Trauma-Informed Arts Education for a Trauma-Informed Chicago (approved December 2019)
The Chicago Children’s Theatre (CCT) was founded in 2005 with the notion that a great theater city needs a great children’s theater. Nearly 15 years later, it has produced 20 world premieres, mostly from award-winning literary works. CCT has received six NEA Art Works grants, and in 2017 became the first theater for young audiences in the U.S. to win a National Theatre Award from the American Theatre Wing, creators of the Tony Awards. CCT also continues to grow its education programs, offering classes, workshops, winter and spring break camps, and summer camps for children up to age 13.
“Trauma-Informed Arts Education” is a collaborative approach to discussing and delivering high-quality support services for families experiencing trauma and its residual effects. CCT’s primary partner for this project is Lurie’s Center for Childhood Resilience. The initiative includes discussion sessions, a public forum, and workshops, all with the goal of creating a network of arts organizations and arts educators who are trauma-informed and draw upon the same strategies, best practices, curricula and methodologies.