Congratulations to Bethune Elementary School of the Arts drama teacher, Nerissa Street, for selection by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education as one of four recipients of the Hermitage Artist Retreat's annual summer program State Teacher Artist Residencies (STARs).
Created by Hermitage Artist Retreat, Inc. and the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, the STARs program nourishes the artist within the hundreds of art teachers working the Florida public school system. Open each year to four to five teachers of any artistic discipline, recipients receive a four-week residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat's beachfront campus on Manasota Key in Englewood, Florida where they live and work without deadlines or assignments as artists working on their craft.
This last school year Street directed 110 third, fourth and fifth grade students in a theatrical adaptation titled "Alice @ Wonderland" at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. "During my residency," says Street, "I'll be researching and writing about how the principles of storytelling and theater can transform environments and with the environment, the people in them. Environment influences learning, and I want to give even my most impoverished students the power to change theirs."