Our mission is to strengthen the vitality of communities with school-based projects that bring people together, activate their creativity and amplify their voices.
Creative Communities are Thriving Communities.
That powerful truism is the guiding force behind the work of the CEL. The CEL helps schools and communities deepen their connections to each other and build more creative and thriving partnerships.
Founded in 2011, the Community Engagement Lab is a leader in putting creativity at the center of learning. Our goal is for all Pre-K12 students to have the creative and critical thinking skills they need to succeed in school and life.
This includes our teacher institute, Creative Curriculum From The Inside Out, which is a ten-month learning, planning and programming sequence for PreK-12 teachers who want to integrate a creative project into their core curriculum subjects.
We also host the two-day Creative Learning Forum. The Forum brings together national leaders in arts integration, Vermont education leaders and expanded learning providers to develop new ways to use creative engagement to advance personalized learning. The 2016 Forum was attended by 95 educators and expanded learning providers from across Vermont.
The Creative Schools Initiative
For the 2016-17 school year, we are working in 15 schools in 5 counties, from the Northeast Kingdom to Brattleboro. Schools served by Creatives Schools Initiative professional development and in-school teaching artist residencies have included:
Thatcher Brook Primary School
Learn more about these CSI projects in the Project Archive.
Invite your school to get involved. Attend a public performance. Invest in our work. You can help grow the number of high quality creative opportunities for Vermont’s children, youth and communities.