In the Fall 2013 semester, ArtsPath, the
arts-in-education program for the Lively Arts, coordinated and presented
several highly successful educational outreach opportunities to IUP students,
regional high school students, and the greater Indiana community by utilizing
the professional touring artists from its popular Ovations! series.
The opportunities began in
September with internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated pianists
Eva-Maria Zimmerman and Keisuke Nakagoshi of the ZOFO Piano Duet. The two
worked with piano students of IUP music professors Henry Wong Doe and Jacob
Ertl in a masterclass format as the students played piano duets prepared
especially for the class. All of the students had positive comments on the
feedback and coaching they received from the duo. Area music teachers were also invited to attend with their students.
In October, in conjunction
with International Education Week at IUP, the much-loved and unique brass
septet Mnozil Brass returned to Indiana and spent part of an afternoon in
Gorell Recital Hall talking with IUP students in a question-and-answer session. IUP music
history professor Matthew Baumer facilitated the session, with students being able
to submit questions before the class by GoogleDoc through brass faculty member
Zach Collins. With nearly 20 questions
submitted, it was an interesting and lively discussion. Area music teachers were also invited to attend this event.
Just in time for Halloween, The
Addams Family crept into Fisher Auditorium for a full-capacity performance, followed by a well-attended question-and-answer session with six cast
members from this national touring company. As expected, questions ranged from
zany to practical, with everyone having a interesting, enjoyable, and learning
experience. Attending were students from Indiana High School as well as IUP theater students.
The world-renowned and
Philadelphia-based Koresh Dance Company visited the Indiana Area twice—once in
September exclusively for residency work and again in November for additional
residency work and a performance. The company was involved in extended
residency activity at Indiana Junior High School, where they worked with seventh-grade English students. They also worked with IUP Dance Theater students in
preparation for them to join Koresh on stage in November. The Koresh company presented multiple workshops on
ballet, hip hop, and modern jazz, which were very well attended by community
and IUP dance students. A final culminating event for all the residency work
took place at the Junior High School with the seventh-graders presenting
their original dance to Tupak Shukar’s poem, “The Rose That Grew From Concrete.”
Presenting original dances were IUP dance students and Koresh members based on poems previously written by the students.
Baby Wants Candy, a popular musical
theater improvisation group, also visited in November. Two of the company
members—Erica Elam and James Rushin—worked with Indiana High School students
and IUP theater students in nearly 12 hours of workshops as the students
learned various techniques and art of musical improvisation. As an exciting end
to the residency work, the students joined the entire BWC company on stage for
the first half of their community performance in a series of hilarious, fun, and completely improvised “Whose
Line Is It Anyway” style games and skits.
It’s been an full Fall of outreach for ArtsPath and the Lively Arts, reaching an estimated 1,500 people in addition to the performance audiences. Next semester will bring many more artists to Indiana involved in performance and outreach, starting with vocalist and songwriter Corey Harris.
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