Knowledge put into practice.
All of our programs a) teach and promote a specific knowledge and technique of a particular form or craft and b) use that specific knowledge with the freedom of interdisciplinary experimentation to create reflective projects and programs.
coLAB programs, link professional artists with student artists for in-depth hi-quality studio instruction, field experiences, networking, and community oriented project creation.
Our programs use Creative Writing, Acting, Movement, Design, Oral History Interview Collection, Theater History and Literary Criticism to engage students as thoughtful collaborative storytellers. The core coLAB Artist Faculty hold degrees and work in NYC and regionally in their chosen artistic fields.
Our Education Programs
Theater Education Residencies
Since 2010 coLAB has provided in school residencies providing in class workshops in performance, voice, movement, writing and design. coLAB also curates set, costume, and lighting design as well as production support for school productions. We currently have residencies in both New Brunswick and Highland Park Public schools.
coLAB Summer Institute
coLAB has created annual summer programs designed to give students training how to artistically respond to complex issues that affect our communities. Participants take workshops in movement, voice, performance, design, writing, and production giving them the tools to become generators of their own art all while they have the opportunity to network with other artists and teens interested in similar work. These programs are built with strong partnerships with other arts and social advocacy organizations. Past programs include partnerships with Contemporary American Theater Festival, Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership, New Jersey Institute of Social Justice, and many more.
coLAB Arts and the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership (LRWP) have combined an innovative art and science based project that fuses Project WADES (Watershed Action, Dialogue, Education and Stewardship) and the Watershed Sculpture project for innovative classroom experience. The watershed network of school-based environmental stewards seeks to champion water quality monitoring in the Lower Raritan Watershed (e.g. collecting visual assessment data, and/or biological monitoring involving macroinvertebrate study). We are likewise supportive of the Environmental Education focus of Project WADES strategies that are designed to support core curriculum requirements, encouraging students to synthesize, practice and develop increasingly complex ideas and skills as they learn and grow through direct engagement with the natural environment. We view Project WADES as a natural extension of our current partnership with the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership called the “Watershed Sculpture Project in the Schools,” a project that involves watershed education and environmental stewardship through stream monitoring, stream clean-ups, and the creation of sculptures from trash found during these clean-ups.
Students share the ART (stART), is an extracurricular program with our partner New Brunswick Cultural Center. This program is committed to bringing local area high school students closer to all of the professional arts experiences in their own community. We have been working diligently with a committed group of arts organizations, teachers, administrators, and most importantly students - all who are interested in networking with other schools, linking together with other creative people, and experiencing great theater, music, visual art, dance, film, and more.
Are you an educator or administrator looking for adaptive arts programming? We create programming based on need and desired outcomes, carefully partnering the artist and community. Contact us to find ways we can work with your students.