Q: How do we go about booking a Kaleidoscope program for our school?

A: It’s very easy. Contact me, Margie Tritt, Program Coordinator, by email at margietritt@kc.rr.com or by phone at 816-363-6547. Be sure to provide the name of your school and where you are located and both a day and evening phone number and the best time to contact you. I will contact you to arrange a phone visit to gain a clear understanding of your school’s programming needs. I’ll also answer all your questions. You will then receive a cost proposal and we will establish the date for your program. After that, you will receive a Letter of Intent and our Teaching Resource Guide so your teachers can prepare their students for their Kaleidoscope day. We will work together to establish the schedule for our day in your school.

My goal is to have all details worked out ahead of time so when our Kaleidoscope program arrives at your school, our teaching artists can focus on presenting the best program possible for your students and you can relax and enjoy the Kaleidoscope day yourself!

Q: How much does a program cost?

A: The cost of the programs can vary depending on your location, whether you are part of a tour and the type of programming we will be providing. You will receive a proposal of cost after our initial phone visit. Please be aware that in this time of tight school budgets, I work with schools on an individual basis to negotiate an affordable fee. We want to bring our programs to your students! Also, the majority of schools are writing grant applications to their State Arts Council or other funding agencies to help cover a portion of the cost of a program. I can supply support materials to help you with your grant applications.

Q: How do we organize the schedule for the day a Cultural Kaleidoscope program is in our school?

A: We work with each school to organize a schedule that fits their unique needs. The schedule can vary depending on the age and number of students and your school’s daily routine. In general, we are in your school for the day. We offer schools two, 1-hour assemblies and four, 30-40 minute enrichment sessions. We like to have the two assemblies at the beginning of the day with 15 minute breaks after each one. In an elementary school, the students are usually divided into an assembly for younger students and an assembly for older students. The assemblies cover the same materials but are adjusted to be age-appropriate. Pre-K. through 12th grades can attend the assemblies.

Following the assemblies, the school can schedule the four enrichment sessions. These sessions are appropriate for 1st through 12th grade and run 30-40 minutes, depending on the age of the students. There are 10 minute breaks between sessions. The only other time element the school includes in the schedule is a 45 minute lunch break for the presenters.

Q: When does the Cultural Kaleidoscope need the school’s schedule for the day?

A: It is important that we have your schedule at least 4 weeks before the program.

Q: What’s the difference between the assemblies and enrichment sessions?

A: Assemblies are formal presentations that teach about a country through its music, dance and folk art. They also include information about the geography, history, language, customs and traditions of the country. They are multi-media and interactive. Students will be active participants in playing folk instruments and traditional folk dances. Assemblies will give your students a true kaleidoscopic look at the country, people and arts.

Enrichment Sessions enhance and follow-up on the groundwork established in the assembly programs. Students come to the sessions in smaller groups for a more informal and conversational time with the teaching artist. They will learn more about the culture through a wide variety of unique teaching materials. An important element in the sessions is an open question and answer time where students get to know the presenter as a person who represents the culture and country. The number of students in a session varies depending on the age of the students and the size of the school.

Q: What is a Cultural Kaleidoscope residency?

A: In addition to the basic assemblies and workshops, we spend 5 days in the school providing students and teachers with hands-on experiences and personal interaction with our artists. Up to 200 selected students are prepared to present a never-to-be forgotten community performance event for their community. It is an exciting week of cultural emersion.

Q: Where in the school should the assemblies and enrichment sessions be held?

A: Assemblies are usually held in the gym or multi-purpose room. We prefer to present from the floor level rather than on a stage because of the interactive nature of the program. Students sit on the floor or in the bleachers. It is important that the room can be darkened because of the video materials used in assemblies and enrichment sessions.

It is best to keep the assemblies and enrichment sessions in the same room for the day. Our presenters have a considerable volume of materials and a minimum of 30 minutes must be allowed to make a move to another area of the school. Our time would be better spent working with your students. If we have to move locations after the assemblies, we must coordinate that ahead of time.

Q: How much time does it take a Kaleidoscope program to set up at the beginning of the day and pack out at the end of the day?

A: It takes 1½ hours for our presenters to set up for a program and 1½ hours to pack out at the end of the day.

Q: What kind of equipment does my school need to provide on the day of the program?

A: Equipment needs vary slightly between the programs. In general, you will provide tables and chairs, extension cords and a small cart for our video projector. We bring our own sound equipment. The presenters will need a nearby room where they can change clothes, etc.

News & Reviews

"The Cultural Kaleidoscope programs are always well worth the money. Our students learn so much. You can always count on a high level of quality with each of the Cultural Kaleidoscope programs."  - Dr. Chris Toester - Principal, Hazel Grove Elementary