Contact:  anita@onewhoplantsseeds.net

717.201.5477

Age Group for Residencies:  pre-K, elementary, middle, secondary, young adult, adult, senior

Special Groups:  LGBQIA+, transgender and non-binary, autism, mental health needs, eating disorders, chronic illness, different ability, family violence, trauma, US newcomers, parents, families

Special Project: Everything I need to know about sex, I (should) have learned in kindergarten. This sexuality education writing project is for older teens, young adults, adults, and seniors.

Artist’s Statement

My teaching follows a community arts model within a social justice framework. What does that mean?   I tailor-design workshops to meet specific needs and explore social issues including sexuality, gender, human relationships, trauma, anger management, eating disorders, body image, human diversity and culture, and mental health using the expressive arts. This all began more than 25 years ago when I worked with a small group of teens who lived hard lives in rural Pennsylvania. We made group poems, listened to and interpreted music, played expressive games, shared dreams, and told stories. Since then, the bulk of my work has been in urban Lancaster, PA.

In my programs, students feel heard and valued. Students begin to figure out who they can trust, how their experiences and their individual personality shape their lives, and what their strengths are. I utilize community resources and experiential modalities in ways that help learners gain new skills, identify sustainable strategies, and achieve general well-being.   I draw from cognitive, systems, social learning and empowerment theories in the teaching/learning process. This is applied with children, teens and adults of all ages in schools and community spaces.

My long and closely-held tenet in every expressive endeavor is that of seed planting. It’s all about the ideas and how those ideas flow within and between people; and how the energy of ideas connects and synergizes small groups and larger communities. I believe that we all have capabilities in art, to be creative in our own unique ways. I believe this is true of people with varying physical and emotional capacities and people holding diverse frames of reference.

Davidson
Genre:
Composition, instrument making
Contact:
 www.tinadavidson.com
tina@tinadavidson.com

Age Group for Residencies:

Artist’s Statement: Tina Davidson, a highly regarded American composer, creates music that stands out for its emotional depth and lyrical dignity.  She has been acclaimed for her authentic voice, her “vivid ear for harmony and colors” (New York Times) and her works of “transfigured beauty” (OperaNews).  She writes “real music, with structure, mood, novelty, and harmonic sophistication – with haunting melodies that grow out of complex, repetitive rhythms” (Philadelphia Inquirer) that is both “intellectually rigorous and deeply moving” (Star-Tribune).

Over her forty-year career, Davidson has been commissioned by well-known ensembles such as National Symphony Orchestra, OperaDelaware, Roanoke Symphony, Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, VocalEssence, Kronos Quartet, Mendelssohn String Quartet, Cassatt Quartet, and public television (WHYY-TV).  Her music has been widely performed by many orchestras and ensembles, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Musicopia String Orchestra, and Orchestra 2001.  She was commissioned in 2011 by violinist, Hilary Hahn, who recorded her work on Deutsche Grammophon. The compact disc won a GRAMMY in 2015.

Recently Davidson was honored by the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra with their 2015 Annual Composer Award.  The Symphony premiered of two of her works, Barefoot and First Light for string orchestra.  In May 2015, she was selected to give a prestigious TEDx talk about her work in community settings.  She lives in Lancaster, PA.

 

Residency with artist Tina Davidson, Spring Ridge Elementary, Spring 2019

https://www.wlvt.org/blogs/berks/young-composers/

Credle
Genre:
Hip-hop, Spoken Word, Theater
Contact:

(717) 209-1483
milancredlemusic@gmail.com

Age Group for Residencies: Secondary (ages 14-18), adult

Artist’s Statement: I am a professional recording artist. I am also an actor and a poet. I love the creative, performing, and visual arts and I have found my niche in creating excellent music that uplifts people. With my distinct and various skills in music—from songwriting, recording, producing—I want to encourage and assist students to think outside the box to express themselves freely and creatively. I believe that I have everything from knowledge to experience to offer students, teacher, and educators alike—the artistic skills they need to enrich their learning and their lives.

holmes

Genre: Theater arts, Puppetry, Storytelling
Contact:
(301) 524-7116
is julie@themopic.com

Age Group for Residencies:  early childhood, elementary, senior citizens
Artist’s Statement: Sharing my art with an audience is always a gift; however, sharing creativity with students and seniors is especially meaningful to me. I am drawn to sharing my art in this manner to reach more people throughout the community. Using a blend of mediums, I work to reinforce curriculum and work through subjects through an artistic lens. From Storytelling, to puppetry, to theater, I integrate my knowledge in unique group and individual activities. I believe in the power of imagination and believe that I can use it to illustrate things that lectures and textbooks cannot. I can help to breathe life into memories for seniors. It is my mission that through art I infuse life into the mundane.

Fogel
Contact: michelledgregoire@gmail.com

Age Group for Residencies:  Grades 2-5

Artist’s Statement: I am a trained teaching artist in the Neighborhood Bridges critical literacy program, developed by the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis. This nationally recognized program allows students to become the storytellers of their own lives by analyzing and interrogating myth, fairy tales, and folk tales from around the world. Students then write their own stories and produce short performances and play’s based on their creative work. Recognized by the federal government’s Department of Education as an effective model for arts education, CTC was awarded a grant to disseminate the program nationally. Our program has shown improved outcomes in ELA and creative and critical thinking for students in our local public schools.

Crocamo
Contact:
tonychris1971@gmail.com

Age Group for Residencies:  K-12, adults, senior citizens

Artist’s Statement: Clear and effective communications increase our chances of success in our educational efforts our careers and in our personal relationships. The ability to tell stories is essential to clear and effective communications. Stories build rapport, establish bonds, and make us and our messages memorable.

We all have stories. But not all of us know where to find them or how to craft a story to establish connections and build trust between us and our audience. Successful people use stories to inspire, to share their vision of a better, future, and to help us realize the path to get there.

My storytelling workshops explore sources of stories available to everyone and give each participant the skills needed to organize stories for maximum effect. Attendees learn the importance of storytelling as a communications and leadership tool. Participants leave the seminar understanding how and why stories create bonds and build trust. During workshops  each attendee creates a story and pics up the knowledge and skills needed to find, craft, and tell additional stories to effectively communicate ideas, concepts, and vision I enjoy helping others to harness the power of storytelling to improve their communication skills, build trust, and forge a bond with listeners.

Clarke
Contact:
(301) 524-7116
is julie@themopic.com

Age Group for Residencies:  early childhood, elementary, senior citizens

Artist’s Statement: Growing up in Philadelphia PA, Rita developed a fascination with different cultures and a love for the spoken word. After working several years in the school districts of Philadelphia and Lititz, PA, she combined her passion for history, culture, teaching and entertaining and turned it into a career in storytelling.  With a repertoire of classic and original stories, Underground Railroad story presentations, and workshops on the art of storytelling, Rita was an inaugural performer at the annual Lititz Storytelling Festival in Lititz, PA and has been blessed to be an artist in residence at the Lititz Elementary School, in her hometown of Lititz PA. Rita has shared at schools, universities, festivals, churches, community and private events in and around Lancaster County, PA.  Rita has also added acting to her repertoire. She has performed in productions for the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, Theater for Transformation, Creative Works of Lancaster and most recently, Denman-Turner Entertainment Group.