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“We Declare” Boston

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Calling all educators and community organizers!

The American Repertory Theater is about to launch “We Declare” Boston, a Boston- and Cambridge-wide student engagement program connected to the eighth grade core curriculum that fosters revolutionary reimaginings of the Declaration of Independence through youth-devised creative projects and access to A.R.T.’s production of 1776. We are looking for public school and not-for-profit organizations serving middle schoolers to partner with us for this initiative.

The play runs at the A.R.T. from May 17 to June 28, 2020, with workshops planned beginning in April. We invite all eighth grade students in the Greater Boston area to engage in co-curricular workshops and attend a performance of 1776 in order to deeply engage with and respond to the Declaration of Independence as well as the production.

1776 is a new production of the Tony Award-winning musical that examines the pivotal moment of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. A.R.T.’s production aims to reimagine the narrative of the founding of our country and who is represented within that narrative.

Whether you are a public school teacher or you work for a not-for-profit organization that serves middle school students, we want to collaborate with you to involve your middle schoolers in the production of this musical.



As part of the partnership, A.R.T. will offer:

  • Your option of free in-school or afterschool/weekend workshops that focus on analyzing, creatively responding to, and reimagining the Declaration of Independence through multiple artistic media: poetry, playwriting, and visual art. We are also developing on-site workshop options where students can participate at the A.R.T. right before or after seeing the musical.
  • Subsidized tickets to see the show. We are building options for groups to attend together and for eighth graders to attend on their own time, with an adult.
  • An optional follow-up with each partner to work with students creating their own creative work in response to the Declaration of Independence and/or the production, which can then be shared on a wider platform.

Project Timeline

March 1 – April 1
Partners express interest via email or an interest survey; partnership conversations are set up with A.R.T. staff

March 26 – April 17
Ticket requests and workshop schedule are confirmed by A.R.T. staff

  • A.R.T. shares a welcome packet with all partners
  • Partners amplify the program among their students, parents, and other members of their community.

April 1 – June 5
A.R.T. teaching artists facilitate in-school and out-of-school time workshops

  • 1 – 2 planning sessions between A.R.T. teaching artist and classroom teacher/group facilitator in advance of workshops.

May 19 – June 28
Partners attend a performance of 1776

  • Partners either arrange a group to attend with subsidized tickets, or share information on how to access individual tickets for their students

On a rolling basis, through Fall 2020
Follow-up meetings or workshops with partners.

Space is limited for these opportunities; if you are interested in partnering or know someone who might be interested in partnering, please reach out to or apply now.