About Our Programs
The Theater and Poetry Project: A Language Arts Enrichment Partnership at PCCC consists of the following components:
1. Professional Theatrical Productions at PCCC
We present only the best quality children's theater, both classic children's stories and multi-cultural fare. Thus, students gain familiarity with the majority culture as well as enhance their appreciation of cultural diversity. Before each performance we send study guides to the teachers to enable them to prepare their students for the experience, provide follow-up activities, and connect the program to the curriculum.
2. In-class Language Arts Enrichment
a) Poetry workshops
b) Meet-the-Author sessions
We offer in-class visits by poets and authors of children's books. These visits bring a sense of excitement to reading and writing.
3. Student Poetry Contest
Over 1,000 students participate in our annual Paterson Student Poetry Contest which we sponsor in conjunction with the Poetry Center at PCCC. The contest culminates in a published anthology of the winning poems, a public reading at PCCC, and the awarding of prizes and certificates.
These programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Target, and the Garden State Arts Foundation. The Theater and Poetry Project strives to maintain a barrier-free facility including complete access for patrons using wheelchairs, large print materials, sign-interpreted programs, and FM listening systems.