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Statewide Arts Education Conference comes to Crawford Notch

Presentations & demonstrations by renowned artists in varied disciplines, Oct. 30 - Nov. 1

Hideaki Miyamura, a potter, glazer and N.H. Artist Fellow, is one of the presenters at the Arts in Education Partnership Conference. He will present a pottery demonstration followed by a question and answer session on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. at the Highland Center in Bretton Woods Courtesy Photo.
October 22, 2009
Conference keynote speakers include artist-in-residence Julie Lyonn Lieberman, nationally renowned violinist, vocalist, and composer (the national Green Anthem project) and educator, who will speak on "The Power of Creativity"; James Tusty, director and producer of the documentary film, "The Singing Revolution"; and Bob Morrison of Quadrant Education Research, who will present findings from the N.H. Arts Education Data Project, the first comprehensive survey of arts education in the state.

The conference is open to all interested persons, and provides professional development for educators, artists, arts specialists and community arts leaders. Workshops and keynote addresses will focus on the multiple ways the arts develop essential skills such as creativity, imagination, leadership, perseverance, team building and problem-solving. A variety of hands-on, interdisciplinary workshops in all arts disciplines will be offered. Other highlights will include a community arts mapmaking experience and artist exhibit and resource-sharing opportunities.

Many hands-on workshops

Workshop titles and topics include:  Art as History: A Look at Two Centuries of White Mountain Art; A History of White Mountains Map-Making from Free Hand Sketch to GIS;  Scriptwriting, the Hero's Journey; Journeying through Shakespeare's Archetypes; Artist in Residence Boot Camp; Using Maps to Generate Visual Imagery; Music Improvisation; Project Playwright: Four Years of Improved Literacy through Theater; Using Digital Media in the Classroom; International Connections through the Arts; Henniker-San Ramon Comics Exchange: Cultural Exchange through Comics; Teamwork, Trailworks, Mapwork; Create a Clay Map of Your World; and Dancers, Buildings and People in the Street: Making (and Teaching) Dance in the Real World.

"Our statewide AIE conference brings unique and exciting leaders in arts education and we love bringing these presenters and speakers and educators to the North Country because we make an extra effort to reach out and bring them into North Country schools for special presentations," says Catherine O'Brian of the N.H State Council on the Arts. This year's North Country school-based offerings will include presentations by three conference keynotes and artists-in-residence, Julie Lyonn Lieberman, James Tusty and Stuart Paton.

Demonstrations by guest artists

On Sunday morning the public is invited to join participants for presentations and demonstrations by guest artists and Artist Fellows Alexandra de Steiguer (photographer); Stuart Paton (Taiko drum master), founder and artistic director of the Burlington Taiko Group; and Hideaki Miyamura (potter and glazer).

"We are thrilled to be able to bring the statewide conference back to the North Country," says Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire executive director Frumie Selchen. "It makes it more affordable for our teachers, and we can focus some of the programming on our natural landscape."

Conference partners include the Arts Alliance, the N.H. Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, the White Mountains Regional School District, the Mount Washington Resort and Red River Theatres of Concord (which will show the film "The Singing Revolution" in its screening room Oct. 23-29).

Participants may attend for one day or the entire weekend. The agenda, workshop descriptions, plus registration form and booking instructions for reduced conference group room and meals are posted at www.nh.gov/nharts and www.aannh.org. For more information, contact Frumie Selchen, AANNH, 323-7302, or Frumie@ aannh.org.

Matin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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