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Pizza, Poetry, Puppets and River Journals: “We Celebrate the River”

December 10, 2013 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

We Celebrate the River

Make Art with Artists December 10 at Hollywood on Main

            Throughout spring and fall of 2013 three seasoned and highly respected artists have been working with Montevideo first, second, some third and all fourth graders in a Minnesota State Arts Board funded project “We Celebrate the River.” During the day and evening on Tuesday, December 10 at Hollywood on Main in downtown Montevideo, there will be opportunities for community members to hear original poetry performances, read and admire river journals and experience puppets that represent the creatures of our river valley.

Complimentary pizza will be available at 5:30 for families and individuals while the artists tell about their experiences doing the devoted, high-impact, long-time work of these residencies.  Following this, you, too, families and individuals, can be a part of learning and doing, breaking into creative sessions with these arts professionals to participate in poetry writing, journal making or creating a puppet.

Local poet and cultural treasure Florence Dacey, has 20 years experience doing poetry residencies in the Montevideo elementary schools.  She has guided fourth graders in nature writing on the banks of the Chippewa River as well as in the classroom. Fourth graders will be reading their original river poems, accompanied by Florence and their classmates from 9am-2:30pm.

Visual artist and writer Marie Olofsdotter has worked with first graders writing poetry and making river journals.  This Minnesota State Fair 2013 poster artist is nationally recognized for her wonderful children’s books and illustrations.  She will share the nature of her work and guide a session in journal making.

Puppeteer extraordinaire Margo McCreary began puppetry residences here in Montevideo in 1988. McCreary has developed characters that have evolved through her work with 3rd graders in ISD 129 during the last 25 years. Inspiration for the animal puppets which will be on display came from journeying to and learning about the Chippewa River with area wisdom keepers.

“We Celebrate the River” has benefited from project partners which include the Chippewa River Watershed Project, DNR Fisheries, Clean Up the River Environment (CURE), Dakota Wicohan, the Upper Sioux Community and the Chippewa County Historical Society.

The Montevideo School District is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Arts and Learning grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.  This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


Hollywood on Main
214 S. 1st Street
Montevideo, MN 56265 United States
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