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Fiske, David The Black America Show: The Plantation Comes to Brooklyn History,
Multicultural- Other
After exposing the public to a huckstered version of life in the West--via his Wild West Show--Nate Salsbury initiated a new production in 1895 called Black America. Black America set out not merely to entertain, but to educate the public about the lives blacks had led in the antebellum south. Though the show included some acts that were not typical elements of plantation life--juggling, tight-rope walking, and drills by black cavalry troops--it also featured a village with over 100 cabins where blacks portrayed activities such as picking cotton, operating cotton gins, itinerant preaching, and socializing. Among the singing and dancing performances were examples of black culture that had developed under slavery, as well as newer creations. Show business considerations, as well as stereotypical thinking, resulted in the inclusion of minstrel songs, cakewalks, and tap dancing, but Salsbury's original purpose for creating the show was largely one of public education, and the Black America Show was less exploitative than other contemporary productions. It gave many African-Americans a foot in the door for careers in show business, and increased public awareness of their many skills and talents. Black America had runs in Brooklyn and several other U.S. cities.
Up to $100
Conrad, Bob A Magical Approach to Geography Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
This highly entertaining and educational school assembly program is really an introduction to geography and the world we live in. Your students will take a magical journey to all seven continents, with stop-overs at China, India, France, Africa,Brazil, and Australia. Using large visual aides, globes, a 6 foot by 8 foot map of the world, a talking picture of the Earth. Your students will get a new insight into the world and it's people and cultures. Your students will learn about; * Maps and Globes. * The Continents. * Countries of the World. * Flags of Various Nations. * A World of Facts. Bob Conrad calls upon a variety of talents: Magic; Storytelling, Puppetry, Ventriloquism to make geography fun, interesting and exciting.
$351- $500
Rosenberg, Paul Colonial Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
What did people do for fun in the Colonial era? They sang, made their own music, and danced! Are you looking for a way to bring the Colonial era to life? Participants will learn firsthand how people socialized and hear anecdotes from American history. Encourage them to come in costume from clothing they already have – or make their own. Colonial New York and New England was a crossroads of trade, commerce and culture, influenced by Dutch, French, English, African and Native American among many other peoples and traditions. “Multicultural” is not a new concept. The audience will connect with centuries-old traditions and participate in the traditional house party dances as generations of Americans have done – by dancing! Squares, contras and circle dances were brought to American from Europe and Africa. The program includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. We play tunes, sing songs, and teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, gourd banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, recorder, and more. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/ and http://www.homespun.biz/occasions/educational-programs/community-dancing/
$351- $500
Carpenter, Margot Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, the Cause of Slavery, & Us! History,
Life Skills- Other,
Multicultural- Other
This interactive event does something thrilling and unique: children and adults learn about a woman important in American History, Harriet Tubman, about the importance of the underground railroad, and about the cause of slavery. Based on the philosophy Aesthetic Realism founded by poet and critic Eli Siegel, children learn about themselves and the respect for the world and people they most hope for! There are Power Point slides of the routes of the Underground Railroad, music, and a re-enactment of an escape from enslavement which was led by Harriet Tubman all the way to Canada.
$101- $200
Singer, Lauren BEAUTIFUL GIFT BOXES: Folded, Faux Painted and Embellished Multicultural- Other,
Visual Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Painting
Add a personal touch to your gift giving! Great for the holidays, or for any occasion, Japanese folded paper boxes are beautiful and can be made in a pinch to your desired size. In this beginner class, you'll learn how to fold your own classic Origami box, then transform it! Using water-based, faux painting and surface design techniques, you will create a unique gilded and textured box with a special tied closure. Styling can be elegant, natural or funky! Examples and images of special boxes will inspire.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John Christmas Musical Folk Traditions Around the World & Across Time History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
The evocative sounds of the arraye of rare historic and folk musical instruments will lead you into the nooks and crannies of France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the British Isles in a celebration of Christmas traditions in many lands. From festive tunes for dance and procession, to evocative ballads and songs for chorusing - this rich and festive holiday musical program features seasonal aires, songs, and traditions. Instruments include the hurdy gurdy, French and Northumbrian bagpipes, Celtic harp, Swedish nykleharpa, Irish pennywhistle, and much more.
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane A Celtic Evening Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Irish Culture comes to life with Storytelling, Song and the strains of the Celtic harp. In A Celtic Evening, Diane brings to life Ireland’s storytelling treasures from the humorous Legend of Knockgrafton to the hauntingly beautiful Deirdre of the Sorrows. The most famous of all Irish romances, Deirdre weaves together Druidic prophecies with a forbidden passion so profound it dares to defy the fates. The performance is set against a lush background of harp music: original and traditional melodies played by the versatile Margot Chamberlain on a variety of Celtic folk harps. Enjoy an evening of humor, passion and music with these two inspiring performers. A Celtic Evening is also available as a full musical event with the addition of Michael Punzak on story and fiddle and Tom Megan on accordion, keyboard and pennywhistle. Thoughtfully composed and beautifully presented, A Celtic Evening was a joy for us all. The combination of both your talents made for an inspirational evening that moved the audience to laughter and to tears, and left us with a feeling that magic was in the air. Director of programming, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA
$501- $1000
Paul, LoriAnn Unique Shamanic Journeys with LoriAnn Paul Health & Fitness- Sports,
Life Skills- Other,
Multicultural- Other
At certain points in one's life, it may become important to heal, to “empty” or “clean house” internally, in order to release old, worn-out beliefs, patterns, negative thought processes and unwarranted fears. Shamanic Journeying is the perfect way to heal old hurts, even stubborn ones, in order to experience wholeness and optimal health and well-being. Each workshop has a unique theme. Examples of themes are Seasons of the year, elements of Nature, such as water, essences of particular plants, such as pine from the forest, etc. I may lead students through a series of very gentle Yoga stretches and breathing techniques to help them to relax. We then transition into Shamanic Journeying, in order to get in touch with our innate wisdom and sense of perfect wholeness. In this state of consciousness, it becomes possible for students to gain profound insights into their own lives, those of their friends and loved ones, as well as the wider world in which we all live. Journeying as a group helps to create a safe, secure and supportive environment, in which an individual feels validated in her/his own experience.
$101- $200
Henderson, Kristine Tea Tasting: Teas of China - Black Teas Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Other
China is the birthplace of tea and it was discovered almost 5,000 years ago. During this interactive seminar, we will explore several black teas from different provinces in China. Learn what distinguishes the black teas of China from black teas in other countries, specific health benefits associated with black tea, and the history and lore surrounding the teas being tasted. Three Chinese black teas will be tasted and discussed.
$101- $200
Maichack, Mary Jo Travel the World in Tales & Tunes Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
“Travel the World in Tales & Tunes” is a fun, funny show sung and strummed and featuring multicultural tales from the seven continents. Listeners will sing and chant along, dance a folk dance, laugh and enjoy wonderful stories and songs, even acting out in a fresh version of The Three Little Pigs, from France--in costume. The show plays like an audience-participation variety show.
$351- $500
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