Drawing upon K-12 academic topics as source material, choreographic works are developed by students through a co-teaching process between classroom teachers and the Pillow's roster of prominent artist-educators.

National and state arts education standards are met during two-week residencies. Results have included biology students dancing cell division; English students conveying the political dynamics of Greek tragedies; math students dividing space into planes, points on an axis and equations; English as a Second Language students dancing about the differences in freedom between their home countries and the U.S.; and third graders moving through the stages of the water cycle.

Since 1994, Berkshire County's Monument Mountain Regional High School (MMRHS) has served as the Pillow's laboratory site for developing and refining Jacob's Pillow Curriculum in Motion®. Since 2000, the process has been equally successful in two area elementary schools: Becket Washington School in Becket and Conte Community School in Pittsfield. Pillow artist-educator Celeste Miller and Director of Education "J.R." Glover continue to evolve the program's highly successful teaching methodology in collaboration with fellow residency artists and teachers. The program has been presented at arts education conferences, featured on National Public Radio's Best of Our Knowledge, and highlighted in the 2003 Kennedy Center and Dana Foundation publication, Acts of Achievement

Support for Jacob's Pillow Curriculum in Motion® is provided by the Berkshire Bank Foundation; Central Berkshire Fund, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation; Pittsfield Cultural Council; and The Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.


Jacob's Pillow Curriculum in Motion®

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