Legacy Program: Residency

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LPC6: A Teacher's Perspective

Math & Science Exploratory School drama teacher, Noelle Gentile, talks about the impact the LP: Residency has had on her and the school community.

LP: Residency Cycle (5) Five

The students of the Legacy Program: Residency Cycle (5) Five at the William Alexander Middle School 51 in Brooklyn, NY.

ancestry.  Then the participants, meeting every week, under the guidance of 2 teaching artist facilitators, use arts techniques to explore themes of ancestry, legacy, racism and identity. Participants engage a project based curriculum where they use their research, observations, explorations and imagination to collaboratively devise original, ensemble-driven art work, which the students present at the culmination of the program cycle for an audience of family, friends, peers and community.  The participants also visit professional productions and/or exhibitions to support their development.  After the culminating showcase, participants are able to engage in the Ancestral Revelation Ceremony where they receive and celebrate their ancestry test results.  Currently, The Legacy Program: Residency is offered in the theatre arts.  In the future, it will be offered in multiple arts disciplines.  The Legacy Program: Residency is offered for people in middle school, high school, and adult levels.

The Legacy Program: Residency is a personal development initiative in which participants synthesize the exploration of their genealogy and ancestry into a collaboratively devised, art-driven showcase of self-discovery.  At the close of their showcase, participants receive the results of their African ancestry DNA test, thus learning the place of either their maternal or paternal African ancestry for the first time. 
     During the youth Residency, 8-12 students are selected to participate in the program.  At the onset of each cycle, the students take a genetic ancestry test and hypothesize their probable place of African

LPC8: Culminating Showcase (FULL)

The culminating showcase at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company after a special 2-week LP: Residency done with high school students at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

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LP: Residency Cycle (6) Six

The students of the Legacy Program: Residency Cycle (6) Six at the Math & Science Exploratory School in Brooklyn, NY.

LPC5 Field trip to see SEED

The Legacy Program: Residency Cycle (5) Five respond to their trip to the National Black Theatre to see Classical Theatre of Harlem/Hip Hop Theater Festival's world premiere production of Radha Blank's play SEED.

LPC1: Alumni Profile

The Legacy Program: Residency Cycle (1) One Alumni return to MS51 to talk about the impact of the program on their lives.

LP: Residency Cycle (4) Four

The students of the Legacy Program: Residency Cycle (4) Four at the William Alexander Middle School 51 in Brooklyn, NY.

LPC1: Alumna Profile

The Legacy Program: Residency Cycle (1) One Alumna returns to MS51 to talks about the impact of the program on her life.

LPC1: Alumni Profile

The Legacy Program: Residency Cycle (1) One Alumni returns to MS51 to talk about the impact of the program on his life.

LP: Residency Cycle (3) Three

The students of the Legacy Program: Residency Cycle (5) Five at the William Alexander Middle School 51 in Brooklyn, NY.

LP: Residency Cycle (2) Two

The students of the Legacy Program: Residency Cycle (2) Two at the William Alexander Middle School 51 in Brooklyn, NY.

LP: Residency Cycle (1) One

The students of the Legacy Program: Residency Cycle (1) One at the William Alexander Middle School 51 in Brooklyn, NY.

LPC2: A Facilitator Perspective

The Legacy Program: Residency Cycle (2) Two Facilitator Dominique Morisseau talks about her experience taking the African Ancestry MatriClan test.