Gaillard Center to provide virtual education program

VIDEO: Gaillard Center to provide virtual education program

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston Gaillard Center says they are offering a virtual education program called, “Setting the Stage.”

While lights have gone out at most performance halls across the country, The Gaillard in Charleston is pivoting its efforts to ensure they can provide the same entertainment and education they did before the pandemic struck.

The new “Setting the Stage” program includes eight videos followed by a lesson plan where students can follow along in a classroom, at home, or with family.

Representatives say they want to keep the tens of thousands of students who normally visit on field trips every year just as interested in the performing arts.

Gaillard Center Education Director Sterling DeVries says although nothing can replace an in-person field trip, they’ve done their absolute best to make it feel interactive. She says they are also trying to give students a look behind the scenes, which isn’t something they normally get to see.

DeVries says this program has been in the works since May, but they’ve had to invest several months of research to make sure the classes required no additional education for teachers.

A couple Lowcounty school districts have already reached out to the Gaillard in the past week, and DeVries says she anticipates they will be working on even more videos in the next few months.

DeVries says these classes are completely free, and are posted on YouTube, or on the Gaillard’s website.

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