SoBro Summer Programs Photo Blog – Part 1

This summer, Arts For All provided arts programming for middle school and elementary school students as part of the SoBro summer programs.  Teaching Artists were Carly McCollow, Darian Dauchan, Vidho Lorville, Maya Suess, and Leslie Saint-Jour. This is part one: Carly, Darian, and Maya!


I’m working with a class of 7th graders and a second group of 5-8th grade boys doing some basic playwriting exercises with documentary theater.

Carly 1 On the first day, I asked the students what they knew about plays, and responses were “kings and queens” and “Shakespeare.” I’m showing them all the other kinds of plays being written in modern theater, especially in interview-based documentary theater.

 Carly 4


In the SoBro Spoken Word/Poetry class, students were introduced via multimedia to various “types” of poems that are popular and often used in the Spoken Word community, such as  Anaphora poems, Haikus, Group Pieces, and more.

Darian 7

Group games were played to highlight the performance aspect of performance poetry when used in reciting and delivering their poems.

Darian 1

After watching the animated short The Fantastic Voyage of Billy The Bullet as an example of a Personification Poem, one of the students named Bryan wrote a wonderful poem about a medieval sword that was suffering from an identity crisis.


This summer at the SoBro day camp, kids between Kindergarten and 3rd grade are practicing their collaboration skills by making art in groups, and expressing themselves through drawing.

Maya Sobro 2

Today we made “wish flags” based on traditional Tibetan prayer flags. The students drew and wrote about things that make them happy or that they wish for themselves, their families or their community. Each student artist used multiple pieces of brightly colored paper and covered both sides with words and images. The flags now hang across the SoBro hallway, and share their wishes with everyone who walks past.

Maya Wish Flags

Maya Sobro 1


Check next week for Part 2: Vidho and Leslie!

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