In the school year, 2007-08, the program will be entering its sixth year in practice and seventh year since its creation. The program has succeeded in far exceeding its initial benefit as a class bringing programs to the entire school and broader community as well as sponsoring dozens of field trips to arts events. Our partners in this program include the Lebanon Opera House, The Hopkins Center Outreach Department at Dartmouth College, and AVA Gallery. We also work closely with the Education Department at the Hood Museum of Art. These organizations offer excellent educational material in conjunction with all their programs making it possible to include other classes that could benefit with the vitality of an arts experience in the six areas of the arts covered by the Experiencing the Arts program (Theater, Media Arts, Visual Arts, Dance, Music, and Writing/Poetry).

Within the school Experiencing the Arts has made partners of Mascoma's Alternative Program and other classes often including additional students on field trips. These partnerships enable teachers to enhance their curriculum and students to benefit from the enrichment opportunities.

Experiencing the Arts has been honored to continue to win the Artlinks grant support and matching support from Mascoma School District. We have also enjoyed generous support from the Byrne Foundation and Mascoma Bank Foundation, the Walker Fund, and The Wellborn Ecology Fund. You can e-mail Experiencing the Arts Director, Christopher Morse Here

"Teachers across the disciplines see a greater need for Arts activities to stimulate learning in their classes. They are excited to stimulate learning by bringing the arts into their curriculum. Teachers do not work in a vacuum and learning does not just take place in the formal classroom. In order to continue to raise the bar and meet No Child Left Behind goals, teachers need the continued investment of their students. They must be excited about learning. With Experiencing the Arts we have seen firsthand that student learning is energized by enrichment experiences. Students find the classroom work more meaningful and useful when skills have been brought to life, so to speak, by arts experiences.

I was a participant in the Smithsonian Institution's Celebrate NH Culture show with my work included in the NH Stories show on the mall in Washington (1999) and as a demonstrator at the Hopkinton Fair grounds when the show returned to New Hampshire, June 7-11, 2000. I have spoken to the Mascoma faculty about developing our own version of such a show by first developing focus week programs for each department (such as the Environment and Art Week and Festival we have developed with the Science department) and having them culminate at a festival for the public. With the visionary leadership of Principal, Patrick Andrew and an energized faculty perhaps this could be possible in the future."

Experiencing the Arts Director, Christopher Hill Morse

Open House FestivalEnvironment and the Arts

Art and Fashion Design by Colleen McCleary

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On October 19th Experiencing the Arts hosted a field trip for our Environment and Arts Week partners in the Recycling Club. Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering presented a rich program including presentations by Thayre students, a meeting with Cathy Zoi, the CEO of The Alliance for Climate Protection, a demonstration by Dartmouth Formula Racing (both hybrid and electric cars), machine shops and artificial joint labs, as well as allowing us to attend their Jones Seminar: "What will it take? Reaching people on the urgency and solvability of the climate crisis," with presenter Cathy Zoi.

2007/08 Experiencing the Arts Field Trips & Community Events

10/2/07, Lebanon Opera House NOTE: Experiencing the Arts will be participating for the Ballet Folklurico de Mexico evening performance as our peak community event: Tuesday, 7:30 P.M.

10/11/07, HOP Dartmouth Imani Winds, chamber music & jazz, African & American, Thurs. 10 A.M.

10/23/07, Hood Museum Wenda Gu: The Green House. Contemporary Chinese artist.

11/2/07, Palace Theatre, Manchester, French Reflections, w/ French 3 & 4 and MAP

11/14/07, HOP Dartmouth Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts, drum music by Monk, Metheny, Lennon, Wed.

12/3/07, Hood Museum American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art.

12/4/07, HOP Dartmouth Yamato Drummers of Japan Shin-on , 9:15 & 11:15 A.M., Taiko drums.

January, 2008 - Date TBA, Scholastics Art Awards, Bedford, NH.

1/11/07, HOP Dartmouth Old School Freight Train & Carolina Chocolate Drops, Old School Freight Train - blending bluegrass, jazz, Latin, and Celtic. Carolina Chocolate Drops, gospel, blues, jazz, 10 A.M..

1/17/08, Lebanon Opera House Traveling Blues bluesman Guy Davis, Thurs., 10:00 AM

2/6/08, HOP Dartmouth Omaha Theatre Company, Old Yeller, Wed., 9:15 & 11:15 A.M.

2/11/08, Hood Museum Sean Scully. Abstract American artist.

3/7/08, Cap. Center Arts Portland Taiko - taiko (Japanese drums), Show times: Fri ,10:00 AM

3/12/08, Northern Stage Driving Miss Daisy, Wed., 10 A.M

4/2 or 4/10/08, Northern Stage The Elephant Man, Wed. or Thurs. 10 A.M..

4/23/08, Hood Museum Black Womanhood: Images, Icons and Ideologies of the African Body.

4/21-26/08, Environment & Arts Week & Festival, April 21-26

4/26/08, Environment & Arts Festival, April 26, 2008

5/9/08, Cap. Center Arts Taylor 2, Paul Taylor Dance, Fri, 10:00 AM

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