THE ART OF STORYTELLING
OCTOBER 10: Pre-Conference
OCTOBER 11 & 12: Conference
The Art of Storytelling - The act of storytelling has been around long before recorded history. From cave paintings to teaching children to read picture books today, we have been engaging the imagination through stories throughout history. Stories have been critical in our communities and lives as a way to help us remember our history. Stories teach, entertain and inspire us.
FRIDAY KEYNOTE: Monica Leo
SATURDAY KEYNOTE: Edwin Gil
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Monica Leo is a first generation American, born to German refugees in the waning days of World War Two. After the war, her parents ordered a set of hand puppets from a German craftswoman, and Monica was hooked. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Monica studied for two years at the State Art Academy in Düsseldorf, Germany with Josef Beuys.
Since 1974, she has been the sole puppet creator and lead puppeteer of Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, headquartered in West Liberty, Iowa, and touring nationally and internationally. From 1975 through 2006, she worked with artistic partner Teri Jean Breitbach. The two performed exclusively as a duo until the 1990's, when they began to incorporate musicians and other puppeteers.
Gil’s Home Sweet Home project achieved critical acclaim by actively involving the children of the Charlotte school system in the creation of a giant mural. As a result of this project, Gil met with then Senator of New York and current Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and presented her with one of his paintings.
Edwin has overcome numerous obstacles to become one of America’s premier Latino Artists. In his Faces of Diversity Project, Edwin shares his story of triumph and how it helped shape his idea of social awareness through art. Edwin takes you on his journey across Europe with his Nuestra Bandera, Nuestro Pais, Nuestro Hogar (Our Flag, Our Country, Our Home) project with images and music as he tells the stories of the more than 25,000 people who participated in his global art project. Most recently, Edwin toured North Carolina with his Flag of Hope collecting handprints, stories and memories to make the nation’s first ever flag made with the handprints of North Carolinians. With these types of adventures behind him, Edwin is sure to motivate and spread his message of hope to all that encounter this feel good presentation.
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IOWA: SITE SPECIFIC
OCTOBER 12-13, 2018
BUENA VISTA COLLEGE, STORM LAKE
Pre-conference October 11th
Post-conference Enjoy the Artisans Road Trip self guided studio tour October 14th!
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Session Descriptions HERE
Iowa is home to communities that are as opposite as rural and urban, or majority minority and homogeneous. How do you respond to your specific community characteristics and student needs in your corner of the state of Iowa? Whether your district is consolidated or inner city, public or charter, you can connect with other educators who share the same challenges and experiences throughout the state. What do you have to offer to teachers in very different districts to yours?
Stayed tuned to see sessions from rural Iowa art teachers, art teaches in special education settings, art programs serving a highly diverse population, as well as hands on learning from Iowa's teaching artists.
Friday Keynote Panel
Connecting to Your Audience
Jennifer Drinkwater, Iowa State
Heidi Fuchtman, Youth Art Team
Ian Coon, Student Voice
Site Specific Sculpture
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