Visit Open Studios at Arlington Center for the Arts and while you are there, stop by the cafe on the second floor from noon to 4 pm. The cafe will be run by two teen supporters of The Children's Room to benefit our programs! Here are the details: Open Studios @ Arlington Center for the Arts - featuring 80 artists and fine crafters 41 Foster Street, Arlington (free parking) Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19 from noon to 5 pm each day. Arlington Center for the Arts and The Children's Room collaborate on many projects. ACA holds art classes at our Arlington HQ (conveniently located near the middle school); they have hosted our art work in their galleries; and our Teen Performance Troupe loves their theater. Every community should be so lucky to have a program like the ACA! Sneak preview of some of the art is available here.
After a wonderful season of about a dozen performances, The Children’s Room Teen Performance Troupe presented its final show for the season and the final (for now!) show with their talented troupe leader: Shelly Steward. In the audience were friends and family members of each of the six performers. The teens performed to over fifty people. The performance was the culmination of a year long process of recruiting performers and working on their skits. Three of the six performers will be graduating from high school this year and heading to college. For those whose performance was to be their last, they wanted to make sure that it was their best performance. The skits were full of energy and memories and the audience loved every minute. […]
Another successful season of our The Children's Room Teen Performance Troupe is coming to a close. Join us to celebrate this great show, our great performers and Shelly Steward our talented troupe leader who is graduating from college and headed off to Teach for America. The final performance is Saturday, May 31, 2008 from 4 pm to 6pm at the Kraft Theater at Belmont Hill School. We thank Belmont Hill School for generously donating the use of the theater and their staff. We are proud of our Performance Troupe for sharing their experiences of being a grieving teen. They are an inspiration to us all.
April 13 to 20, 2008 is the first ever National College Student Grief Awareness Week. We are pleased to promote awareness around the difficulties that college students face when someone close to them dies. Watch this video about the founder of National Students of Ailing Mothers and Fathers Support Network (AMF). Visit their website for good resources especially for college students.
In the category: "I wish someone had told me". We spent some time recently with a mom whose teenager died, and I was reminded of this wonderful article about how the simplest things in life can be difficult. "Mrs. Buttersworth" is a short story that has been featured in The Compassionate Friends newsletter and elsewhere. A mom writes about how hard it was to go to the grocery store after her son's death.
Our Teen Performance Troupe Premiere! was fantastic! Our group of teens have come together to create a wonderful, powerful show that tells what it's like to be a grieving teen and how family and friends can help. The teens are getting ready to take this show on the road with performances through May.