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MSAC seeks Maryland Performers and Teaching Artists for Arts in Education Rosters

MSAC seeks Maryland Performers and Teaching Artists for Arts in Education Rosters


MSAC seeks Maryland Performers and Teaching Artists for Arts in Education Rosters

July 02, 2014Arts Across Maryland

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking Maryland-based performers and teaching artists to apply for its Visiting Performers and Artist-in-Residence Rosters. The Rosters provide Maryland schools with a vetted list of in-state artists available to be booked to lead workshops or perform in Maryland schools. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 12, 2014.

"Once an artist is on the roster," said MSAC Arts in Education Program Director Chris Stewart, "he or she becomes highly visible to schools and teachers who want to book a performance or arts-integrated workshops for students. Once a teacher selects an artist from the roster, the MSAC's accompanying Visiting Performer or Artist-in-Residence grant helps the school cover part of that artists' fee."

Many of the performers and teaching artists on the MSAC Arts in Education rosters have described their engagements with schools as extremely rewarding. Leila Cobb, a professional illustrator and cartoonist on the Artist-in-Residence Roster was recently selected by Beverly Farms Elementary School to spend 10 weeks teaching 98 students about the history and principles of animation.

She taught students about the use of early optical toys—how to create thaumatropes and flip-books, and drew animated cycles for the zoetrope. Ultimately, students employed the tools, techniques and vocabulary of a professional animator to create storyboards and sequential drawings, and finally, to film their work. One student noted, “What I liked about this project is that it gave each of us a chance to show our personality.” 


Cabib’s time at Beverly Farms Elementary School culminated in a collaborative final project in which students produced “The Extraordinary Fifth-Grade Field Trip,” a 14-minute animated video composed of 6,438 unique drawings. "I wanted to give the students real-world experience as filmmakers whose finished project would be seen by their school and the local community." said Cabib, “We screened the video at the school for students and their parents. It is now posted on YouTube, and will be aired on Montgomery County Public Schools TV channel."

Artists on the Visiting Performers and Artist-in-Residence Rosters include dancers, musicians, visual artists, puppeteers, poets, playwrights and theater groups. "The difference between the rosters is that Artists-in-Residence are invited into schools to hold workshops that can last number of days or weeks," said Stewart, "Visting Performers are booked by a school to perform on a single occasion."