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Cultural Arts at Marshall School

 

The PTA Cultural Arts Committee at Marshall Elementary School helps to schedule and plan a year’s worth of interactive assemblies for the school. The assemblies take place during the school day and teachers and staff are encouraged to incorporate what they are seeing into their classes and conversations. 

This year’s theme for cultural arts at Marshall is about
Storytelling: Honoring our past. Imagining our future.

We will spend the year teaching our children to tell stories through movement, music, art and words. Marshall students will hear and see acts portraying stories about our diverse cultures. These assemblies will be very interactive and will help the children create their own stories through writing, drawing, various presentation forms, imaginative play and dance. PTA fundraising efforts support the school's budget by directly funding educational materials, additional curriculum tools, school events, and other enhancements that make Marshall special.

Interested in donating or getting involved? You can reach out to culturalarts@marshall-pta.org.

 

 

 

Redhawk Native American Dancers performs at Marshall

The Redhawk Native American Arts Council’s performing artists have been sharing Native American dance, music, art and history. The program entertain, educate and foster a positive image of our nation’s first culture. Redhawk’s program combines traditions from various nations, helping our students understand the vast differences between Native American Nations. They will be at Marshall School on May 10th to share the cultural traditions first-hand to our students and may even include some form of audience participation!

 

By combining live singing and drumming with traditional dances, social dances, and articulate verbal interpretation. Redhawk’s dance troupe members are not just performers but Native American artists and educators, who have spent their lives learning cultural traditions and history from family members and tribal elders. By sharing the origin and history of the dances, as well as the meaning of our traditional regalia, we provide the audience with authentic interpretations.

These assemblies are for students only. We encourage you to talk with your children about what they will be seeing each month and ask them how they liked the show and what they learned.

 

      

 

Broadway comes to Marshall 

Broadway comes to Marshall School this month as we celebrate the world of theater with the Young Performers of America on March 2018. The Broadway stars from Aladdin, The Lion King and Wicked are coming to Marshall. Get ready to sing, dance, and act your way through a special day of Broadway magic right here at Marshall.

 

Monday, March 12 | First graders fly into Agrabah with Broadway Star Telly Leung who plays the lead role of Aladdin and Aladdin cast member and Dance captain Mike Cannon.

 

Tuesday, March 13 | Kindergarteners experience the Circle of Life with The Lion King Broadway stars Rodie Fiederlman and Kimberly Maracle.

 

Thursday, March 15 | Second Grade and Multi-Age classrooms, get ready to travel to Oz with Broadway stars Glinda (Kara Lindsay) and Elphaba (Caroline Bowman).

 

 

 

 

Science Tellers

Science Tellers brings science to life! Throughout the story, volunteers from the audience help us explore the incredible science behind clouds, combustion, air pressure, physical and chemical changes, inertia, scientific variables and more. With the help of the Marshall students, they conducted science experiments to bring an exciting story to life. 

 

 

 

Story Pirates

We kicked off the Cultural Arts programming on September 27th with Story Pirates, the nationally respected education and media organization that turns kids' original stories into wild sketch comedy musicals featuring professional actors. They showed our students just how amazing their ideas are! The Story Pirates will perform a second show for in February where student’s own stories will be featured on stage. Story Pirates was a huge success according to the teachers who said the students “were smiling, laughing, contributing, and just overall so excited! The opportunities for them to be engaged and involved made it such a wonderful experience. It was so fulfilling to see them experiencing content that they are learning in such a unique way, as the stories truly came alive.”

 

 

 

African American storyteller Queen Nur

Our second assembly will be on October 11th and will feature the famous African American storyteller Queen Nur. Queen Nur is an international storyteller and teaching artist. She travels around the country and sometimes around the world telling stories. She’s been to Canada and Ghana on storytelling trips, and does about 170 appearances and events each year. She practices the African tradition of “Jaliya” in her storytelling, which she says is about passing on the stories, but also passing on the morals and values, telling a story with a need and telling stories that effect change. Marshall teachers will be given a student guide prior to Queen Nur’s arrival so they can incorporate some of her teaching in their lessons.

 

 

In addition, the cultural arts team also oversees Groove on Grove which brings musical talent to our children’s lunchrooms once a month.

PTA fundraising efforts support the school's budget by directly funding educational materials, additional curriculum tools, school events, and other enhancements that make Marshall special. 

 

Interested in donating or getting involved? You can reach out to culturalarts@marshall-pta.org.

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