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Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum (New York, NY 10036-1007)
Lynda Kennedy (Project Director: May 2016 to present)

Crossing the Line Players – Bringing History to Life with Teens

The expansion of the Crossing the Line Players into a research and residency program for fifteen groups of 15-20 youth scholars.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is planning to expand its successful historical performance group the Crossing the Line Players into a research residency and performance program. Tween and teen youth from community sites located in New York City’s high-needs neighborhoods will practice historical-thinking and research skills—including analysis of evidence, synthesis of information, interpretation and development of an argument. During this 10-part residency program, groups of young playwrights will be guided through the mechanics of research and story development by the Museum’s education and curatorial team, content experts and guest scholars. These performance pieces will not be reenactments of historical events but interpretive pieces generated from primary and secondary source research. Over the three-year project period, 225–300 young scholars/playwrights will participate in the residency program.

Project fields:
History, General

Humanities Access Grants

Challenge Grants

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Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 9/30/2021