Join Youth in Arts at Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera Town Center, on Saturday, March 23 & Wednesday, March 27, at 11AM for a FREE story & music hour for young children!
Hear stories from Elisa Kleven’s Paper Princess series and Hooray, a Piñata! and Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm’s Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth To Life. Sing-along to songs in Spanish and English from Youth in Arts’ shows inspired by these wonderful children’s books! Perfect for children ages 3-6 and their families.
Plus, from March 22-31, a portion of all your purchases at Barnes & Noble Corte Madera will benefit children’s art programs through Youth in Arts.
Click here to download and print our Bookfair Voucher–give it to the cashier to make sure your Barnes & Noble purchase supports art for kids!
You can also shop online and use our Bookfair ID 11060756 at checkout.
Gideon Bendile and Kalahari Experience at Dixie School
Students at Dixie Elementary School “traveled” to South Africa last Friday with Gideon Bendile & the Kalahari Experience in a live performance brought to the school via Youth in Arts Assemblies program.
The show included traditional and contemporary songs in a range of South African languages, including Xhosa, the Bantu or “bushman” language known for its “clicking” syllable sounds. Children also enjoyed call-and-response with traditional South African drumming and a demonstration of “gumboot dance,” which began in the mines of South Africa as a means of communication and has evolved into a popular dance form.
Concluding with a moving performance of South Africa’s national anthem, the show was a great way to celebrate themes of freedom and unity as the children left for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.
Led by Gideon Bendile, Kalahari Experience is comprised of members of Zulu Spear, the pioneering world music group co-founded by Bendile. Famous for helping to spur the anti-apartheid “divestment” effort in the U.S., Zulu Spear has toured extensively, recorded an album on Capitol Records, and performed for Nelson Mandela in person alongside The Grateful Dead, John Lee Hooker, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Bonnie Raitt, Sarafina and Joan Baez, and is well known for their featured song in Disney’s animated feature “The Lion King”. The group won a “Bammy” (Bay Area Music Award) for Best Blues/Ethnic Band in 1987.
Nydia Gonzalez tells the story of the Paper Princess and the Pinata
UPDATE 11/29/2012: Our storytelling event has concluded (thanks so much to all who came!) But you can still support Youth in Arts with your Barnes & Noble purchases through Friday, November 30.
Download and print a coupon to take to the store, or tell your cashier you want to support Youth in Arts. And don’t forget you can shop online and enter the “Book Fair ID” 10921872 at check out!
Youth in Arts will be holding a special Storytime with Music at Barnes & Noble Corte Madera on Wednesday, November 28 at 11am. The free storytime will include interactive storytelling and songs from past Youth in Arts musicals including Paper Princess& the Pinata and Photosynthesis In Living Sunlight and will be led by Nydia Gonzalez and Miko Lee from Youth in Arts. The storytime is appropriate for children up to age 6.
Support Youth in Arts by shopping at Barnes & Noble in Corte Madera, CA. In an effort to raise funds for arts education and opportunities for children in the Bay Area, Youth in Arts is working together with Barnes & Noble Booksellers by hosting a Bookfair at the Barnes & Noble Corte Madera store.
From Monday, November 26 to Friday, November 30, Barnes & Noble will donate a percentage of every sale made with a special Bookfair voucher to Youth in Arts! Vouchers are downloadable here and in hard copy at the Youth in Arts Gallery. If you can’t make it to the store from November 26-30 you can also shop online and enter the following Bookfair ID at checkout: 10921872
Please help support Youth in Arts by shopping at Barnes & Noble, 313 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, CA 94925, November 26-30, with a Bookfair voucher. Please download here:
The Photosynthesis cast with artist Rebecca Burgess
Youth in Arts new musical Photosynthesis–Living Sunlight debuted today to hundreds of local schoolchildren and their teachers and parents at the Showcase Theatre at the Marin Center. The kids and adults were enthusiastic about the show, which teaches the science behind photosynthesis using lively music, dance and theater.
The musical is based on Living Sunlight, How Plants Bring the Earth to Life by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm, and we were thrilled to have Molly in the house today!
Also attending was local fiber artist Rebecca Burgess, who contributed to the development of Photosynthesis and also curated Youth in Arts new gallery exhibit, “Farm Fresh Fashion.” The exhibit and the musical are great companion pieces, blending art and science to encourage better stewardship of our earth.
If you’d like to catch Photosynthesis–Living Sunlight, a final performance will be offered Friday, May 4, at 7 pm. Tickets are available in advance from the Marin Center Box Office, or at the door beginning at 6 pm.
Photosynthesis Performers, Composer Miguel Martinez and Author Molly Bang with some young audience members
Brothers Eddie and Marcos Madril put on a wonderful Native American Dance and Music performance at Sutter Elementary School in Santa Clara last week. A third grade teacher commented that Eddie and Marcos “were very energetic, fun to watch and very smart and knowledgeable about Native American culture.”
Highlights of the day included the entire school dancing with the performers, Eddie performing the amazing Hoop Dance, and the beautiful Native American dress. Yet again, Youth In Arts’ artists put on a captivating and highly lauded school assembly performance!
A second grade teacher added
My students have never been so excited about a school assembly! They could not stop talking about how much they enjoyed Marcos and Eddie. They did such a great job engaging the students. Eddie talked to the students in a way that made the information accessible to all students. They were very informative! It was a great experience.
March is Arts Education Month and Women’s History Month, when we honor the contributions of women to our history and culture.
We’d like to highlight some of our terrific woman performing artists this month, all of whom perform in the schools through the Youth in Arts Presents assemblies program. In addition to helping students understand the important contributions of women in cultures around the world, these women’s efforts to sustain and share their art forms illustrate the impact women are making in the arts in the U.S. today.
