Institute of the Arts Announces Schooltime Series

Posted: January 4, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Fulfilling its goal to deliver the experience of live performances to its K through 12 school partners, the Institute of the Arts (IOA) announces a new package of spring performances designed to highlight diversity, themes in literature, history, and fun. The Schooltime Series, the brainchild of IOA director Betsy Brininger, is “a fantastic opportunity for teachers to enhance what’s going on in the classroom through extremely visual and inspiring examples.”

The performance schedule includes Garth Fagan’s Afro-Caribbean-influenced dance troupe (Feb. 17); the classic tale of The Velveteen Rabbit related through dance (March 2 and 3); interpretations of the American group San Jose Taiko on ancient Asian percussion instruments (March 30); a history lesson in the songs of our founding fathers from the Boston Camerata’s Liberty Tree program (March 31); and Theater of the First Amendment’s magical musical collection of folk tales and legends from Appalachia, Sing Down the Moon (March 16, 23, and 30).

“This series offers teachers the opportunity, through affordable prices and convenient times and location, to allow the students to explore art from around the world and from our own country’s rich resources,” says Brininger. “While the institute has offered certain performances before to our K through 12 partners, this is the first time we’ve packaged them like this, and made the selection so varied. With this new program, we’re hopeful that the children will take away some cherished memories after they see the artists at work.”

The Schooltime Series is available to students of all ages in and around Fairfax County. The suggested grade levels (varying from 3rd through 12th grade for different events) assure that the students’ comprehension and attention levels are accommodated. All performances are $3 for students. With every 10 tickets, one free teacher/chaperone ticket is provided. For more information, call outreach coordinator Carrie McVicker at x38670.

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