ETC Children’s Arts Events Celebrate American Diversity

January 7th, 2004 by Adam

Children from kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to “experience the ethnic diversity that makes America great” during the All-American Children’s Workshops and Arts Festival presented by the Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) during January 2004 at Plymouth State University and Plymouth Elementary School.

“The After-School Workshops and Children’s Arts Festival are a way for ETC to involve every child in the area who wishes to become a part of ETC,” says ETC Artistic Director Trish Lindberg. Unfortunately, we were only able to cast approximately 75 children in Mail to the Chief and the Young Actor’s Ensemble out of the close to 150 who auditioned. The workshops and festival provide wonderful arts experiences for everyone. The workshops and festival are coordinated by Michelle Fistek and Robb Dimmick, who work with the artists to make sure that each child feels inspired and valued.”

Children may register for one or more workshops, as well as the daylong Arts Festival on January 10. The fee for each workshop is $35 and the Arts Festival fee is $25. The following workshops are being offered:

Art I (Grades 1 – 3), Wednesdays, January 7, 14 and 21 from 3 – 5 p.m.

Art II (Grades 4 – 6), Tuesdays, January 6, 13 and 20 from 3:30 – 5:15 p.m. Both will be held in Draper & Maynard room 311 at PSU. Come create an American masterpiece.

Drama (Grades 3 – 5), Wednesdays, January 7, 14, and 21 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. at Plymouth Elementary School. Discover what it’s like to be an actor. Practice your dramatic skills with us.

Circus Arts (Grades 3 – 5), Tuesdays, January 6, 13 and 20 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. at Plymouth Elementary School. Join the circus! Learn to juggle and try other skills used in the circus. No experience necessary.

Creative Writing (Grades 3 – 5), Thursdays, January 8, 15 and 22 from 3:30 –
5 p.m. at Plymouth Elementary School. Do you like to write? Do you need some practice writing? Join this fun workshop where you can tell us your story.

Drumming (Grades 3 – 5), Wednesday and Friday, January 21 & 23, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Plymouth Elementary School. A special workshop on African drumming. Limited to 15 students.

All-American Children’s Arts Festival January 10

The Arts Festival is open to all students, kindergarten through sixth grade. The festival runs from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 10 at the PSU Silver Cultural Arts Center. Students should bring a bag lunch. Snacks will be provided. Activities include African American dance, Latin American food and culture, Circus Magic, Native American crafts and Vaudeville variety.

“The Children’s Arts Festival is a chance for children to flex their creative muscles in a day filled with new experiences in the arts,” says Michelle Fistek, education coordinator of ETC. Past arts festivals held in conjunction with ETC’s main stage production have been very successful, drawing over 100 enthusiastic children.”

Some scholarships are available to cover the costs of the workshops and the festival. For further information please contact ETC Education Coordinator Michelle Fistek at (603) 535-2540. ETC is a community arts organization sponsored by Plymouth State University, Friends of the Arts and Plymouth Elementary School.