Teaching Artist Residency

Provider: Hedda Matza-Haughton- Artists in Schools/Arts and Cultural Alliance

Contact: Hedda Matza-Haughton

Starting cost per student: $10

Additional Info: Residency fee of $1250 includes: Teaching sessions, multiple planning meetings with teacher, meeting with principal, travel, preparation and teaching materials. Please contact Hedda Matza-Haughton about more details on this 4 session residency that can be tailored specifically to meet the needs of your students at your school.

Max. Capacity: 30

Transportation Needed?  No

Who Arranges Transportation?

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No


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Attention K-12 Teachers In Title 1 Schools! This Exploration Can Be Funded Through The Arts And Cultural Alliance Of Sarasota. Click On The Link To Apply.


If you are looking for a program that will help boost self–esteem, which has a direct effect on learning, then “You Are Special- You Are Unique” teaching artist residency needs to come to your school.

“You are Special-You are Unique,” is a four session program for 2nd – 8th grade students,  held once a week in the classroom and is presented by teaching artist Hedda Matza-Haughton, LCSW. This teaching artist residency incorporates fun- filled improvisational drama activities to build and improve self- awareness and self-esteem through drama. Poor self-esteem has a negative effect on academics and on feelings of self-worth and personal relationships with other students and adults.  Statistics show the following; at grade 1….. 80% of children have high self-esteem; at grade 5….. 20% have high self- esteem and in grade 12…. 5% have high self -esteem.

Language Arts Standards, emphasizing speaking listening and writing, as well as Theatre Standards will be used to explore self-esteem. By incorporating drama, the children are in a safe environment to delve into a challenging topics for themselves with other students. During these sessions the students’ will develop characters that will facilitate learning about identifying their uniqueness, replacing the negative with positive “inner voice” self-talk, and exploring how to practice and celebrate positive self-esteem by being their true selves. The students will be introduced to improvisational drama which will help highlight the students’ abilities and strengths.

The following quotes will be integrated into the sessions: Stop holding on to what hurts, and make room for what feels good; “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent,” by Eleanor Roosevelt; “The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others,” by Dr. Sonya Friedman; and a quote from  Marianne Richmond’s  children’s book, “ Hooray for you!  is a celebration of “you-ness”—the grand sum of the body, mind, and heart that makes every person truly unique.”

These sessions will be helpful in building confidence both academically, emotionally and in creating healthy relationships with others. At the end of the sessions, each child will have their own vocabulary of how they are “unique” and “incredible,” in who they are and what they do, along with some statements to match those thoughts.


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