Arts In Education
Since 1997 Golden Isles Arts & Humanities has sponsored and coordinated in-school arts programs in all 10 elementary schools and all 4 middle schools in the Glynn County School System. Annually we reach an average of 9000 students in the area through booking professional performing, literary and visual artists for performances, workshops, and residencies at no cost to the school.
Teachers and schools are encouraged to submit a request early in the school year as these programs are offered on a first come, first serve basis. All programs must connect to specific community projects (like The Big Read) or specific curriculum.
Golden Isles Arts & Humanities offers field trips to see live theatrical productions at the Historic Ritz Theatre each school year. For 2021-22, three shows will be offered: A Christmas Carol (December 2021), Heroes of the Underground Railroad (February 2022) and Aesop’s Fables (May 2022). Custom resource guides are provided for each production. Field trip tickets are only $5/seat.
The Middle Read-Little Read
In conjunction with The Big Read, our community-wide reading initiative reaches all ages through The Middle and Little Read by including two companion books appropriate for young and middle grade readers. Free copies of all three selected books, as well as support materials and programs for teachers, will be distributed at no cost to Glynn County Public schools.
2022 NEA Big Read Selections:
Big Read: Beloved by Toni Morrison
Middle Read: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Little Read: Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold
Middle Read Resources:
Elijah of Buxton
Discussion Guide: Christopher Paul Curtis’s Buxton Novels
Little Read Resources:
Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky Teacher’s Guide
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Young Writers’ Awards
Young Playwrights Award
Annual playwriting competition open to all Glynn county middle school students (public and private). Through early November, free workshops are offered to all middle schools to review story structure, adapting narratives, and introduce students to basic playwriting. The deadline to enter a play is Friday, November 19, 2021. The top three plays will have two working sessions with theatre professionals in January 2022 for revisions and a public reading with presentation of awards on January 27, 2022.
Young Poets Award
Annual poetry writing competition open to all Glynn County high school students (public and private). One winner in each grade level will be chosen and awarded a cash prize plus local publication of the winning poem. This year’s theme is "Community.” Poems are due on February 25, 2022.
Summer Film & Theatre Camps
The summer bursts with energy as young people explore and learn about filmmaking and theatre. Camps are available for youth ages 6-18!Summer Camp Information and Registration Form
Student Art can often be found on the walls of the Ritz Gallery to showcase the creativity of our young people. Two exhibits exclusively showcase student work: the Annual Student Art Show in December and the winners of the PTA Reflections contest in March. Our open call community art exhibits often feature student work alongside local and professional artists. This year look for student work in the Re/Up-cycled Trash Art Exhibit and The Big Read exhibit. In addition, we annually showcase the work of those who are teaching our students in the Art Teachers Art Exhibit on display in August and September to welcome in the new school year.
Scholarships and Awards
The Roberta Born Scholarship is an annual scholarship supporting one rising high school senior, graduating senior or college student exhibiting a passion and dedication to the arts. Applications are due May 27, 2022. The scholarship is named in honor of Roberta Born, a Golden Isles Arts & Humanities board member and educator who had a strong understanding of the importance of the arts and the arts in education.
Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Excellence in the Arts & Humanities Award recognizes one stand-out student in each school for exemplary work in either the arts or humanities. The faculty nominated student will be honored during the school’s honors program at the end of the school year. Nomination forms will be sent to each school in April.
PLAYREADERS – The Book Club for Readers of Plays!
PlayReaders, is our book club focused on reading and discussing a variety of plays and is open to all experience levels. Whether you are hooked on drama or have never read a script before, this is a fun and lively discussion group that explores works by great playwrights. PlayReaders meets once a month September – May on Zoom.