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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Sardelli, Darren LAUGH-A-LOT POETRY Literature- Poetry,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Award winning poet and children’s book author, Darren Sardelli, shows children and young adults the cool side of poetry. Come watch Darren act out his hilarious and witty poetry, find out where he gets his ideas from, and learn how to paint pictures with words. Many will leave this program with a new appreciation for reading and writing. Giggles guaranteed! * Darren's poems are featured in 20 children’s books in the U.S. and England, and dozens of textbooks (worldwide). He's visited more than 600 schools & libraries and his poems have been showcased on Radio Disney, in best selling books on the Scholastic Book List, and are being used in lesson plans all around the world.
$501- $1000
Elias, Doren Traveling Lantern Theatre- Beethoven Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Life of Beethoven Genius and dedication overcome disability in the true story of this composer's life. One of the greatest composers of all time, Ludwig Von Beethoven wrote his greatest masterpiece, the 9th Symphony, while he was profoundly deaf. This fast-paced, inspiring, and easy-to-understand play is accompanied by Beethoven's powerful music. Factual and compelling, Beethoven's story is moving and unforgettable. Performed in the same style as The Life of Mozart, this play is specially designed for the K-6 age group.
$351- $500
Davis, Katie Novel and picture book Author-Illustrator Visit! Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Drawing
Beginning: How to draw great characters, brainstorm, and create a ‘voice’ for characters. Middle: Kids interactively establish plot, setting, and conflict. End: Children edit and re-write the story and create a resolution! Assemblies: Katie teaches story construction, sequencing, how ideas transform from thought to published book. Kids learn to do drawings of emotions, Katie shares her mistakes, and teaches skills students can use when creating their own stories. K-3: Highly interactive: children help write a story; volunteers make different emotional expressions. Katie draws their faces on the characters and together they create a new narrative with emphasis on beginning, middle and end. 4-6: Workshops: brainstorming, plotting, descriptive narrative, and character development. Illustration: teaches kids HOW TO SEE so they’re able to illustrate any story they write. Dear Katie, I'm usually 'ho-hum' when it comes to author visits. You were one to change my mind! You were...the best ever writing session, and I truly mean it! Jayne Pitt, K teacher
$1001- $3000
Ellison, Emily TIGER TOTS! Health & Fitness- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
“TIGER TOTS!” ($300.00 per program) Ages 3 mos to 70 years of age! Children and their caregivers will bend, stretch, kick and jump as they study traditionalChinese Kung Fu/Yoga exercises set to children's tunes with Chinese Kung Fu Black Belt Emily Ellison. Participants will enjoy exercising together as they experiment with martial art exercises and the elements of traditional ballet and modern dance. They will increase energy, learn real Kung Fu exercises and stretches to bring home for every day family exercise.
$201- $350
Lienhard, Marco Taikoza: Voice of The Earth Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Taikoza: Voice of The Earth concert. Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. Taikoza.com
$501- $1000
Rogers, Robert Aesop's Fables Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
Take pride in who you are, even if you are slow as a tortoise; don't be greedy, and practice what you preach. These are some of the lessons taught in five of the most delightful and timeless stories by the ancient Greek writer, Aesop. These two thousand year old stories have been told around the world for generations. This version by Robert Rogers includes, How the Tortoise beat the Hare, The Fox and the Grapes, The Mother and Son Crabs, The Lion and the Mouse, and The Monkey and the Jar of Peanuts.
$351- $500
Grudko, Marian Beatrix Potter’s “The Tailor of Gloucester” Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Beatrix Potter’s “The Tailor of Gloucester” a magical tale read by Marian Grudko One day near Christmas time, an elderly tailor 
began to make a coat -- of cherry colored corded silk
-- for the Mayor of Gloucester. In the bitter cold, the tailor became ill, 
and unable to finish the coat. Yet it WAS finished. But by whom? This classic Christmas story is said to have been 
Beatrix Potter’s personal favorite. Marian’s reading has become a new holiday tradition!
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane The Winter Solstice in Story and Song Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Celebrate the Winter Solstice with classic evergreen lore, haunting legends of light and entertaining tales surrounded by traditional and original music and song. Master storyteller Diane Edgecomb brings to life ancient tales of the longest nights including the Scandinavian Legend of the Mistletoe and Apple Tree Man a humorous Wassail story from England. Accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan this performance offers a fascinating look at the stories behind wintertime traditions including songs evocative of the season and lovely instrumental melodies to round out the event. Edgecomb is a virtuoso of the spoken word. Publisher’s Weekly
$501- $1000
Rogers, Robert Skyscraper Acres History,
Nature- Gardening,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Celebrating Building a better world: What's way up there on the top of that gleaming new skyscraper? that surprising fringe of green that overlooks the hustle and bustle of the busy city below? It's an old fashioned farm, tended by Hank Bluejeans, whose family has grown fruits and vegetables season after season, as far back as anyone can remember. Well, it wasn't always so way up high. How did it get there? And why? This is a story about embracing the future while cherishing the past - or roots, as Hank Blujeans might say.
$351- $500
Herscovitch, Lara Workshop - Songwriting Essentials, Process and Increasing Creative Courage Music,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This interactive and skill-building workshop is for beginner and intermediate songwriters looking to improve their writing and connect to their creativity with more confidence. Through individual exercises, group discussion, presentation with live music examples and Q&A, we will cover: sources of inspiration; understanding key elements of the craft; debunking myths about process and perfection; embracing fear and the vulnerability of creative connection to oneself and others; identifying and overcoming stumbling blocks; transforming comparison from toxic to inspiring; letting go of achievement-driven art and embracing intrinsic, soulful expression regardless of outcome; connecting one’s art to purpose and values; and allowing one’s unique perspective and voice to shine.
$351- $500
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