2023 Grants Challenge

Enchanting Minds and Sparking Creativity

A Faery Hunt's goal is to enhance the impact of performing arts in elementary schools. We aim to create captivating and immersive experiences, providing students with interactive shows, and teachers with resources that ignite their imaginations, foster creativity, and cultivate a lifelong appreciation for the arts. We aim to enrich elementary schools by integrating Common Core Educational Standards. With the live performances and the resources given to the teachers, we'll unlock the magic of learning through captivating performing arts.


What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?

K-12 STEAM Education

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

County of Los Angeles

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Expand existing project, program, or initiative

What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?

A Faery Hunt believes that schools do not have the resources to give enough attention to the Arts in K-12 STEAM Education. This is a problem because the Arts work young brains in a different way from traditional schooling. The Arts help the students be more creative, solve problems, and understand emotions. Interactive Theater Arts engage youth as participants in a staged production. This can provide a profound experiential learning experience that other teaching methods do not offer. Live theatrical performances can cultivate self-esteem and interpersonal and leadership skills. The objective is to use the Arts as a gentle, entertaining, fun, and effective means of having a measurable impact on the growth and development of youth. A Faery Hunt program also carries simple but often forgotten life messages including kindness, forgiveness, respect, ecological responsibility, and tolerance. Theatrical Arts can foster positive ethical and moral elements at an early age.

Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.

A Faery Hunt will offer free shows for local elementary schools during the week. The shows are designed for children aged 2-10 and aim to provide targeted activities through the Arts. By involving children in the performances, A Faery Hunt offers a meaningful and hands-on learning experience. The program takes a comprehensive approach to engaging children, focusing on building self-esteem, interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities using theater. It also imparts important life lessons such as kindness, forgiveness, respect, ecological responsibility, and tolerance, which are sometimes overlooked. This project promotes positive values and morals from an early age in a fun and entertaining way. A Faery Hunt encourages children to participate in enriching activities, with the goal of fostering long-term personal growth and making a lasting impact on their lives. A Faery Hunt will offer the teachers additional activities that they can do before participating in a performance and continue later in the classroom. The content given to the teachers is based on California's Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

If A Faery Hunt's free shows for local elementary schools in Los Angeles County are successful, several positive changes can be anticipated: First, the participants will have increased access to the Arts. By integrating Arts into the curriculum, students can engage in hands-on learning that complements their academic studies. We believe the children will experience social and emotional growth: As children actively participate in staged productions, they have the opportunity to build confidence, develop communication skills, and learn to work collaboratively with others. A Faery Hunt's emphasis on kindness, forgiveness, respect, ecological responsibility, and tolerance would contribute to creating a more compassionate and inclusive community in Los Angeles County. The success of A Faery Hunt's program could have long-lasting effects on the children and the community. By providing affirming activities and experiences, the program aims to cultivate long-term, positive growth.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

We will measure the number of schools and students reached by the program. We will do this by tracking the participation and attendance at the shows. We will assess student engagement by observing their enthusiasm, interaction, and participation. We will gather feedback from teachers, parents, and students through surveys or interviews. Ask about their perception of the program's effectiveness, its impact on students' learning experiences, and any positive changes they have observed. By using these measures, A Faery Hunt's program can evaluate how well it is doing in terms of how many people it reaches, how engaged those people are, and the feedback it receives from teachers, parents, and children. These will help us assess the effectiveness of the program, and where we can improve.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 3,009

Indirect Impact: 9,018