Read With Me

Through our Read With Me program, teaching artists show parents fun ways to create learning experiences for their children at home. These early childhood family workshops give parents and children memorable opportunities to sing, dance and make art together. Children learn literacy skills and receive a free book to take home. Please join us for an upcoming Read With Me workshop every second Saturday of the month!


Read With Me Workshops Calendar

The workshops below are offered FREE of charge.


SATURDAY, December 8TH, 2018
11 AM - 12 PM

LOCATION: PROJECT CREATE STUDIO
2028 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AVENUE SE, SECOND FLOOR
WASHINGTON, DC 20020

 

My Heart Fills With Happiness When...I Create Art

Teaching Artist: Karen Brown

What fills your heart with happiness?

Holding the hand of someone you love? Reading a cozy bedtime story? The smell of fresh baked cookies? Creating a work of art?

With the holiday season upon us, now is the time to take a deep breath and reflect on what brings us joy and how we can bring joy to others. Celebrate the holidays with Inner City- Inner Child and visual artist Karen Brown by creating art based on the book My Heart Fills With Happiness. Families with young children will experiment with various materials to create gifts for loved ones

Everyone receives a FREE book to take home at the end of the workshop.

 

Recommended for families with children ages 2 - 6, but everyone is welcome!

 
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Karen is a professional artist and experienced arts educator. She conducts workshops and residencies for organizations such as The Kennedy Center, Class Acts Arts, Washington Performing Arts, the Smithsonian museums, and numerous public libraries. Her international travels in Asia, Europe, and Central and South America inform and enrich her teaching residencies, workshops, and public art projects. Karen’s graduate work is in textiles, ceramics, sculpture, 3-D and surface design, bookmaking, and photography. She specializes in differentiated instruction to meet the needs of children with varied learning styles.


SATURDAY, November 10TH, 2018
11 AM - 12 PM

LOCATION: PROJECT CREATE STUDIO
2028 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AVENUE SE, SECOND FLOOR
WASHINGTON, DC 20020

 

The Amazing Amazon: An Adventure in Music and Movement

Teaching Artist: Natasha Mirny

As the temperature begins to drop, warm-up with Innercity-Innerchild on a trip to South America down the Amazon! Using our imaginations, music, and movement we'll explore the rainforest and river, meet with Amazonian shaman, and create a Museum of Amazonia with amazing animals and plants we meet along the way. Also learn about the importance of forests and why people should protect and save them.  

 

Everyone receives a FREE book to take home at the end of the workshop.

 

Recommended for families with children ages 2 - 6, but everyone is welcome

 
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Natasha Mirny is a stage director, choreographer, performer, and founder of the Happy Theater. She started her career as a stage director of one of the largest puppet theaters in Moscow, Russia and has been running her small professional theatrical company since 2011. Natasha is a dedicated teacher who works with students of all ages, and enjoys working with kids from 3 to 15 the most. Her background is in pantomime, puppetry, and physical theater. Natasha is a faculty member at several theaters in DC metro area – Synetic, Imagination Stage, TheatreLab, Wolf Trap.


SATURDAY, October 13TH, 2018
11 AM - 12 PM

LOCATION: PROJECT CREATE STUDIO
2028 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AVENUE SE, SECOND FLOOR
WASHINGTON, DC 20020

 

Teaching Artist: Sylvia Zwi

This interactive workshop will give parents the tools to use singing and dancing to develop children’s literacy skills, love of books and passion for reading.  Renowned teaching artist, musician, and performer, Sylvia Zwi, will introduce story-telling techniques that actively engage parents and children, creating a rich and vibrant learning environment for infants, toddlers, and preschool students. 

Each family will receive a FREE copy of “The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything.”

Recommended for 2-5 year olds, but EVERYONE is welcome!

 
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In addition to leading ICIC Family Literacy and Professional Development workshops, Sylvia is a Master Teaching Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and Fairfax County Office for Children. She is a performing arts instructor, with an emphasis on early childhood music at the SITAR Center for the Arts, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School (DCPS), Levine School of Music and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. A graduate from the Universidade de Campinas (UNICAMP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sylvia also has credits in early childhood education and psychology from Nassau Community College in New York.


