Ariadne Zitsos, Thread Consulting + Design

Ariadne Zitsos, Thread Consulting + Design

Ariadne Zitsos is the founder and lead consultant at Thread.  As an artist, teacher, and consummate learner, she brings a unique point of view to any project. She holds a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Virginia Tech. Her award-winning curriculum written for the Country Music Hall of Fame, “Words & Music: Teaching Language Arts through Lyric Writing,” exemplifies her creative, interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning. She believes in the power of collaboration, and approaches each project with an openness to its past and a great imagination for its future. 


  1031 Westchester Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28205



Viewing History Through the Arts

Program description

This residency uses analysis of music, visual arts, dance, literature and fashion in a given time period in history to guide students to a deeper understanding of that time period. We tailor the residency to the school’s particular history program and goals. Where possible, we will collaborate with local arts organizations to link student classroom learning with live performances and existing field trips. Activities are linked to North Carolina Essential Standards, are designed to be academically rigorous, and include assessments to monitor student learning. The residency culminates in a group project that students can share through digital media.

Booking / scheduling contact

Ariadne K Zitsos


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Dance, Literary Arts, Multi-discipline, Multi-media, Music, Theater, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin:
Program type: Residency
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 8, Grade 9
Subject: History
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday are preferred.

Available times:

Between 10am-2pm is preferred.

Length of program: 45-90 minutes and/or multiple sessions/days
Space / technical requirements:

Smartboard preferred but not required, speakers for playing recorded music, students need notebooks and writing utensils.



Fees / Ticketing:

$1500/5 session residency for 1 class, $2000/5 session residency for multiple classes, or $400/1 class session; please reach out if you need to negotiate the price.


NC Standard Course of Study:

CCR Anchor Standard R.1 – Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text (we see each art form as its own text, so students will learn to “read” each kind of text to extrapolate meaning and apply it to their historical learning).

CCR Anchor Standard R.6 – Assess how point of view, perspective, or purpose shapes the content and style of a text (questioning the point of view and perspective of the artists and their audiences).

CCR Anchor Standard R.9 – Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take (looking at the way different artists address similar issues in a time period).

NC Essential Standards:

WH.H.1 Apply the four interconnected dimensions of historical thinking to the Essential Standards for World History in order to understand the creation and development of societies/civilizations/nations over time;

USH.H.1.3 Use Historical Analysis and Interpretation to: 1. Identify issues and problems in the past 2. Consider multiple perspectives of various peoples in the past 3. Analyze cause-and-effect relationships and multiple causation. 4. Evaluate competing historical narratives and debates among historians. 5. Evaluate the influence of the past on contemporary issues;

USH.H.2 Analyze key political, economic and social turning points in United States History using historical thinking.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

If cancellations occur more than 14 days in advance, there will be a flat fee cancellation charge of $50. If cancellation occurs less than 14 days in advance, we will charge 25% of the total agreed cost of the residency.