A Brief History of LARP Adventure Program
LARP Adventure Program (L.A.P.) is a arts based community. LAP started in 2000 at the Springfield Museums in Massachusetts. In 2002, L.A.P. came to Boston MA at the Charles River Gym, spending the better part of a year in that community before moving to private programming for families in the Brookline area. Arlington MA became the next important community for L.A.P. through the Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA). It began formal classes in 2006 through the Ottoson Middle School’s afterschool enrichment program, Arlington Enrichment Collaborative (AEC). Now, L.A.P. hosts over 100+ youth from grades 5th to 12th in the Arlington, Belmont, Winchester area, partnering with other local schools such as the Chenery Middle School and the Acera School for Science, Creativity and Leadership.
L.A.P currently operates five days a week with afterschool programming for middle school youth, and two evenings a week for high school CIT and leadership training. LAP runs eight weekend expeditionary educational events a year for youth and teens, as well as day and residential camps during winter, spring and summer vacation breaks.
L.A.P. also offers professional leadership training for adults, college-level internships, and private events / workshops for individuals, families, and community groups.
At LARP Adventure Program we have found that in a nurturing community and an arts based environment, we can develop the foundation for self-empowerment and self-actualization. Through LARP, we can discover our personal legends. The LARP Adventure Program events and classroom curriculum explores interdisciplinary arts, multiple intelligence theory, 21st century skills, and emotional intelligence education. Our approach to community arts and education allows each participant to nurture authentic self-expression and personal empowerment within a co-creative environment. This is done through developing one’s persona. We create a scaffolding for youth and adults to discover their own self-empowerment. We work with divergent thinking educational methods, supporting different individual learning styles. We foster one’s sense of personal narrative of self, community and world as a whole. In short, our schools and events teach a new platform for communication and education.