My passion is teaching. As a classroom teacher, curriculum developer, and ultimately Head of School for more than four decades I have longed to create something authentic for children. A work of art. A way in which young people could step into a creative realm while in their own classrooms, experience a piece of history connected to the contemporary world, and recognize their own innate capacities to be contributing members of a community.
LEAPS of IMAGINATION gives children the chance to let their imaginations soar. It empowers them as learners and makers, and it helps them recognize that there is connectivity within the entire school curriculum.
I have been and continue to be inspired by my colleagues and the children I teach. I’ve learned that in the process of developing something new, we often need to adjust our thinking and occasionally need to make a fresh start. Only some of our ideas morph into successes. But when they do, as it is with all work with children, everyone feels deeply gratified.
At LEAPS, we have set children on a path, and they are experiencing themselves as artists and innovators. We believe that long after they’ve completed the program, students will use their imaginations in creative and thoughtful ways.
Nancy Harris Frohlich, Director
Our work in schools is rooted in the principles of social justice and environmental sustainability. We teach children to value difference, to support others, and to stand up for that which they believe. As a close-knit team of artists, we model shared decision making, thereby cultivating compassion, empathy, and respect within a community of young learners. We interweave literacy, science, and geography themes into in-depth art experiences, working closely with classroom teachers to build on grade level curriculum.
This fall marked the start of an exciting new teaching year for LEAPS of IMAGINATION. We have expanded our team of artists and welcome AVIS TURNER, an experienced art educator who has become part of the midcoast Maine community. As a professional artist, Avis brings a vibrant spirit to our team and our work with young people. Waterfall Arts in Belfast, ME continues to be our fiscal agent; they make it possible for us to accept contributions from individual donors. We are in the process of applying for 501c3 status, an exciting venture in our fourth exciting year of LEAPS in schools.
LEAPS of IMAGINATION is most grateful for the generous support of the Bob Crewe Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Maine Arts Commission, Maine Community Foundation, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, Partners in Island Education, and Vinalhaven Land Trust.