We are at a turning point in our education system. Over the past few months we’ve seen a demand, not only for virtual learning options, but for culturally diverse curriculum. Maroon Arts and Culture offers enrichment courses that amplify marginalized voices. Our teachers have various credentials, multiple degrees and decades of experience in the classroom. Our instructors have experience working with diverse student bodies and are prepared to meet the needs of students with learning differences. We have a variety of programs available for students of all ages. We also offer College Readiness and Creative Career Guidance.
No one expects you to remember 5th math! Our teachers are here to help, challenge and support students as we adjust to our new educational reality.
Sign-up for a 45 minute session for only $25!
Playwriting for Teens
Playwriting for Teens is a FREE one-day workshop designed to empower students to write the stories they want to see in the world. We will spend time developing our artistic point-of-view and understanding how storytelling can be both an act of revolution and an expression of freedom. Participants will get into the nuts and bolts of playwriting as we practice finding a juicy story, understanding comedy and tragedy, character development, creating high stakes situations and more.
Enrollment in this course automatically enrolls participants in the Teen 10 Minute Play Competition in February. The competition is optional. Interested students can submit new, 10 minute plays developed in this workshop or outside of class. 5 plays will be selected to be produced online and 1 student will walk away with a prize!
Our educators are excited to support students as they prepare their college applications. We offer various packages designed to help with ACT/SAT test prep. resume writing, personal statement and essay editing, application coaching and more. Sign-up for your 15 minute consultation below so we can discuss your students needs.
“This Is My America” by Kim Johnson is a thrilling fiction novel that draws inspiration from current events. Tracey is a young African- American girl fighting to get her wrongly accused father released from Death Row. As Tracey reflects on her American experience, students will be encouraged to reflect on their own experiences.
Our very own Director of Education, Ms. Carey, will be our guide through this exciting book, analyzing the characters and making connections to the world around us.
Over 10 weeks, we will will be immersed in this page-turner and enjoy the ups and downs of Kim Johnson masterpiece. Join us for this interactive, virtual book study led by an extraordinary teacher.
Drama Critics Club
Each semester, our founder, L.J. selects plays from the Ferguson Theatre Syllabus and guides students through close readings, discussion and analysis. Students will explore videos, articles and aother media in order to help facilitate understanding.
The Ferguson Theatre Syllabus was developed in 2014 in response to the horrific murder of Michael Brown. Updated in 2020, this list of plays highlights marginalized experiences and provides the springboard for anti-racist education.
Drama club for kids grades 2-6. Students will be on their feet, exploring movement, facial expressions, gesture and voice. The goal of this class is to encourage students to get comfortable expressing themselves and using their bodies to tell stories.
Meet the Teachers
Celia D. Carey, M.Ed
Ms. Carey is the Director of Education for Maroon Arts and Culture. She has dedicated her life to education. With 14 years of teaching experience in secondary schools throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, she particularly has a passion for working with students that come from tough backgrounds. Celia earned her Bachelor’s degree in the area of Psychology from the illustrious Hampton University in Virginia. She later completed her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the beautiful Dallas Baptist University in Texas. She has taught all levels of students, and is certified in Special Education, English as a Second Language, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Principalship.
Lindsay A. Jenkins (L.J.)
Lindsay A. Jenkins (L.J.) is the founder of Maroon Arts and Culture. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Theatre from California State University, Northridge. Like many theatre practitioners, L.J. has performed a variety of roles over the years; however she considers her time as a Middle and High school theatre teacher as one of her most valuable experiences. Not only did it foster her passion for arts education and interest in dramaturgy, she was inspired everyday by the curiosity and creativity of her students. She believes that the arts are a critical component to a students educational journey. In her roles as Content Teacher Lead and Arts Chair, she has written and trained educators on multicultural arts education that supports core classes. Though no longer a full-time teacher, L.J. still works as a Teaching Artist engaging students in public and charter schools online and across Los Angeles.
Like many theatre practitioners, L.J. has performed a variety of roles over the years; however she considers her time as a Middle and High school theatre teacher as one of her most valuable experiences. Not only did it foster her passion for arts education and interest in dramaturgy, she was inspired everyday by the curiosity and creativity of her students. She believes that the arts are a critical component to a students educational journey. In her roles as Content Teacher Lead and Arts Chair, she has written and trained educators on multicultural arts education that supports core classes. Though no longer a full-time teacher, L.J. still works as a Teaching Artist engaging students in public and charter schools online and across Los Angeles.
Yohan is a native Californian that prides himself on being a Renaissance Man. Born in Oakland, Yohance was initially homeschooled. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he found himself in an accelerated program that skipped him from 3rd to 5th grade. His passion for math during his time at Pomona College. Before then, math was always a struggle, but a college professor changed his paradigm on mathematics. When he started tutoring other students, he began to understand the nuances that caused many students to believe they were not capable of being successful in math. Now as a seasoned math teacher Yohance has found even more of the hacks necessary to navigate through the test with far less anxiety.