Kulture Kids creates original, interactive arts programs and performances that inspire community, cultural awareness and lifelong learning.
Kulture Kids brings the Arts to you!
Kulture Kids is an arts education non-profit 501(c)(3), dedicated to celebrating and sharing the stories, art, history and traditions of cultures from all over the world with children, their families and the community through storytelling, dance, theatre, music, literary and visual art. A leading provider of arts programs for schools, arts organizations, communities and businesses, Kulture Kids uses innovative, participatory, educational performances, workshops, residencies, teacher professional development, seminars, diversity training, and motivational speaking to support arts integration and E Pluribus Unum: out of many, one.
Kulture Kids was founded by Artistic Director, Robin Pease, in 1999. The organization’s original goal was to use arts and culture to promote E Pluribus Unum: out of many, one. Meaning, the exploration of the many arts and cultures that make up our world open doors to education, understanding, appreciation and unity for all people.
A former theatre/dance teacher at Hawken School and Hiram College, Pease approached other educators and began developing programs that addressed the academic content standards that they sought help in teaching. She created participatory performances, workshops, residencies, and diversity training using drama/theatre, dance, music, visual and literary art, to support arts integration and cultural awareness. These participatory and hands-on activities gave children a chance to learn by doing. Kulture Kids became known for creating customized programs requested by adults and educators.
Initially, hired by Coventry School in Cleveland Heights, Pease created performances based on curriculum, featuring the entire K-2 grades. This was followed by large curricular performances at Heights’ Gearity School and Canterbury School. Kulture Kids then began being contracted to create programs for CMSD schools, CSU’s Summer Institutes as well as for Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio, Playhouse Square’s community and education department, Initiative for Cultural Arts in Education, Project Start-ID, Ohio State Based Collaboratives Initiatives, Diversity Initiative, Cleveland Orchestra, Cuyahoga County Libraries, Beck Center, Cleveland Play House and many more. Kulture Kids’ Robin Pease also began touring nationally to New England, New York, Virginia, and Indiana.
In 2014, Kulture Kids began to pursue grant funding which allowed the organization to expand, serving new audiences and creating original works. In the 2015/2016 school year, Kulture Kids provided arts programming to more than 22,000 people across the country, with the majority of programs being presented here in Northeast Ohio. Today, Kulture Kids continues to expand its reach throughout Ohio and across the country. Kulture Kids consistently seeks out new and unique collaborations, and creates and customizes original arts-integrated programming for audiences of all ages.