Connect your Classroom Curriculum to the Soul of American Culture!
The Apollo’s School Programs are designed to fit within the needs of your school community. Our programs highlight the rich history of the Apollo and its connection to Harlem and African American culture, while also providing engagement in music, dance, and theater. Apollo School Programs are inquiry-based, interactive, interdisciplinary, and connect to both the Common Core State Standards in ELA/Social Studies and the New York City Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.
Workshops and Residencies
Workshops and Residencies offer an array of in-school workshops in dance, theater, and music each led by an Apollo Teaching Artist. All workshops can be extended to a residency series. Residencies aim to meaningfully relate the arts to classroom subject areas over several weeks.
In-School Career Seminars
In-School Career Seminars (ISCS) offer students the opportunity to interact with business and creative professionals from the performing arts and entertainment industries. Seminars take place on-site at selected high schools and focus on such topics as marketing and public relations, entertainment law, artist management and technical production. Students are engaged through small group and project-based learning activities and gain insight into behind-the-scenes careers.
Seminars are offered free of charge to schools but require an application.
Our professional learning activities provide educators with a number of exciting strategies for engaging students in interdisciplinary study of the Arts, ELA, and Social Studies and a variety of resources to connect the rich history of the Apollo, Harlem, the arts, and entertainment to classroom subject areas.
Oral History Project
The Apollo Theater Oral History Project, OHP, grew out of a larger initiative undertaken in 2006 to capture the oral histories of Apollo “history-makers” and others pertinent to the development of the Theater over the course of its history. At C.S. 154, The Harriet Tubman Learning Center, 4th and 5th graders learn how to conduct oral history interviews of elders from the Harlem community. At Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts, 11th graders learn to document oral history interviews using video. A cornerstone of the OHP is the connection between oral history, the humanities, and the arts, all of which are addressed in the curriculum.