At Bird City we believe a high tide raises all ships. If we can create an environment that is supportive and open to possibility, then everyone in that environment can succeed. For us "a high tide..." is more than just a motto, it's a call to action.
To create a high tide, we start by identifying the needs of our students and our community. These needs differ from person to person and group to group, but some commonalities shine through: individuals don't feel heard, groups don't feel included, people don't feel respected, teammates don't feel valued, members don't feel invested in, the competent lack confidence and the confident lack competence. Bird City's classes are designed with flexibility in mind to address those needs. Our goal is to create an empowered, brave, and welcoming learning space.
Bird City practices transparency, accessibility, and anti-oppression. We openly share our techniques and knowledge. We communicate with authenticity. Our classes are flex-priced. They include free and PWYC tuition options that fight classism and lower the barriers to entry. We actively combat systemic oppression through deep listening, bias recognition, compassionate dialogue, advocating for social justice, elevating community voices, and including a diverse range learning resources in our classes. We continually work to dismantle internal and external oppression, to further our own knowledge base, and grow our cultural awareness. A high tide is made of many droplets. We believe creating opportunity isn't an individual endeavor, it's a collaborative effort.
Improv is one of the most useful, yet underrated art forms. All 7,000,000,000 people on this planet improvise every single day, but only a few of us improvise well. Why? Unfortunately, we develop a lot of bad habits that prevent us from achieving our potential. We do not listen, make eye contact, collaborate, let go of our ego, and embrace failure as a part of the process. We do not empathize nor strive to see the merit in every idea. We do not capitalize on our own skills. We doubt ourselves. We live in the past, and talk about the future, but we never respond to what is happening here and now. Improvisational theatre works to curb these bad habits.
Improv builds confidence and has practical applications. Not only is it creative and fun, it is skill building. Improv helps individuals communicate, collaborate, create equity, recognize biases, embrace failure, navigate conflict, listen, empathize, build confidence, stay mindful, celebrate diversity, and problem solve. It's a big claim, but it's not magic. It's just a tool to make learning experiential and community based.
Play it Forward
Bird City regularly facilitates free workshops for community organizations. Corporate clients automatically qualify to participate in our Play It Forward initiative. What is Play It Forward? For every corporate training Bird City facilitates, we will donate one free workshop to a DC/Baltimore, nonprofit, community organization and are open to your suggestions. If interested, all Bird City asks is that you determine a non-profit, and provide Bird City contact information. Play it Forward is an excellent way to spread communicative and collaborative tools to a wider audience, sponsor a non-profit, and to give back to the community.