical; summer theatre residencies in tribal communities; a two-week performing arts camp held at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Seattle's Discovery Park; and in-school, after-school, and out-of-school theatre programs during the academic year. In bringing together youth to learn not just about the technical aspects and process of theatre, but also to build a community of people interested in learning about and sharing Native artistic traditions, Red Eagle Soaring is empowering youth to express themselves, take creative action on the issues that affect their lives, and sustain their cultural heritage - and promoting a broader understanding of Native arts, culture, and knowledge systems.

Contact Information

First Name
Russell
Last Name
Brooks
Address
PO Box 20175
Address 2
City
Seattle
State
WA
Zip
98102
Phone
206-595-7553

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Type
Traditional Native American singing, drumming, dancing, storytelling, and visual arts integrated with contemporary theatre and performing arts (music, dance, drama, spoken word).
Discipline
Theater, Multidisciplinary

Experience

Previous School Partnerships
Other Trainings or Certifications
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
No
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Yes
Experience with English Language Learners
None
Experience with Students in Special Education
None

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
Red Eagle Soaring promotes active, experiential learning; an integrated inquiry into Native art, culture, science, and history; and an understanding of the connection between art and social justice. We believe in the power of art to engage students in critical thinking, build community, and promote positive social change.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Native arts are an ideal vehicle for an integrated inquiry into art, culture, history, government, environmental sciences, and media literacy. Red Eagle Soaring programming has produced stage productions that engage audiences in learning about science, history, and government from a Native perspective, and we are currently being funded by the National Science Foundation to engage audiences in learning about climate change impacts and Indigenous Knowledge Systems.
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
Red Eagle Soaring teaching artists are experienced in working with a diverse student body, including those with Special Education needs, foster children, and those handicapped by a belief that they aren't artistic or creative.
Testimonials from Schools
Dr. Megan Bang (Ojibwe), Professor of Learning Sciences, College of Education, University of Washington (mbang3@uw.edu) Shana Brown (Yakama), Seattle Public School District Middle School Teacher, Since Time Immemorial Curriculum Trainer for OSPI (srbrown@seattleschools.org) Roger Fernandes (Lower Elwha Klallam), Artist and Storyteller (rbfernandes@juno.com) Lena Jones (Tulalip), Hibulb Cultural Center (lejones@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov)

Fees

Fees

Images

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Poster for The Rememberer, a play by Steven Deitz based on a memoir by Joyce Simmons Cheeka, a member of the Squaxin Tribe who was forced to attend and grew up in the Tulalip Indian Training School.
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Poster for As Long As The Rivers Run, a musical based on the traditional Northwest Coastal story of Salmon Boy, telling the story of the Northwest Native fishing rights struggle and the fight to save salmon.
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Poster for Qawks, a satirical re-telling of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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Poster for Zombie PowWow, a musical comedy about Indian activism... and zombies.
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Poster for Slapoo, a musical climate change allegory performed on August 16th, 2014 at EMP Museum.

Video

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Behind-the-scenes-making-of Red Eagle Soaring's SIYAP 2013 production of As Long As The Rivers Run at EMP Museum.
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Created by Red Eagle Soaring youth with RES Teaching Artist and alumni Dallas Pinkham; a promotional trailer for our original stage production of I AM ALIVE. June 2013
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