- Technical rider for schools
- Digging Up Arkansas Performance Guide
- Teacher resources
- Digging Up Arkansas facebook page
Educational, Engaging, Enlightening! These three adjectives describe Digging Up Arkansas! to a "T". Old High Middle School students and teachers didn't even realize they were learning as four professional actors took them on a journey around the state and masterfully taught the history of Arkansas. This is a must-see presentation of the highest caliber.
Mary Cabrera, Old High Middle School, Bentonville
People at the Arkansas Post shared their ideas and stories. Their cooperation was how they worked together. People in Arkansas had a sense of humor.
5th grade student, Mrs. Norton’s Class at The New School
Many generous donors, sponsors and grantors have contributed to theDigging Up Arkansas project. We are incredibly grateful to the following for their support and interest in providing outstanding arts education opportunities to the students of Arkansas.
- Arkansas Community Foundation
- Department of Arkansas Heritage – Arkansas Heritage Month
- Murphy Foundation
- Windgate Charitable Foundation
- Nabholz Construction Services
- Northwest Arkansas Economic Development Dist. - Rep. Greg Leding
- Target Foundation
- Western Arkansas Planning & Development District – Representative Charlene Fite
- Shipley Motor Company
- Bob & Becky Alexander
- Wade Burnside
- Jon & Joanie Dyer
- Ken & RuAnn Ewing
- Fred & Barbara Frye
- Murray & Judy Harris
- Ann & Morris Henry
- Eddie & Retta Hight
- Rich & Kristin Kley
- Greg & Hannah Lee
- Carroll & Evelyn Marbury
- Bob & Linda McMath
- Steve & Linda Nelson
- Andre & Marie Nolewajka
- Robert & Susan Patton
- Tom & Susan Schallhorn
- 2012-13 Season Sponsor – Walmart/Sam’s Club
The spring 2013 Digging Up Arkansas tour is complete!. To request the play for your students in Fall 2013 please email email@example.com. For technical information about the tour, click here.
About Digging Up Arkansas
When teachers said that engaging students in Arkansas history was difficult, Walton Arts Center worked to help. We knew that the arts could make the facts relevant, help students form enduring understandings, and inspire students to care about our state’s history. Walton Arts Center’s Learning team worked with Northwest Arkansas artists, playwright and educator Mike Thomas and Trike Theatre of Bentonville to create Digging up Arkansas, a play about three writers from the Federal Writer’s Project who invite students to explore and organize historical artifacts before President Roosevelt’s scheduled arrival in Arkansas. The writers unearth Arkansas mysteries and demonstrate how communication, cooperation, courage and culture have shaped our state history.
Digging up Arkansas is a state-wide effort to support student achievement through arts learning. In addition to providing performances for children in grades 3rd through 5th, the Digging up Arkansas project helps teachers improve the teaching of Arkansas history by providing online resources. In partnership with the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project, Digging up Arkansas lesson plans were developed. The lessons provide pre and post performance activities for teachers to implement in the classroom to deepen student understanding of Arkansas history and support student achievement in literacy.
This fall Digging up Arkansas will play in schools throughout northwest, northeast, central, south and southwest Arkansas, reaching 6,500 students. Throughout its three years of touring, Digging Up Arkansas has reached more than 30,000 students total. Plans are underway to extend the tour in upcoming years.
Digging Up Arkansas Partners
Trike Theatre (www.triketheatre.org), Northwest Arkansas’ professional theatre for youth, was formed in 2008 to create extraordinary theatre experiences for young people and families to strengthen community, advance education through the arts and inspire young voices. Whether it's preparing students to see a professional theatre for youth performance at Walton Arts Center, expanding an Arkansas History lesson or visualizing essays from benchmark tests, Trike Theatre teaching artists use hands on collaborative learning activities to engage and connect students to core curriculum.
Arkansas playwright Mike Thomas teaches drama and Arkansas history at Ramay Junior High in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Mike says: “Writing a play about my home state has given me a new sense of pride in my beautiful surroundings. I’m re-discovering all the great things I’ve grown to take for granted.”
The National Writing Project (NWP), founded in 1974, focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners. NWP is a national network of university-based sites serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. Since 1997, the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project at the University of Arkansas, has addressed the writing instruction needs specific to our area. NWAWP offers courses and programs for teachers throughout the school year, provides inservice presentations at local school districts, and creates opportunities for students to experience a writing project-like atmosphere through youth programming. For more information about NWAWP, visit www.nwawp.org or contact our Director, Dr. Goering at firstname.lastname@example.org.