Historical Arts Education

Historical Arts Education
Changing Lives in the Present by Experiencing the Past

The first MEAC presentations were based on emotional journeys, using fairytale, cultural, and historical themes. Children were greeted by icicle queens, bears, Elizabethan jesters, and an array of characters from Commedia Dell'Arte.

A dramatic change occurred in 1987, one year after the founding of MEAC, Joanne Lewis watched the film, 'The Elephant Man', a film depicting the life of John Merrick. The brutality, ignorance and inhumane treatment of Merrick inspired Lewis to begin a journey, which over a period of two and half decades has produced numerous plays that confront the historical treatment of children persecuted because of disability, religion, culture, or simply because they are considered 'different'.

Historical Arts Education is dramatically different from anything seen or experienced before in the Special Education community. Interactions, emotions, and story lines push the boundaries of what was believed to be appropriate for the severely disabled individual. The method has been used in a highly successful way with children, adolescents and adults.

Testimonials from the diaries and biographies of historical figures have risen from the pages and become classic plays, in which MEAC strives to help children and adults facing their own daily struggles find inspiration and strength. Spanning over centuries, participants will have the opportunity to meet both factual and fictional characters. Anne Frank, Helen Keller, Saint Joan of Arc, Charles Dickens, Elisha Stockwell, just a few characters that will take the stage as part of MEAC's unique programming.

MEAC takes great care to present these dramas in a sensitive, yet truthful way. The organization has been highly acclaimed for it's ability to tell these profound and touching stories to populations all around the world.

“I want to go on living after my death. And therefore I am grateful to God for giving me this gift.. Of expressing all that is in me.” Anne Frank