arts education

This past April, Capital Rep announced the winners of its inaugural Young Playwright Contest and the five winning plays are being produced this week and through the weekend.

From costumes to props and sets all designed and built by the REP’s staff, these productions are giving young peoples’ voices a chance to be heard. The plays are directed by Margaret Hall, theREP’s assistant to the artistic director, and performed by theREP’s new Summer Stage Young Acting Company.

Director Margaret Hall and student playwright Jaimie Gaskell join us to discuss how art and community is being fostered and grown.

Gaskell is a tenth grade student at Greenwich Jr./Sr. High School. Her play, Y.A.P.’s Homeless Youth Hostel, takes us into a residence where protagonists from Young Adult novels await the arrival of their prophecy from the United States Post Office.

An Ulster County teaching artist has won a prestigious leadership award.

  Spring Awakening is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the 1891 German play Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-19th century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality and struggling with repression, rejection and lack of information.

Spring Awakening won Best Musical and several other Tony Awards for its original Broadway run. The Theatre Institute at Sage will present a production of the musical this weekend and next at the James L. Meader Little Theater in Troy, NY.

The production’s director, Leigh Strimbeck, joins us now along with Austin Lombardi, Junior Theater Major, who plays Moritz in the show and Kaleigh Cerqua, Senior Theater Major who is the assistant director.

    The duo Honeyhoney - Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo - is playing two shows in the region next weekend.

On April 11th they’ll play a benefit concert for Arts Programs at Mt. Greylock Regional High School where Ben attended and graduated from as a mediocre student (his words). For that show, they’ll play WITH Mt. Grelock’s high school band.

They are also playing a Billsville House Concert at the Elks Lodge in North Adams, MA on April 12th.

    

  The Paul Green Rock Academy is a performance based, interactive music school, built on a method honed over the past 17 years. They believe that the best way to teach most anything, and especially music, is with a hands on approach. Their entire school is dedicated to getting kids playing music in an as authentic way as possible.

Paul Green, founder of The School of Rock, opened The Paul Green Rock Academy in Woodstock, NY about a year ago. On April 8th and 9th the Paul Green Rock Academy will perform at The Bearsville Theatre with special guest, Jon Anderson – playing the music of Yes.

    This summer, The Paul Green Rock Academy proudly presents their first season of summer workshops.

In addition to their legendary year-round program these summer camps for children ages 5-18 are an incredible opportunity for experienced music students and beginners alike. Their camps offer specialized opportunities and incorporate writing, performance and production.

This summer they're offering Rock Strings with Tracy Bonham, Making a Rock Album with Marco Benevento, Analog Recording with Aaron Freeman, Percussion camp with Jason Bowman, and Songwriting with Gail Ann Dorsey.

    As our time at The Hyde Collection draws to a close, we want to meet one more very important member of the team here. June Leary is the Hyde’s Curator of Education and is responsible for the programs and lessons being taught here. Alan - June has been the director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks and Education Manager at The Hyde Collection. Joe – She joins us this morning to give a run-down of her many responsibilities with this summer’s Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit as well for the rest of the museum’s varied mission.

Six public school districts in Columbia County, New York are receiving awards totaling $300,000 from a local foundation to strengthen arts and humanities programs.

The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation recently announced that the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation is donating the money to the Arts and Humanities Funds for the Hudson, Chatham, Germantown, New Lebanon, Ichabod Crane and Taconic Hills Central School Districts.

The money is being awarded to celebrate Columbia County-based artist Ellsworth Kelly’s 90th birthday.

Out of the cuts included in the House Ways and Means proposal, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a public agency that promotes investment in the arts and sciences, is facing a 15 percent reduction in state funding. And arts advocates are moving quickly.

Matt Wilson is head of MASSCreative, an organization that lobbies in support of cultural organizations and arts and sciences education.

Earlier this summer, The Empire State Youth Orchestra traveled to China and South Korea. By the time the trip was over, the musicians had performed seven times in outstanding concert halls in Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul and Yeosu. They also played for U.S. service people and their families on the Army Base in Seoul. We spoke with Conductor Helen Cha-Pyo before the tour and she’s back now to with two student musicians to tell us how it went.

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