Lively Arts Educational Outreach Fall 2013: On Campus and in the Community

Posted on 12/4/2013 12:35:28 PM

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.

ZOFO Piano Duet masterclassThe 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.

Mnozil Brass 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.

Cast of The Addams Family 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.

Koresh Dance CompanyThe 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.

BWC_240Baby 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.