Cocoon has worked with public schools in Dutchess, Ulster and Columbia counties, teaching performing and visual arts workshops, culminating with live student performances and/or gallery showings, often based on school curriculum.
Plays in Public Schools:
The Halloween Project
The Pilgrim Story
Part I: Holland
Part II: The Boat Trip
Part III: The First Year
Part IV: Settlement
A Whale of a Tale
The Great Ship Down - A story about the survivors of the Titanic
The Egyptian Cinderella
The Great Molasses Adventure
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
The Friendly Giant
Brother Eagle, Sister Sky
The Beluga Problem
The Chalk Garden
Where We Stand
Atalanta and the Golden Apples
The Olympics are in China
Do You Want to be a Fish?
Our Fields of War
The Civil War & Geology
Mama, I See America
The Winds of Change
Art From the Gut
Once Upon Our History
Paper Mache & Dance
Hyde Park Programs:
Cocoon began the Student Portrait Residency in 2009 in the Hyde Park Public School District, teaching 5th graders portraiture, as well as drawing individual portraits of the students. For its 6th year now, Cocoon has been scheduled to work in Hyde Park’s Summer Bridge Program and Performing Arts Residency, creating art and movement performances. This program includes a Special Needs Student component.
2013-14: 5th grade Student Portrait Residency serving 279 students in 4 elementary schools.
2013: Summer Bridge Program focused on ‘Community as a Theme.’ Students designed and rehearsed for 4 weeks and performed for family and friends.
2012-13: Student Portrait Residency served 50 Haviland Middle School Studio Art students and 120 5th grade students at Violet Avenue and R.R. Smith Elementary Schools.
2012: Summer Bridge Program theme ‘The Fair.’
2011-12: Student Portrait Residency at all 5 elementary schools in Hyde Park, serving a total number of 270 students.
2011: Summer Bridge Program theme ‘Animal Habitats.’
2011: Performing Arts Residency theme ‘Book.’
2010: Performing Arts Residency for 3rd grade students in 2 classrooms, culminated with an assembly performance of a play entitled ‘Bookworms.’
2010: Summer Bridge Program ‘The Olympics’ serving 30 students.
2009: Performing Arts Residency presenting ‘The Civil War and Geology’ serving 50 students.
2009: Performing Arts Residency at Netherwood Elementary School theme ‘Immigration’ serving 50 students.
2009: Summer Bridge Program focused on students’ creative drawing, singing, and dancing, serving 20 special needs students.