Fort Collins, Colorado

Making Arts Education a Reality

By Dulcie Willis

Making Arts Education a Reality

What happens when you combine history and science with puppets? How about fractions and geometry with hip hop dance?  What happens when you combine professional artists, excited students, caring teachers, enthusiastic administrators, and generous donors?

You get compelling, exciting, fun, interesting, and meaningful arts education presentations provided by the Lincoln Center Support League –  that’s what!

Presentations such as the amazing Dinosaur Zoo Live performance where dinosaurs were brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists. On October 28, 2016, the Support League hosted over 2,000 2nd and 3rd grade students from Bacon, Bauder, Beattie, Bennett, Bethke, Cache La Poudre, Dunn, Eyestone, Harris, Irish, Laurel, Linton, Lopez, McGraw, Olander, O’Dea, Putnam, Rice, Tavelli, Zach Elementary Schools at the Lincoln Center. Teachers exclaimed, “My students loved it” and “They said it was the best day of school ever!”

 

On February 23 and 24, Illstyle and Peace Productions, a hip hop dance group that spreads positive messages, presented “No Bullying, Stop Bullying and Let’s Be Friends” at  Irish Elementary and “Hip Hop Added Up: Putting Your Education First and Getting Focused on Math” at Putnam Elementary School. The group used impressive hip hop dances to integrate and emphasize the importance of education, self-esteem, and consideration of others. Shortly after, the group taught highly energetic and inspiring dance classes to non-dance students and dance majors at Colorado State University. In all, they touched well over 1,000 local students in just two days.

In April, the Support League will invite over 1,100 students from area middle schools to a Lincoln Center performance of Che Malambo. Area 8th grade students will have to opportunity to witness this Argentine dance company’s thrilling, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song spectacle celebrating the traditions of the South American gaucho.

Every season, the Lincoln Center Support League works in partnership with the Lincoln Center and Poudre School District to sponsor school field trips to the Lincoln Center as well as presenting guest artist performances at local schools. This season, the Support League makes arts education a reality thanks to a grant from the Nordson Corporation Foundation along with generous donations from supporters through Colorado Gives Day. Thank you to everyone who has given.

The Lincoln Center Support League is currently seeking new members to serve as officers and volunteer fundraisers for these important and meaningful outreach efforts. If you are interested, please email the Support League at lincolncenters@yahoo.com.

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