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Education and Community Engagement

Digital Residencies & Resources

Registration is now open for ECA’s FREE digital performing arts residencies, running October 2021 through February 2022.

Please find details below, and RSVP to Gillian Jones, Associate Executive Director at Once you register, you will be on the list to receive links and digital access to those performances, workshops, and study guides. As a note, all residency materials will be available on-demand for the designated time period, while the Teacher Workshop will be a “live” event over Zoom.

Agua Es Vida / Water is Life: A Celebration of Dance & Song from Mexico

Educator access: October 16, 2021-November 6, 2021
Digital content: Full-length performance, workshop, and study guide
Age recommendation: 2nd grade and up

“Why is there fire in the woods? Where did the water go?” The world is out of balance, and we must work together to bring the world, and ourselves, back into balance. Our Indigenous storyteller, Cecilia, guides us on a journey that starts with the magical Danzante and leads to an impossible challenge. Or is it? All along the way, dancers and musicians from all parts of Mexico bring their glorious traditions to life. Featuring dances from Veracruz, Guerrero, Michoacán, and more, Agua Es Vida is a dance and storytelling adventure that celebrates Mexican culture with ALEGRIA!

*This performance is in English, with Spanish and Nahuatl words integrated.

Click here to watch the Agua Es Vida trailer!

Kattam & His Tam-Tams: Rhythms of West Africa

Educator access: November 16, 2021-February 14, 2022
Digital content: Four arts engagement workshops in call & response, percussion and dancing
Age recommendation: 1st-5th grades

Join percussionist Kattam Laraki-Côté on a West African adventure! Discover the culture of West Africa through drumming, singing, and dancing. Experience the language and rhythms of the Krin, Djembe, and Gongoma and learn how these instruments shaped and express regional culture. Are your students ready for the challenges Kattam will share?

Click here to watch the Rhythms of West Africa trailer!

ECA Teacher Workshop: Your Passport to Cultures of the World: Discover Africa, the Middle East, and India through Rhythm, Drumming, and Dance

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2021 | 5-7PM
Age recommendation: Elementary school educators

Percussionist Kattam Laraki-Côté will be your guide as you discover the musical styles he perfected studying under masters from around the world. Playing the djembe and/or other percussion instruments, educators will be introduced to African, Arabic, Indian, and pop rhythms, and learn to play over “tracks” so they feel like part of a band. Finally, they will learn choreography to create a full performance experience for students.

*ECA is certified by OSPI as an In-Service Education Agency. Participants will be eligible to earn 2 clock-hour credits. Pre-registration required.


Educator access: January 15-February 5, 2022
Digital content: Full-length performance, workshop, and study guide
Age recommendation: 4th grade and up

Set deep in the Sagebrush Desert, PACKRAT is a visually stunning puppet-forward play that contemplates humanity’s relationship with the natural world. Puppetry, projections and an original score elegantly come together to create many layers of meaning and emotions. At the center of the action is Bud, a peculiar rodent with a penchant for hoarding humankind’s goods. When a discarded cigar sparks a wild fire, the animals in Bud’s valley flee for their lives. PACKRAT is a poignant account of Bud’s journey to find his place in the world, and his ultimate realization that the interconnectedness of life rules the day.

Click here to watch the PACKRAT trailer!