In 2023, the Midnight Radio Education Program turns 10 years old!
The program guides students to research, develop, write, rehearse, and perform their own radio plays and commercials based on what they are studying in school. This inquiry-rich, project-based learning initiative has engaged hundreds of students in dozens of public schools all over Southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The Midnight Radio method was created by Bricolage’s co-directors and honed over the years with school teachers and our Head of Education, Sam Turich. Built in partnership with Carmelle Nickens and The Rural Arts Collaborative, the program incorporates common-core principles to generate youth inspired content integrating twenty-first century technology and media platforms. It offers teachers new ways to involve students in story-making and learning. In addition to core-curricular connections, the program introduces students to a wide world of creative possibilities. Students practice artistic disciplines, including creative and dramatic writing, performance, vocal production, music composition, public speaking, sound design, and Foley artistry. This program is particularly successful with alternative education schools and students with special needs, who thrive within the less formal, non-traditional classroom environment.