Masks, Music, Movement & Monologues was held at the Rockwell Museum in Corning on Thursday, September 20th.
From the Rockwell website: The project begins with a tour of The Rockwell collection with a focus on exploring images of nature. Students study how artists in the collection reveal aspects of their cultural and personal identity through their artwork. Over the course of six (three- hour sessions) students create a paper-maché mask (under the direction of a professional artist) which personifies an element of nature (e.g., wind, rain, thunder or fire). Students then write a monologue for the mask and choreograph a movement piece accompanied by professional and student musicians.
The culmination of the program is a performance and reception for an invited audience of family and community members. The program, in particular the culminating performance, provides a unique opportunity for the parents of the students to gain insight about their child and to understand how the community is working together to create valuable learning experiences for their children. It also brings awareness to the community of the positive growth that is possible for youth through an empowering artistic endeavor.