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Articles 2006/07 & before

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Experiencing the Arts 2006-2007 Field Trips
Northwest Passage, a Game for Earth's Future!
Open Invitation to Local Students to be on TV's,The Songwriter's Notebook!
Mrs. Jespersen's Students Join Environment & Arts Festival With Crocheted Recycled Bags!
March 9th, David Budbill Read Across America Guest Artist
February 5-8 Mayhem Poets Residency
2nd Annual Environment & Arts Festival April 14, 07 Exhibitor Registration
January 16th Workshop for Writers with Jerry Quickley
Literary Magazine Local Texture Contest
Incan Son Concert Inspires First Global Warming Project
Figure Drawing Class
10/5 Hood Museum Tour Inspires Ceramic Project
Articles 2005/06 and before
Articles 2004/05 & before

Experiencing the Arts 2006-07

Experiencing the Arts is an experiential arts enrichment program based at Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan, NH. Experiencing the Arts is developing a system to connect students and artists from the NH State Council's Artists Roster, The League of NH Craftsmen, and from the four corners of the world. The initial concept for Experiencing the Arts was to develop a new high school course that provided a combination of a work/learning curriculum that engaged professional artists, arts administrators, and other arts professions to work with youth. With continued funding through 2007 from the NH State Council on the Arts and matching support from Mascoma School District, Experiencing the Arts will continue as a class and formalize the development of the cross curricular and broader community impact of the program.

In the school year, 2006-07, the program will be entering its fifth year in practice and sixth 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).

I am very excited and encouraged by the reception from the community and faculty for our effort to broaden the cross curricular and broader community impact of Experiencing the Arts. We have sought to expand the cross curricular and broader community impact of the Arts with Mascoma. The program has succeeded in exciting the participation of several classes and has successfully implemented suggestions from other teachers and staff. There are many examples of this (see: Celebrating over 100 Events! ).

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 in "at risk" categories to benefit from the enrichment opportunities. I am also excited to tell you of growth in our Artlinks partnerships and of new participation from other organizations.

Bonna Wieler, Executive Director,Connecticut RiverFest, Inc. joined us to develop our Environment and Arts Week and Festival (see: Environmental Awareness Community Outreach Week 4/10-15 ). The success of this has us planning to repeat the event, April 9-14, 2007 -- the family friendly Festival is on April 14th in beautiful Huse Park, Enfield, NH.

Experiencing the Arts was designated as a model Artlinks program by the NH State Council on the Arts (Winter, 2005 article This allowed me to imagine how Experiencing the Arts could work as a model. By using Patrick Andrew's Assembly Day Schedule at other schools, and allowing Art teachers at participating schools to have an experiential course as one of their five preparations, Experiencing the Arts could serve as a model for other school districts. Imagine a series of performances linked by the cross curricular impact, thematic, ethnic, or content based themes -- maximizing the impact of a series of performances -- block booked for cost efficiency by sister schools close enough geographically to allow performers to coordinate several performances during their visit. I imagine that a partnership such as exists between the Lebanon Opera House and Experiencing the Arts could become the seed to enable an Arts enrichment curriculum that could efficiently serve schools even without the advantage of having facilities such as Lebanon Opera House or The Hopkins Center.

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. You can e-mail Experiencing the Arts Director, Christopher Morse at