The Castle is an independent non-profit organization with a 501 (c) 3 status incorporated as The Putnam County Coalition for Education and the Creative Arts, Inc. The Castle is the name we go by, as it best captures the all-inclusive nature of who we aim to be.
21ST CENTURY SKILLS
The Castle provides workshops that offer opportunities for participants to develop 21st Century Skills. The 2011 report published by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, “Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future through Creative Schools,” describes these skills as collaboration, creative and critical thinking, problem solving, dealing with ambiguity and complexity, integration of multiple skill sets, and the ability to perform work across disciplines. The report suggests that these skills are necessary for the global workforce and that they can be effectively developed and sustained through arts education, integration, and project-based learning. Our programming is intentionally standards-based, and we work constructively and consistently with teachers in our partner schools to create workshops that serve their curricular goals at the same time that they provide opportunities for students to practice 21st century skills in high-energy, high-impact ways.
The Castle partners with teachers in Putnam County, IN to invigorate the curriculum through arts-integration and project-based learning. Through collaborative partnerships, teaching artists and volunteer efforts, The Castle offers free learning experiences in partner schools and in conjunction with community organizations that aim to maximize the opportunity for creative problem-solving, to enhance the curriculum, to nurture self-expression, to honor varied learning styles, and to encourage essential 21st Century skills.