Arts as Outreach
In keeping with our Jesuit Mission, Fairfield Prep students serve our local communities in many ways — including the arts. Below is a snapshot of some recent examples.
Our collaboration with St. Raphel's students began when we went to perform what is called an Idea Storm. This is an improv based performance that models for the students the elements that make a story work: interesting characters, compelling challenges and a beginning, a middle and an end. With the help of the third graders that day, the Players created the tale of Waffles the Lego Building and his best friend Sam the Shark as they journeyed the ocean to discover how to become the ice cream man. After our performance, the ensemble went into the third grade class to guide them as they wrote stories of their own.
When the third graders had finished their stories, they sent all of them to us. The Players went through them and wrote each student a note personal note highlighting what they liked about the piece. Then as a group we selected eight of the stories to turn into short plays. From here we took on the process of bringing the endless imagination of the third graders to life. The Players very much took the lead in this process – bouncing ideas off of one another and spending a lot of time finding their way through improv. It has involved at lot of creativity, energy and experimentation balanced with staying true to the intentions of the stories the students wrote.
Fairfield Prep’s Red Chair was designed by the school's Art Club to raise awareness of the root causes of the lack of educational access. Because The Red Chair serves as a figurative symbol of the millions of children who, literally, do not have a seat in a classroom, Prep conducted an awareness campaign through May 1, 2018, The Red Chair will circulate into a different classroom, and will never be occupied.
Mrs. Kathleen Jackson spoke on behalf of the project: "The hope with this Red Chair Project is that it will create a stage for your young inspiring minds to make the important links putting fresh ideas to work in the real world. So, how do we overcome all the obstacles, the nay-sayers, the pessimism? You start with an attitude of gratitude, an appreciation so deep that it drives you to help those who can’t help themselves. So thankful an attitude that you feel it your duty & moral obligation to speak out for those with no voice, to stand up for those being oppressed, to innovate in order to make the world a better place!"