The LENS Project: an afterschool program all about perspective
The LENS Project is an after school program that uses the all the arts to teach social and leadership skills. Our focus is on building connections with others through Empathy, Negotiation, and Sense of Self to improve relationships and personal growth. Students work with a professional Teaching Artist, in partnership with a Liaison Teacher from their school, to discover these skills through arts experiences – sharing qualities about themselves through visual art, working with others to perform creative work, and solving challenges together to strengthen their communities. This program is currently held at select schools in Bethel School District and Tacoma Public Schools, with generous support from the districts and grant funding.
Camas Prairie Elementary, Centennial Elementary, Elk Plain School of Choice, Evergreen Elementary, Fredrickson Elementary, Kapowsin Elementary, Rocky Ridge Elementary, Bethel Middle, Cedarcrest Middle, Cougar Mountain Middle, Liberty Middle, Spanaway Middle
Franklin Elementary, Sheridan Elementary, Stafford Elementary, McCarver Elementary, First Creek Middle, Jason Lee Middle, Truman Middle
Waller Road Elementary, Ferrucci Junior High
The LENS Project currently serves over 300 youth and 1,000 family members annually. The program has received support from: