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Program
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Description
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Lienhard, Marco Taikoza, Japanese Festival Drums and dance Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Taikoza presents a unique and exciting program using Japanese Taiko drums (that weigh up to 200lb drums) and bamboo flutes. The program will take you on an unforgettable journey through Japan. It will take students to different areas and through the seasons of Japan. Students will be experiencing a new culture in a fun and exciting way, they will get a chance to see and at times touch the ancestral drums. The taiko drum has the power to touch everyone with its thunderous sounds and vibrations. Taikoza hopes to open the students’ eyes to the richness of the Japanese culture and spark an interest. We hope that this will spark an interest in other world cultures. Taiko has been associated with many aspects of Japanese culture since ancient times. It is said that Taiko was used to drive away the plague and evil spirits. In the Shinto religion, it was used to call upon and entertain the gods, or kami, and in Japanese Buddhism, its sound was the manifestation of the voice of the Buddha.
$501- $1000
Vinyard, Roland Others Have Christmas Too Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Christmas songs from many cultures, including various parts of the US, played on a variety of stringed instruments: guitar, 12 string guitar, 5 string banjo, tenor banjo, mandolin, autoharp... Short introductions are given to each song to promote understanding without inducing boredom.
$101- $200
Agostino, Christopher Hero Tales! from Christopher Agostino’s StoryFaces Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Visual Arts- Painting
Hero Tales! The Original Superhero Stories - featuring adventure tales and legends from around the world in an exciting performance for all ages. My favorite stories to tell to children are traditional hero tales — the original Superhero stories — especially those that feature young or small protagonists, like Li Chi Slays the Dragon, an ancient tale from China about a brave maiden that saves her village, or Punia and the King of the Sharks, about a boy who battles a shark. The reason Punia is so brave is because he is small — which is a wonderful encouragement to give to kids, that the small can be heroes, as in Aesop’s Fable The Lion and the Mouse. StoryFace shows are a surprising combination of storytelling and visual arts that fully engages the entire audience. A wide variety of tales are available to suit the ages of your audience, including samurai adventure tales for older kids. If I’ve been to your library before, I keep a record of what I’ve told, so I can always return with new stories for your audience. Go to agostinoarts.com to see the video: What Is A StoryFace?
$501- $1000
Rogers, Robert Professor Pennywhistle and the Round the World Story Balloon Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
Imagine a magical balloon that knows when and how to touch down in the most exotic places right in the middle of a story, just at the most important moment. This is the invention of Professor Pennywhistle, whose curiosity and enthusiasm about exploring the world takes him - and us - to the most surprising places. It's a celebration of diversity - and more important - the common things that people share all around the globe. We'll visit the arid landscape of Africa, where the animals must remember the name of a tree that will drop its fruit only if they can shout it out loud; the Palace of the Emperor of China, who has lost his best friend - a nightingale - and doesn't know what to do; a little cottage in the woods of France, where an elderly woman learns the secret of a soup made from only a stone. And finally, we'll return to the good old U.S.A. and meet Pecos Bill, America's first cowboy, and help him lasso a wild tornado. We live in a big, wide, wonderful world, and Professor Pennywhistle is more than happy to be our tour guide.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John Timeless Tunes, Timeless Tales, and Musical Secrets of Long Ago and Far Away Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Discover the stories and secrets behind some of the most rare, mysterious, and magical musical instruments of history. How were they invented? How do they work? Hear the tales that are told about the person who was said to be the first player of the bagpipes in ancient Rome. Discover the secret behind stories that claim that fiddles actually have magical powers. What is the tallest stringed instruments ever invented? Are there actually wind instruments that you don't blow into? Can a harp ever play itself? What happens when you touch it? Children will be invited to try the harp and find out for themselves! Bells & Motley have discovered that young children (as well as adults) are enthralled by the unusual sounds and stories behind their unique collection of historic instruments, including rommelpot, hurdy gurdy, early bagpipes, harp, hand-made fiddles, and tromba marina. Audiences are especially excited to hear that the Bromkas, in addition to being musicians, historians, and veteran storytellers, are also expert instrument builders. An unforgettable interactive enrichment experience.
$351- $500
Carpenter, Margot Thomas Comma; or, the Comma that Didn't Below Anywhere Life Skills- Other,
Media- Film,
Multicultural- Other
Thomas Comma (24 minutes), an animated film based on a story by poet Martha Baird, is the charming, humorous, and also sophisticated adventure of a lonely comma looking for the right sentence--that which truly represents him in this world. This 2D film will not only delight and inspire children and adults alike, but also encourage and educate them. "We're all of us like commas," wrote Ms. Baird, "looking for the right sentence." Following the film, Ken Kimmelman, Emmy Award winning filmmaker (Imageryfilm.com), gives an exciting talk on the making of the film and its meaning.
$101- $200
Collins, Dawn World Music Exploration History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
This may be a single date program or a series of five to six one-hour sessions exploring different world music regions, Africa, Latin America, Europe, Celtic Lands, India & Middle East, North America. A display of instruments native to this regions and a demonstration is provided. Songs from each region are taught with phonetic lyrics in a call and response style for ease of learning. A brief history of each region's music will be taught. This is an interactive program that is best suited to young adults and adults, although middle school and above will find it interesting and educational.
$101- $200
Golden, Gail World of Wonders! Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Wondermakers perform 3 interactive folktales from around the world! Libraries can select their 3 folktales by requesting The Wondermakers Top 10. The stories to select from are from Puerto Rico, Kenya, Mexico, the USA, England, Japan, Central Africa, Ireland, Russia, and Italy. Whole audience participation as well as audience volunteers who become characters in the stories are both part of the show! The stories are all from library books. The show encourages reading, creativity, and an interest in many cultures. Mime, humor, and colorful props and costumes are all included!
$201- $350
O'Carroll, Magician Debbie Celebrate the December Holidays Magic Show Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
This exciting and colorful program captivates children ages 4 to 12 with mystifying stage magic, comic dance and enchanting lore. The audience will actively participate in Debbie's merry celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, The First Day of Winter, Dewali, New Year's Eve, St. Stephen's Day, Three King's Day and more as they learn about the different holidays that light up this special month.
$201- $350
Dolan, Mary Beth ASIAN CUT PAPER ART History,
Multicultural- Other,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Learn how to create amazing decorations using just scissors and colored paper. Program focuses on Asian styles of cut paper art, and discusses the history of the art form, and as a Asian New Year's tradition. Includes lots of Asian New year facts, traditions from China, Korea, Tibet and Japan. A great multi-cultural program, and perfect for curing the 'winter blahs', as the Asian New Year takes place around the end of January to the middle of February!
$201- $350
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