Voices from the Field Arts Academy

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June 17-22, 2018
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA

For students entering grades 7-8 in September 2017, chosen by OSPI’s Migrant Education Program.

Centrum presents the second year in a three-year commitment to arts education for students in Washington State’s Migrant Education Program.

The goal of Voices from the Field Arts Academy is to provide outstanding arts experiences for middle school students in Washington State’s Migrant Education programs. Many of these students have not had a lot of opportunity to experience the arts in their regular school day. Some struggle academically trying to keep up to grade level in the face of moving from school to school while their families move for their work. OSPI believes that their experiences in meaningful arts classes will both inspire them to find their own strengths and creativity and be an avenue through which increased literacy and academic development takes place.

For this program, Centrum is collaborating with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Education’s (OSPI) Migrant Education Program and five schools from Washington State. Anne Banks, OSPI’s program Supervisor for the Arts is also assisting, as well as Beverly Buehler from Arts Impact, which is a comprehensive professional development arts program for classroom teachers under the wing of the Puget Sound Educational Service District.

With 60 students, their chaperones and a cohort of teachers from their schools, the week at Centrum is a complete arts immersion. Theater, Visual Art, Poetry, Dance and Music take center stage for one week, guided by an outstanding artist faculty and the idea that the arts reveal essential insights and ways of learning that can resonate meaningfully in the lives of young people.


Art as Activism, Theater with Jéhan Òsanyìn

Art as Activism will explore how through theater, young people are artists and activists at the same time.  You will learn improvisation, character development, playwriting, and scene development.  This class relies on the participants’ creativity and willingness to have fun and explore difficult subjects.

Creative Rhythms, Music with Eduardo Mendonça

Students will create their own rhythms in an intuitive, spontaneous way. Brazilian instruments will be available as well as buckets, plastic oil pans and anything that can make sound. Learn to play traditional and contemporary Brazilian grooves like Samba, Baião and Samba-Reggae. And enjoy playing as an ensemble with an instructor who has performed for celebrities such as Nelson Mandela, Pope John II and the 14th Dalai Lama!

Folklorico, Dance with Luna Garcia (photo by Joshua Trujillo)

Learn traditional Mexican folkloric dance in this class with Luna. This dance is high energy with lots of movement and footwork! Folklorico is a combination of Mexican culture and history translated into rhythm and body movement. Dancing as a group, we work on coordination and expression.

You’ll learn dances from the Costa Chica Region of the state of Guerrero focused on the style known as Chilenas. To find the beginning of this style you have to go to South America and Chile. The dances were introduced to Guerrero during the California “gold rush” in which Chilean ships stopped in Costa Chica for supplies, allowing the sailors to share their lively dances with locals, who took the dances and made them their own.

Drawing All Ways with Klara Glosova

In this class you will learn all about drawing as a useful tool for personal expression. We will explore drawing’s relationship to other forms of image-making such as photography, consider the physicality of drawing and expand it into three dimensions. We will practice drawing from observation, work collaboratively and use various techniques and tools including colored pencils, inks and collage.

Wearable Art with Margie McDonald

Learn to create wearable art using paper, tape, scissors, staplers, string and other crazy materials. This class will explore the cultural influences of art on the body. Craft and art combine as you tape or staple your way to the creation of a new, wearable piece of art. Your work becomes a blend of clothing, costume and sculpture. We will look at samples of past and present wearable art and make our own art piece to wear on the runway.

Spoken Word with Daemond Arrindell

“Who are you?” is sometimes a difficult question to answer. Society often wrongly assigns labels that show only one small part of the complex, amazing human creatures we are. In this class with Daemond, you will address the ways that others see you and you will decide for yourselves who you really are and how you want to be seen. Spoken Word is a style of poetry that is meant to be performed. You will be bringing to life dynamic voices and stories through writing prompts, imagery, metaphor, and individual as well as group poems.


daemond-arrindellDaemond Arrindell is a poet, performer, and teaching artist and an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University, Cornish College for the Arts and Tacoma’s School of the Arts. He has performed in venues across the country and has been repeatedly commissioned by both Seattle and Bellevue Art Museums. In 2013, he was chosen for “13 for ‘13,” a joint project between the Seattle Times and KUOW, profiling 13 influential people in Seattle’s art scene.


LunaLuna Garcia started dancing Folklorico at age seven with the dance group Joyas Mestizas. In 2007, she started teaching with Joyas Mestizas, and she started dancing with Bailadores de Bronce.  Dancing and teaching with both organizations, she has been able to promote and present the beauty of Folklorico throughout the Seattle area. She has taken classes and workshops with renowned Folklorico teachers such as Jose Tena from New Mexico State University and Samuel Cortez from Los Lupeños, San Jose.


Klara GlosovaKlara Glosova is a Czech-born visual artist currently based in Seattle. She is a prolific multidisciplinary artist working in wide variety of media. Her work is autobiographical, drawing inspiration from her dreams as well as the daily life of a soccer mom. She is a founder of NEPO House and always interested to see what happens when you place the inside out, invite the outside in and generally do things backwards. Klara was awarded Seattle Magazine’s 2013 Spotlight Award, Seattle Art Museum’s 2014 Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award and was nominated for 2015 Stranger Genius Award.


Margie-by-David-ConklinMargie McDonald is the artistic director for the Port Townsend Wearable Art Show now heading into its sixth year. Margie’s work in Wearable art and sculpture has been exhibited in the New Zealand World of Wearable Art Exhibition, Bainbridge Island Art Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, Northwind Arts Center and Simon Mace Gallery.


Eduardo-2Eduardo Mendonça —musician, producer and composer—is a native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Eduardo received his degree in arts education from the Music Institute of the Catholic University of Salvador. He is a founding member of Arts Corps and is the Artistic Director for the international performance ensemble Show Brazil!


 Jéhan Òsanyìn is a Seattle-based artist, educator, performer, and playwright.  Her solo show, yankee pickney, premiered at Theater Schmeater in March of 2017.  Before that she performed with several Seattle theatres like Seattle Public Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Other Season, Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Program, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, 14/48: Nordo, and Balagan Theater.  She has been a theatre educator since 2002.  In 2014 she founded, Earthseed, a youth development organization that uses theatre in wild spaces to decolonize those spaces and the bodies that pass through them. When she’s not onstage, she is most likely paddling her canoe with her dog in tow, drinking coffee at her favorite coffee shop (The Station), or talking about race, identity, and art.