SATURDAY, September 8TH, 2018
11 AM - 12 PM

LOCATION: PROJECT CREATE STUDIO
2028 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AVENUE SE, SECOND FLOOR
WASHINGTON, DC 20020

 

Alphabetisimo: A Back to School Puppet Workshop

 

Teaching Artists: Natasha Mirny 

 

As summer comes to a close and schools bells are preparing to chime, learn about the alphabet through shadow puppets with Inner City – Inner Child teaching artist, Natasha Mirny.  Be amazed as the letters of the alphabet go on an exciting journey inside and outside their magical house of light.   We’ll learn ways to recall all our letter friends, and even make letter puppets of our own.  So come start the school year off with your 26 new best friends.

 

RECEIVE A FREE BOOK TO TAKE HOME AT THE END OF THE WORKSHOP.

 

Recommended for 2-5 year olds, but EVERYONE is welcome! 

 
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Natasha Mirny is a stage director, choreographer, performer, and founder of the Happy Theater. She started her career as a stage director of one of the largest puppet theaters in Moscow, Russia and has been running her small professional theatrical company since 2011. Natasha is a dedicated teacher who works with students of all ages, and enjoys working with kids from 3 to 15 the most. Her background is in pantomime, puppetry, and physical theater. Natasha is a faculty member at several theaters in DC metro area – Synetic, Imagination Stage, TheatreLab, Wolf Trap.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 11TH, 2018
11 AM - 12 PM

LOCATION: PROJECT CREATE STUDIO
2028 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AVENUE SE, SECOND FLOOR
WASHINGTON, DC 20020

 

Island Adventures 

 

Teaching ArtistsAbdou Muhammad and Miguel Aubertin 

 

Join Inner City-Inner Child as we take a trip down to the clear waters of the Caribbean Islands: Jamaica, St. Lucia and Cuba!  With the drum and guitar duets of Miguel Aubertin and Abdou Muhammad, learn about the different cultures of the Caribbean through songs, dance, and books.  Pack your bags for a fun filled morning. Be sure to leave room in your tummies for yummy Jamaican treats provided by a local Caribbean restaurant. 

 

RECEIVE A FREE BOOK TO TAKE HOME AT THE END OF THE WORKSHOP.

 

Recommended for 2-5 year olds, but EVERYONE is welcome! 

 

 

Abdou started playing the Djembe when he was 3 years old. He has received extensive training from Songa of the Valley, David Rock, Ezibu Muntu, Melvin Deal, Papa Aziz, and his godfather and whom is he name after, Abdou Kounta. Abdou’s family moved to Richmond, VA and he joined Ezibu Muntu. He became the lead drummer for Ezibu Muntu at the age of 11 years old and held the position until he was 19 years old. Continuing his journey, Abdou moved to the Washington, DC area, where he has performed with African Heritage, Coyaba Dance Theater, Soul In Motion, KanKouran, Elegba Folklore Society, Ezibu Muntu, Green Beats, The Washington Ballet, Dance Place, Step Afrika, and many more. Abdou has also performed for Fela!, the Broadway play in DC, the National Slave Ground Anniversary in Richmond, VA, the Nigerian Embassy Celebration, the NACA Conference, and at the National Cathedral School. 


SATURDAY, July 14th, 2018
11 AM - 12 PM

LOCATION: PROJECT CREATe studio
2028 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, second floor
Washington, DC 20020

 

Just Below the Surface: Exploring our Rivers, Lakes, and Ponds

 Teaching Artists: Karen Brown

COOL OFF with our FREE early childhood art workshop! 

Come take the edge off the summer heat and discover the secret underwater world of our rivers and ponds with visual artist Karen Brown. Using collage, pastels and paper, we will create an art book of the animals and plants that make up the wonderful watery world below the surface of our Anacostia River.

RECEIVE A FREE BOOK TO TAKE HOME AT THE END OF THE WORKSHOP. 

Recommended for 2-5 year olds, but EVERYONE is welcome!

 

Karen is a professional artist and experienced arts educator. She conducts workshops and residencies for organizations such as The Kennedy Center, Class Acts Arts, Washington Performing Arts, the Smithsonian museums, and numerous public libraries. Her international travels in Asia, Europe, and Central and South America inform and enrich her teaching residencies, workshops, and public art projects. Karen’s graduate work is in textiles, ceramics, sculpture, 3-D and surface design, bookmaking, and photography. She specializes in differentiated instruction to meet the needs of children with varied learning styles.