We had a fantastic time presenting on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at the UFT Citywide Arts Conference with Dance Director Shireen Dickson and Artistic Director Eli Yamin. Over 40 teachers sang and moved with us as we introduced the music and story of Holding the Torch For Liberty, about the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement and explored the jazz aesthetic and its potential to enliven the study of language, social studies and the arts.
What a pleasure and honor it was to work with Mississippi Teachers at the Whole Schools Institute in Meridian, Mississippi July 19, 20 and 21. 3 hours a day for 3 days we worked on the workshop version of Nora’s Ark, the jazz musical by myself and Clifford Carlson. Some folks started out with a lot of experience such as Karen, singer and music teacher from Nora Davis Magnet School in Laurel. But there were others who never did anything like this before. Most hands went up at the end of the 3 days when asked, “Who feels like they could put on a jazz musical like this with their class?” So now we can’t wait to see how things unfold. Where will the next Mississippi production of Nora’s Ark take place? Thanks to Sonya Robinson, my partner teaching artist. We couldn’t have done it without you. And thanks to the Mississippi Arts Commission. I’m honored and thrilled to be a part of this great gathering of teachers and artists!