Diane Ferlatte, a native of New Orleans, can readily remember childhood years sitting on the porch of her grandparents’ home, captivated by the oral stories of family generations past, their spirit, their journeys, and their heartfelt fantasy coming more alive in each moment. Now an internationally renowned storyteller, she has received numerous honors and all eight of her recordings have won awards including a 2008 Grammy nomination. Diane believes that telling and listening to each other’s stories not only enables us to learn about each other, but also to understand each other better. She views storytelling as a traditional art form that can promote literacy, imagination, and values in the young. Many of her stories tell of women’s strengths and unique gifts and she frequently performs in celebration of Women’s History Month.
Here is a montage of clips from some of Diane’s storytelling performances:
Julia Tsitsi Chigamba grew up in the rich cultural traditions of Shona music and dance. Daughter of the highly respected Mai Chigamba and Baba Tute Chigamba, she’s a long time member of the Mhembero Dance Troupe and part of the internationally known Chigamba Family of dance and mbira musicians. In 1999, Julia left Zimbabwe and came to the US to share the beauty and wisdom of her culture through teaching and performance. Her Chinyakare Ensemble offers a 45-minute school presentation through Youth in Arts, highlighting traditional instruments, music and dance from Zimbabwe and explaining the important role of women in Zimbabwean traditions and celebrations.
This video features a KMTP-TV segment on Julia and her efforts to bring Zimbabwean music and dance to the U.S.
Joti Singh is a choreographer, performer and teacher of Bhangra dance from Punjab, India, and more contemporary “Bollywood” dance. She also works in West African dance forms from Guinea, West Africa, where she has traveled extensively. She leads the Duniya Dance and Drum Ensemble and has received prestigious awards for creating and performing new work, especially exploring cross-cultural connections through dance. Duniya’s Indian dance presentation for schools features traditional and contemporary dance from India, performed by Joti and her company of women dancers. Joti will explain where each dance originates and talk about the role of women in the arts both here and in India.
Here is video of Joti and Duniya dancers on the Youth in Arts Global Stage at the 2010 Marin County Fair:
Kumu Hula Shawna Alapa’i has been a professional dancer and teacher of ancient and modern hula for 39 years. As a professional dancer, she traveled the world performing in countries such as Africa, Germany, France, Asia, Bali, Hong Kong, Japan and even danced before a royal audience in the Taj Mahal in India. She has performed for such dignitaries as the King of Singapore, as well as for the general population throughout her world travels. Her group, Halau Na Pua O Ka La’akea offers Hawaiian dance, language and arts classes and performs for a wide range of audiences. Shawna’s presentation for schools includes traditional ancient Hawaiian chanting, drumming and dancing, interwoven with modern Hawaiian hula, singing and music. Students can learn about the role of women in traditional Hawaiian arts and in hula today.
Here is Shawna performing a contemporary hula with musician Faith Ako at “Kokua Japan,” a 2011 San Francisco event supporting tsunami relief for Japan.
Joti Singh and Duniya Dance and Drum Company performed three amazing back-to-back assembly performances at Redwood High School this month. The shows were very well received by both staff and students. The high-energy Indian dance and drumming had students enthralled, and after each number the dancers and musicians received loud cheers. Students rushed onto the stage when offered the opportunity to learn some dance steps from the performers!
Duniya Dance Gets Students Out on the Floor!
After one of the shows, Joti even had students raising their hands and asking where they could study dance with her!
Bay Area author/illustrator Elisa Kleven will read from her award-winning books and we’ll follow up with a sing-along from Youth in Arts’ production of The Paper Princess and the Piñata.
December 17, 11 am
Youth in Arts917 C St. (between 3rd & 4th)
While you’re here, you can enjoy ¡Vuela! Paper Princess, an interactive exhibition of Elisa’s work with scenery and costumes from the Youth in Arts show. You can also shop in our YIA Store, featuring handmade gifts for the holidays.
If you’d also like to enjoy cocoa and cookies with Elisa and create beautiful collages right alongside her in our Studio, we are holding a special RSVP-only event for YIA donors. Email us for more information.
This was featured at Palo Alto Summer Rock Camp 2011. Lilan has been teaching there the past three summers and this summer served as Assistant Director. There were about 30 kids each week through the month of July. The camp runs weekly and culminates with a concert on Friday night. They work in ensembles and prepare 3-4 songs to perform on Friday. Lilan taught all the parts (horns, guitar, keys, drums, vocals). They also hold rhythm class, ear training, theory, as well as instrument classes where students can focus on their specific instrument outside of their band.
As Lilan says, “It’s really an awesome experience and has become extremely popular with kids returning every summer, some for 5 or 6 years now. “
October is a great time to select a program for your school celebrating the unique artistic traditions of Mexico, Central and South America and the Carribean. National Hispanic Heritage Month runs through October 15, celebrating the cultures and contributions of American citizens with roots in these regions, and the important Meso-American holiday of Dia de los Muertos follows right behind on November 1-2.
Youth in Arts is proud to offer your students a wide range of unique arts learning experiences with roots in these diverse parts of the world. Bring one of our artists to your school now, or throughout the year.
Click below to find out more about some of the 45-minute performances available through our School Assemblies Program:
Our Artists in Schools program can also provide residencies of any duration in the above music and dance, or visual arts residencies in forms like Cartonería (creation of painted sculptures from recycled paper or cardboard), Huichol yarn painting or the making of traditional Meso-American musical instruments.
National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the cultures and contributions of American citizens with roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The federal observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period that includes the September 15 independence celebrations for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, as well as Mexican and Chilean independence days on September 16 and September 18 and Día de la Raza (Columbus Day) on October 12. Many communities continue celebrations through October to include Dia de los Muertos on November 1-2.