The Blue Moon
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  VOL. 12  NO. 3

May/June 2005
In This Issue
bullet Kentucky Hosts National Craft Conference
bullet On the National Front
bullet Arts Council News
bullet Craft Marketing News
bullet Arts in Education
bullet Focus on Folklife
bullet Resources and Reports
bullet Quotable Quote
bullet Hot Dates

Kentucky: Unbridaled Spirit, The Kentucky Arts Council

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Arts in Education

They're Baaack!
Faubush 2005: Design Your Own Professional Development

This summer the Kentucky Arts Council offers educators and parents the second annual Design Your Own Professional Development seminar, a unique opportunity to design their own professional development classes to address cultural connections through the core content areas. A similar program offered in 2004 quickly sold out and many of those who attended expressed interest in returning this summer. The two day workshops are designed to benefit arts and humanities teachers, arts specialists, social studies teachers, classroom generalists, special education teachers, language arts teachers, library media specialists, parent coordinators, FRYSC directors -- or any educator interested in teaching the arts through culture and culture through the arts.

From Monday evening, July 18th through the afternoon of Wednesday, July 20th, teachers can immerse themselves in hands-on cultural arts experiences led by professional working artists who also teach in school settings through the KAC Artist Teacher Initiated Projects. Participants this summer will receive 12 hours of professional development by attending four workshops of their own choosing. They may, for example, choose to study one arts discipline across several cultures, or they may choose to study four diverse disciplines through one culture.

Among the smorgasbord of concurrent offerings for elementary and middle school educators are Native American, West African, Caribbean and Latino, as well as colonial American and Appalachian folk dance cultures. Visual arts workshops include mask making in Native American and West African cultures, West African Asafo and Adinkra, Appalachian basket making, Asian batik art, Navajo sand paintings and Ojibway dream catchers. Participants can also learn how to integrate watercolor painting with the study of Kentucky's history or environment, or how to create pop-up books of Kentucky history. Musical and storytelling cultures include those from Asia, Africa, Native America and Appalachia, as well a diversity of musical styles. There will also be a session on Greek theatre. In addition to hands-on learning experiences, participants will acquire new ways to engage students in experiencing and responding to the arts and culture of diverse cultures.

The seminar takes place at the Kentucky Leadership Center near Faubush, KY. Optional evening activities include nature walks, a bonfire on the shores of Lake Cumberland and free entertainment provided by some of Kentucky's finest artists. The price is $180/ per participant and includes lodging, meals, snacks, and resource materials. When teaching team members enroll together, subsequent enrollees receive a $10 discount.

To check out the options and to register online for this exciting professional development opportunity, log onto and click on the link named Faubush 2005: Design Your Own Professional Development. Space is limited, so register early. Registration closes June 1st.

Arts Council Announces Arts Education Roster Artists for 2005-2006 School Year

The new Roster of Artists will feature 42 artists available to Kentucky schools through the Kentucky Arts Council's various residency programs, including the Teacher Initiated, Alternative Connections (youth-at-risk) and ArtStart! (early childhood) Programs, as well as the School-Community-Arts-Parents-Partnership Program. During the course of a residency, artists demonstrate their art forms and share their ideas, creativity and talents with students and teachers.

The selection of artists is an adjudicated process and the criteria includes evidence of high-quality artistic work in visual or performing arts (including theatre, dance and music) literary arts, folk and traditional arts, and media arts or any combination of art forms. Prospective artists must also demonstrate that they have the skills and competencies needed to work with teachers and students in designing and implementing arts programs. .

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