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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Johnson, Rusty At Home in the Unnown Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Animals
Rusty Johnson is at home in the unknown.   On a whim he took a 3,000 mile trek through 5 countries in southern Africa, then flew to the West Indies to film an active volcano twice.  He is a jungle guide with over 25 solo expeditions to the Amazon, and at the age of 19 he was the youngest person to have hand raised an endangered Andean condor, which was 1 of only 10 condors privately possessed in the United States.  He is the originator, star, and Consulting Producer of Travel Channel's Hotel Amazon, and is the author of a book entitled The Twilight of the Wild (Foreword written by Jim Fowler of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom). He has consulted for National Geographic Television's HOOKED, the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, DATELINE, Reader's Digest "Must See Places on Earth" DVD series and he has filmed on the island of Kauai for the documentary series Cosmic Journeys. He has also presented over 3,000 speeches at educational institutions including Princeton University, Rutgers University, and The Explorers Club where he was one of the youngest people ever inducted into the prestigious club. Oh......,and he graduated high school with a 2nd grade reading level. Visit website to learn more. ​
$351- $500
Bezrodnov, Vitaliy Balalaika and Piano Duo History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
An acclaimed virtuoso in his native Russia, Yuri Shishkin now brings to American audiences the magical sounds of the balalaika, a three-stringed triangular instrument considered the national instrument of Russia. Trained at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Mr. Shishkin and his piano accompanist, Yulia Sydykbaeva, command an extensive repertoire that ranges from Russian and Eastern European folk to classical and contemporary compositions. With amazing versatility on this mysterious, alluring instrument, Yuri Shishkin will uplift audiences past their reserved inhibitions and onto their toe-tapping feet!
$501- $1000
Rosenberg, Paul Dance the World Around! History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Your audience can try their hand at folk dancing, and kick up their heels to live fiddle music, just like people did in the 18th and 19th century before electricity! Enjoy a tradition of community dancing and music handed down from generation to generation and that is still going on in many communities. We play music and get everyone involved – from ages 2 to 102 — especially those who have not danced before, in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites: circles, squares, contras, as well as international folk (Irish, Dutch, African, Chinese, Korean, Latin American, Russian, Israeli, French, and more) dances. The toe-tapping music consists of reels, jigs, polkas, hornpipes, and waltzes. While participation in the dancing is encouraged — and it’s hard to sit still — it’s fun to just listen to the music and watch too! We teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, clarinet, guitar, piano, recorder, accordion, ukulele, Chinese hu lu si, percussion, and more. The “Dance the World Around” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/
$501- $1000
McGrath, Cathy “SINGING TEAKETTLE” HOLIDAY CONCERTS: Christmas, St Patrick’s Day, Halloween . . . Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Other
Cathy McGrath presents intergenerational folk music programs with seasonal themes, such as Christmas, Irish Christmas Traditions, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, July Fourth, Halloween and Thanksgiving that put a little spice in your cup of sing-along tea. She calls her music “Teakettle Music” because it is steeped in tradition and shared with friends. An experienced folk music performer and family literacy teacher, with a specialty in traditional American singing games and Irish music, Cathy uses guitar, banjo, limberjacks, flute, and penny whistle, and bodhran drum in her programs which are tailored for specific age groups. She is happy to design a program for your specific needs.
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - Queen Nur's VOICES OF COURAGE History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Acclaimed storyteller Queen Nur takes on the roles of several exceptionally strong African-American pioneers including Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Mary McLeod Bethune and Cathy Williams, in an indellible tour de force performance.
$501- $1000
Carpenter, Margot "The Heart Knows Better": Changing Prejudice to Kindness Life Skills- Other,
Media- Film,
Multicultural- Other
Learn where racism begins and how it can end, during a film and talk presentation by award winning filmmaker Ken Kimmelman. View 3 short films by Mr. Kimmelman, the Emmy Award winning public service film "The Heart Knows Better"; "Brushstrokes," an anti-prejudice film commissioned by the UN; and "What Does a Person Deserve?" a celebrated film against homelessness and hunger. The films are part of an interactive presentation about how the philosophy Aesthetic Realism, founded by American educator Eli Siegel, can change prejudice to kindness. His statement is the basis for "The Heart Knows Better": "It will be found that black and white man have the same goodnesses, the same temptations, and can be criticized in the same way. The skin may be different, but the aorta is quite the same."
$101- $200
Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea Criss-Crossing Borders/ Cruzando Fronteras Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Jaguars prowl, monkeys howl, and a sea turtle saves a fisherman in this delightful series of tales performed in Spanish and English by two talented performers. Inspired by Arm-of-the-Sea’s travels in Central America. CRISS-CROSSING BORDERS incorporates a handmade style of visual storytelling to portray kinship ties between animals and humans, and between people living on opposite sides of a border. This presentation connects with ONE WORLD-MANY STORIES theme of the 2011 Summer Reading Program
$351- $500
Riley, Tom BECOME A STAMP COLLECTOR Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other,
Visual Arts- Crafts
BECOME A STAMP COLLECTOR-Each child receives an album and hundreds of stamps. They soak stamps off paper and mount dry stamps. They see rare stamps and are given pen-pals. They learn the history of postal services from a book I wrote. Stamp Collecting is the world's most popular hobby. Adults love my program. They learn the history of postal services and the intricacies of stamp collecting.
$201- $350
Landrey, Sheileen World Clothing: What Should I Wear? Multicultural- Other,
Museums,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
A fun program that explores how people’s geographic location influences their choices in what to wear. Interactive stations include clothing to try on, a matching game with international dolls, and an art project.
$101- $200
Golden, Gail Every Hero Has a Story Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Every Hero Has a Story celebrates heroism and encourages children to be heroes by helping others at home and in their neighborhood. This is a fun, highly interactive story theatre production with folk tales from Kenya, Puerto Rico, and Denmark. Children from the audience join The Wondermakers in acting out the stories!
$101- $200
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