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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 1, 2014

Summer creative art courses offered

By David Hotle | Jun 13, 2014

A new series of workshops is being offered this summer that will teach area people everything from drama to genealogy to gourmet cooking.
The Washington Summer Creative Arts and Drama (SCAD) Group has partnered with Kirkwood Community College’s continuing education department to provide the new options for summer learning. The workshops will be held on a variety of days beginning June 16 and running through June 27. Organizer Jan Gallagher said that the hope is to offer workshops of this kind over the summer for years to come.
“It is based on a program that was popular during the 1970s,” she said. “It was called ‘Summer Creative Arts and Drama.’ It began with a group of college kids who came home and wanted to do Shakespeare.”
She said the club went on for several years, growing into a workshop. They also performed Shakespeare’s plays, such as “The Tempest” and “Macbeth.” The plays were student directed and acted.
Organizer Bob Youngquist said that with plans for a new auditorium in the school district, organizers wanted to ensure they were reaching out to the entire county and provide activities.  
“The thought was that we want to serve the area and not just the high school with this auditorium,” Youngquist said. “We really want to reach out to the county and the whole area and provide all kinds of experiences. We have all kinds of ideas in mind. The first is the SCAD program with the idea that it will eventually be housed in the auditorium.”
Gallagher said about 12 courses are offered. It will run 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. each morning. People can choose which classes to attend. Classes will be held at Washington High School.
One class Gallagher is excited about is the ‘Build Your Own Musical’ class, taught by Ross Schumaker, the Mid-Prairie Middle School band director. She said that students will write their own musical, produce it and perform it.
More information is available by calling the Kirkwood Washington Center at 653-4655 or at <www. kirkwood.edu/ce.>

Comments (1)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jun 13, 2014 15:10

Chautauqua, on a long, skinny lake in the southwestern corner of New York State, is the sort of bucolic place where folks like to go for slow-lane vacations, but there's much more to it than ice-cream cones and ferry rides. Something important happened here in 1874 that changed the way Americans think about leisure time—the first Chautauqua Assembly. Originally a training ground for Methodist Sunday school teachers, it went on to demonstrate the role of learning in the perpetuation of democracy. It was, President Theodore Roosevelt said, "the most American thing in America."

Folks gather in Bestor Plaza for the Chautauqua Community Band's Independence Day concert.(Courtesy the Chautauqua Institution)

The leafy 750-acre lakeside campus of the Chautauqua Institution draws 8,000 people for its nine-week summer season, and thousands more attend art openings and performances of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Company and the School of Dance. Yet the classes and lectures are still the main attraction. Last summer Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discoursed on how the law is treated in opera. This summer: global hunger, the democratic future of Egypt and the filmmaker Ken Burns on American consciousness. "Our founders didn't see 'happiness' as a pursuit of material wealth in a marketplace of things," says Burns, "but a celebration of lifelong learning in a marketplace of ideas. Chautauqua is that marketplace."

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