In Fall of 2017, Z Puppets begins our sixth year of partnering with Moreland Arts & Health Sciences to embed our innovative arts & mindfulness program, Monkey Mind Pirates, into the school community.
Funded by a grant from the MN State Arts Board's Arts Learning Program and the Arts & Cultural Heritage Legacy Amendment, Moreland is able to bring Z Puppets into all Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classrooms, 3rd and 4th grade after school and summer programs, Special Education classrooms, Professional Development for educators, parent and family workshops, and community events.
PROGRAMS AT MORELAND
Kindergarten & Special Education:
Z Puppets artists teach students the fundamental building blocks of theater, mindfulness, and yoga through the characters and songs of Monkey Mind Pirates. Skills covered include impulse control, spatial awareness, emotional self awareness and regulation, basic health standards, and theater standards. Watch videos of our work here!
Students in the Fall semester learn to create shadow puppet monkeys to represent the things that keep them from finding calm. They also take regular Adventures to Calm where they practice basic yoga poses and guided meditations. In the Spring, students create shadow puppet videos to bring to life songs written by 2nd graders. Watch videos or listen to their audio clips here!
Students create ibooks describing the Monkeys that keep them and their classrooms from Calm, and explore ways to tame these monkeys, using yoga and mindfulness techniques they practice in each Z Puppets session. They also write and professionally record their own songs describing the Monkeys they uncover. Watch videos or listen to their audio clips here!
Third & fourth grade:
Students have the opportunity to participate in after-school and summer programs to explore deeper the worlds of music, visual art, mindfulness and yoga. Watch videos of our work here!
parents and families
Moreland families participate in evening workshops in puppetry and music, and then perform alongside Z Puppets artists in public performances.
TEACHERS AND PROFESSIONALS
Z Puppets created an Arts Integration team of artists to coach Moreland teachers towards their goal of Arts Integration. Read our report of Arts Integration at Moreland here.
MORELAND PHOTO GALLERY
Mini-Documentary of Z Puppets at Moreland:
Example Shadow Puppet Video form 2nd Grade:
Kindergarten and Special Education
3rd and 4th Grade
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MONKEY MIND PIRATES IN THE NEWS!
Learn more about Monkey Mind Pirates, our past performances and residencies by reading below!