Check out Pop Culture Classroom’s accomplishments in 2022! This was an incredible year, thanks to our awesome community of supporters.
By Chris Burley, Marketing and Communications Manager
What a year. 2022 began with a sense of uncertainty and possibility — and ends with a sense of gratitude, accomplishment, and optimism.
The pandemic, inflation, increasing extremism and polarization in our communities and around the country — along with stressed schools, students, educators, families, and communities —loomed large on the horizon as Pop Culture Classroom’s small team began this year’s work to inspire, educate, and connect kids with their communities using pop culture.
But as 2022 dawned, we saw something else, too. Possibility.
Throughout the year, Pop Culture Classroom tackled the challenges and — more important — helped thousands of students improve their literacy, explore creative self-expression, and celebrate diverse, connected communities during challenging times.
Big Moments in 2022
This year, we saw some big moments at Pop Culture Classroom, including plenty of workshops for kids, new resources for educators, our first full show with FAN EXPO Denver, and the fifth annual Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards.
And that’s just the start! I asked some of the people who help Pop Culture Classroom’s work possible to share some of their most meaningful memories from the past year and even added a couple of memories of my own.
Pop Culture Classroom’s Accomplishments by the Numbers
“Scrappy” isn’t just Scooby Doo’s nephew. It also defines Pop Culture Classroom award-winning programs.
With just 5 full-time staff members, 10 part-time outreach instruction team members, and a part-time Art Manager for our increasingly popular Colorful History educational comics and teaching resources, Pop Culture Classroom made a big impact in 2022…
Pop Culture Classroom worked with 29 different local schools, libraries, and community centers on more than 200 hours of student engagement. Most of these workshops took place at Title 1 schools, which allow us to serve under-resourced communities.
We reached over 1,000 students through these workshops that covered storytelling through comics, world building through sci-fi and fantasy, careers in pop culture, and more!
Pop Culture Classroom produced 9 new issues of our Colorful History comic series. Some of our favorites (let’s be real, they are all our favorites) cover the history of Cesar Chavez, climate change, and Dungeons & Dragons! This year, we also produced 3 new Graphic Novel Teaching Guides to support teaching The History of Science Fiction, Ghosts of Science Past, and Young Agatha Christie.
Over three days, 3,500 kids and family members immersed themselves in pop culture at our special Kids’ Lab and All Ages Stage and fall PopUP Denver event! Pop Culture Classroom collaborated with 14 diverse community partners to provide enriching activities for you and your family.
Our FREE educational resources were downloaded more than 5,000 times this year! This includes our graphic novels, teaching guides and full curricular units. We are so proud of this work and our continued ability to keep these resources free and accessible to all.
You Can Help Us Do More in 2023
As much as we’ve accomplished, we know that there is much more to do to engage, inspire, educate, and connect students through the pop culture they love. You can help with your year-end tax-deductible donation.