A FAERY HUNT exposes elementary school youths to developmentally targeted activities through the arts. Engaging youth as participants and presenting a staged production, A FAERY HUNT provides a profound and experiential learning experience. Engaging youth through a holistic approach, the program cultivates self−esteem, interpersonal and leadership skills using theatrical arts as a vehicle. The objective is to use the arts as a gentle, entertaining, fun and effective means of having a measurable impact in the growth and development of youth. The program also carries simple but often forgotten uplifting life messages including kindness, forgiveness, respect, ecological responsibility and tolerance. The project fosters positive ethical and moral elements at an early age. A FAERY HUNT encourages exposure to affirming activities in an effort to cultivate long−term, positive growth that will have a life−long effect.
A FAERY HUNT’s project objectives include a tour to local elementary schools and community centers. Through active participation and an interactive performance with professional actors, the project is aligned in accordance with the Guiding Principals of the Arts Content Standards. A developmentally targeted activity book offers an extension of the theatrical experience with before and after on−going activities. The activity book assists the teaching staff with fun projects that are sure to entertain and inspire the imaginations of elementary children of all ages and encourages hands−on theater arts and communication skills.
A FAERY HUNT makes this curriculum available to those who may not otherwise have the financial resources to access critical programming in the arts. The School Program also opens up a dialogue between the children of the inner cities with the children of the financially affluent. This channel of communication is designed to help create a window into each other’s lives.
Other programs include our hospital visits. For three years, A FAERY HUNT has created the “Bedside Faery Program” for Northridge Medical Hospital in Northridge, CA. A part of the Spiritual Care Department, the faeries make weekly visits to the children in the Pediatric ICU and Pediatric Ward bringing stories, songs, laughter and smiles to youths stricken with sometimes life−threatening diseases. The families of the ill youth also benefit from having a moment to smile through often difficult and challenging times. The “Bedside Faery Program” is a free program offered to hospitals purely on a volunteer basis by A FAERY HUNT. Your grant will help us continue our weekly Bedside Faery Program and continue to offer it to other facilities.
A FAERY HUNT is available to additional children’s advocacy groups in the community. Partners and affiliates of A FAERY HUNT include Northridge Hospital Medical Center, The Special Olympics, The Children’s Nature Institute, Los Angeles Shriners Hospital for Children, The Los Angeles Public Library, Kid to Kid − an organization supporting autistic children; Project Safe, part of First 5 LA, improving the lives of young children and families throughout Los Angeles; many home school and mom’s groups; several Chamber of Commerce’s yearly festivals focusing on children; The Epilepsy Family Camp; The Down Syndrome Society of Los Angeles; HNBA events (Humanitarian Neighborhood Basketball Alliance) at the Staple Center; and are recommended by CASA − the court−appointed advocates for juvenile court in Ventura, among many others. A FAERY HUNT has created a scouting badge for The Girl Scouts of America, which is currently being distributed among over 60 troops in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties as well as countless troops nationwide.