Curiosity, creativity and imagination are key ingredients in a healthy learning process.
These are the traits that transform individuals from passive receivers of information to active seekers of knowledge. These are also the traits that enable innovative application of knowledge to building better tomorrows.
Young people learn as much through inspiration as through textbooks. Perhaps more.
And what can be more inspiring than artists, who apply curiosity, creativity and imagination in their daily practice, with passion, deep thinking and joy. They stand testimony to the idea that learning, exploration, seeking and discovery are joyous activities. We at Junoon believe that young people must regularly have access to artists and their arts practices, to seep in this spirit of the arts. Such exposure can be transformative and life-changing - and it is to this end that we are delighted to offer you our programme, Arts at Play with Schools.
Through our Arts at Play with Schools programme, we offer three distinct learning engagements: Arts Week, Arts Encounters and Teachers' Workshops. We have collaborated with the best creative practitioners in the Arts to design these engagements, keeping inspiration, exposure and learning for young people in mind.
The Arts Week
A week-long, immersive experience, the Arts at Play Week combines exposure, learning and practice to open out the horizons of the mind for young people, while simultaneously building value for rigour, reflection, effort and determination. Students experience the power of teamwork and collaboration, and the joys of free creative expression. They learn how to transform working with what you have into magic and delight. They learn that it is in their power to create an interesting life for themselves.
The Arts Encounters
A shorter, less intense engagement, the Arts Encounter introduces students to the rich expression of our performing arts, and the creativity and imagination that reside at the heart of that art. It encourages students to explore ideas in playful ways, to imagine multiple possibilities, and to embrace creativity as a way of life.
The Teachers' Workshops
The need for arts to partner education is more urgent than ever before. Junoon offers arts-based workshops for teachers from all disciplines to find new ways to empathise, to communicate, to connect across generations.
- Engaged with 43 schools across 15 cities in India
- Delighted and interacted with 28,000 students
- Curated 150 professional artists, scientists and performance groups
Our core team, with a collective expertise of 45+ years working with theatre for children, collaborates with our pan-India network of artists to create unique engagements for young audiences. Meet our experienced team of arts curators, practitioners and educationists:
Sanjna Kapoor, Co-founder and Director, Junoon
Theatre personality and arts curator, she has been at the forefront of seeding theatre for children in India for the past 25 years.
Sameera Iyengar, Co-founder and Director, Junoon
Mathematics graduate from MIT, PhD in Theatre from University of Chicago and performing arts curator, she has been designing innovative arts engagement programmes for the past 13 years.
Shaili Sathyu, Artistic Director and Founder, Gillo Theatre Repertory
Education consultant with schools, she runs a professional theatre group for young audiences and has been working in arts and education for over 14 years.
Timira Gupta, Educationist and Arts-Based Therapy Practitioner
Education consultant for schools, she runs programmes for teachers on how to use arts in the classroom.
Gillo Theatre Repertory
A group specialising in theatre for young audiences, they have created 12 plays in the past 6 years. Gillo also conducts workshops and engagements that make theatre and the allied arts an integral part of children's lives.