II. American Multicultural Heritage Music Workshop
III. American Multicultural Heritage Dance Workshop
IV. Life, Lore, & the Canal Era: Historic Images Forum
V. In-depth Projects; Culminating & Sharing Events
Students discover multi-cultural & historical interrelationships as they become immersed in this vibrant portrait of Canal Era culture and lore.
in music, instruments, folkways, literature, and dance are the creative
artistic centerpieces of this workshop/performance artist residency sequence.
Topics in Social Studies curriculum are also illuminated by music, dance, and
visual arts (including immigration, how 19th c. settlers adapted to
American culture; the importance of waterways in economic development; cultural
impact of canals, and more.) Historic photographs and paintings can be explored
as documents, in a 'Document Based Query' (DBQ) component. Language Arts Skills
are enriched through theatrical performance, tall tales, guided discussions,
and if desired, coordinated teacher-driven student writing projects.
Assembly Program/Workshops may be offered as individual enrichment,
-or in a Mini-Residency Sequence, -or in context of a custom residency
Mini-residencies may run anywhere from 1 to 5 days. In-depth residencies run 2-3 weeks, and may incorporate student playwriting, instrument building/playing, and other projects. Longer residencies often feature a unifying project goals --- such as a History Pageant or a 19th Century Faire – and can incorporate additional projects such as ballads as oral literature, songwriting, costuming, dance calling. A variety of funding resources are available for residencies; please inquire for application information, guidelines, and deadlines.
Part 1. "15 Miles on the Erie Canal" Participatory Folk Performance
Tall tales, vintage instruments, and actual historic characters bring history to life in this vibrant, interactive portrait of the Erie Canal. Crafted in the popular 19th century style of a 'folk operetta,' this is an authentic performance piece that totally immerses audiences in the Canal Era, featuring cameo roles, participatory movement, and favorite canal sing-alongs.
Accompanying their performance on historic instruments - including hammer dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, hurdy gurdy, and squeezeboxes - the Bromkas’ spirited musicality and portrayal of canal personages Captain Simon Slick and Irish cook Sallie Waters is nurtured by an enthusiasm born of first-hand memories and a lifetime of fascination with this legendary waterway. Audiences and Participants will enthusiastically follow their lead as singing time travelers, accompanied by Sal, the amazing legendary mule (and a guest from your audience!)
Meets Multiple Learning Standards in Arts; ELA; Math/Science/Technology; Social Studies
An interactive workshop program crafted to bring to life the people, culture, & history of the Canal Era, with an emphasis on helping students discover historical and multicultural interrelationships. Using masterfully played historical instrument collection as a starting point, the artists teach across the curriculum, connecting music with history, geography, immigration, and multicultural topics.
What are the origins of present-day our unique and distinctive cultural character? How did diverse immigrant cultures become Americanized? In this up-close, interactive workshop, the artists use their historic instrument collection to address the importance of immigrant cultural contributions, transportation, economics, and other social factors important in the shaping of a region. Whether Irish (harp, bagpipes, pennywhistle), French (hurdy gurdy), German (hackbrett/ hammered dulcimer), African-American (banjo), or English (squeezebox)...music clearly imparts the special flavor of each culture’s unique contribution.
Meets Multiple Learning Standards in Arts; English Language Arts; Languages Other than English; Occupational; Math/Science; Social Studies
Part III. Multicultural Dance Heritage Workshop
Meets Multiple Learning Standards in Arts; English Language Arts; PE; Social Studies
Part IV. Life and Lore Along the Canal: Historic Images
Historic paintings, photographs, maps, and other documents provide an informed and accurate understanding of what life was like during our Canal Era. In this program, students reflect upon and discuss a collection of primary source images, to gain appreciation and understanding of a historian’s techniques and processes. They develop critical thinking skills as students learn how to build and support concepts with scaffolding questions, and to extract information to support new ideas. Participants will leave with an understanding of the important role that canals played in American history, of the people who came to build them, and how their lives and culture compare with our own. Limited audience size allows for lively dialogue that involves students.
Costuming Option: Students can prepare for their culminating event by learning how to assemble simple costumes and accessories, as evidenced in the primary source materials presented in the slide forum.
Meets Multiple Learning Standards in Arts; ELA; Math/Science/Tech; Social Studies
Part V. In-Depth Projects/Culminating Events: These range from a simple Sharing Informances by dance workshop participants --- to student collaborative song-writing, or tall-tale skit-writing activities and performances --- to thematic Historic Faires or Canal Festivals. Residencies may also incorporate heritage instrument building and/or playing. Request more information from artists.
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