Care and Creativity

Imaginary Communities Vignette’s

These beautiful vingettes have been produced by our evaluator Dr Becky Parry and illustrated by our design and illustration lead Ruth Dyer. They are an experimentation of storytelling, creative writing and illustration as tools to help us reflect on the impact of our work. Through these mediums, we explore how our unique pedagogies create moments where children take the lead in shaping…

Making Time (as an act of care)

Making Time: Evaluation blog by Dr Becky Parry, an independent arts educator and the arts evaluation partner for Chol. What is an act of care? The answer to this question may seem simple, but Chol have been asking questions about care in the evaluation of their practice as equal playmakers in Imaginary Communities (IC). Much of the focus of this work has…

Children Caring Powerfully: Agency in Imaginary Communities

Children Caring Powerfully: Agency in Imaginary Communities – by Dr Becky Parry This blog is exploratory and the ideas are ‘in development’, but they were inspired by discussions with Imaginary Communities (IC) practitioners as part of the evaluation of the second year of the residency programme, funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation.  Creating manifestos for embedding care At our Care and Creativity:…

Imaginary Teachers’ Club

What is the Imaginary Teachers’ Club? This year we are launching a brand-new programme, the ‘Imaginary Teachers’ Club‘. This is a unique initiative which supports all teachers who have worked with an Imaginary Communities artist before (regardless of whether you have moved schools since we have worked together or not), to continue to develop their creative practice and expertise. We recognise the…

Chol enters Year 2 of the Empowering Voice project

We are delighted to be back in Bowling Park school working across their two sites, to kickstart Year 2 of the Empowering Voice project. The project, run by Story Makers Company at Leeds Beckett University, has been developed alongside Bowling Park Primary and the BD5 network and looks at building children’s oracy and communication skills through drama.  Co-Director Jess is the lead…

Care in Imaginary Communities and the Role of the Teacher

By Dr Becky Parry, Evaluation Partner for Chol As part of my role as evaluation partner for Chol Theatre I had the opportunity to observe an Imaginary Communities session at King’s Oak Primary Learning Centre in Wombwell in Barnsley. Lauren, the lead practitioner, had carefully developed her IC approach to respond to the literacy curriculum and support children’s descriptive writing. The children…

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