Enhancing Artistic

Writing in the Schools  

Tami Haaland, Director

Elementary Program

Elementary school students receive 12 weekly in-class instruction days by guest writing teachers provided by AWB. Each student creates a portfolio of poems. The program culminates with a poetry reading for students and parents. AWB publishes an anthology of poems from these young authors.

High School Program

High school students participating in Art Club, Drama Club, Poetry Club, the Native American Club or Jazz Club come together under the direction of local poet Dave Caserio to create written material for a collaborative art project. Each year the project takes on a different theme, often focusing on diversity and community. 

2015-2016 Project: "Worlds Apart, But Not Strangers"

"Worlds Apart But Not Strangers" is an original collaborative theatre piece, which premiered in April of 2016. The play was written by over 150 Senior High Students, crafted into a script by Dave Caserio of Arts Without Boundaries, and brought to life by the Senior High Drama Department, under the direction of Margo McCallum. Featured performers include Selina Clayton, Wyatt D'aigneau, Jesc Gallegos, Sophia Heilman, Grace Hodges, Kylie Rosier, Kaden Sterkenburg, Mary Thompson, Brianna West, Magnolia West, and Kalysta Yale. Choreography was by Valeria Heinemann. The play was designed to help students discover their own voices, examine cultural similarities, and to experience connections as they find their own place in the world.

The play has been selected to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August of 2017.

Worlds Apart but Not Strangers from Life's Fast on Vimeo.

2014-2015 Project: "Living in Crow Country" sponsored by Steve and Missy Langlas

Billings nonprofit to help at-risk kids now offering writing class as part of life skills program

By Matt Hudson

Local poet Dave Caserio brainstormed with seven members of his class Wednesday at Tumbleweed.

The topics of the class are open-ended thought experiments. This week, the fourth of 12 in the program, focused on names.

"Names can be changed," Caserio said, considering the idea of monikers. "We change them on our own."

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