Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polkadot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship. Inspired by the events of Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock 9, Polkadots serves as a colorful history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts.
Our collective hearts ache for George Floyd, his family, friends, and our entire community. At the Ordway we pledge to do our part in amplifying the voices of our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) colleagues and allies in service of a future where all voices are heard, valued, and lifted up.
Looking for ways to talk to your kids about race?
Ordway Education has collected these resources for our students, educators, and families to learn together and have discussions about race.
Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical
Listen to the full Polkadots album on Spotify
Learn about the Carnegie Mellon student production
Polkadots was inspired by the lives of Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock 9. Check out these books to read more about them. All books available through Saint Paul Public Library and Hennepin County Library:
Ruby Bridges Goes to School, My True Story by Ruby Bridges (2009) – Grades PK-2
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles (1995) – Grades 1-5
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (1999) – Grades 3-6
Saint Paul Public Library’s Resources on Race includes book lists, poems, films, videos, and blog posts for students of all ages.
Sesame Street and CNN are hosting Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism, a town hall for kids and families, on Saturday, June 6 at 9:00am CT.