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Welcome to ArtMail. From poetry to pottery there are always ways to participate in, watch and support the arts in Vermont. Our highlights for this week:
Enjoy and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
There is still time to register for the 2014 Poetry Out Loud Program, a national competition created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Vermont is a state for poets, and Poetry Out Loud celebrates the beauty of words while giving high school students an opportunity to master public speaking skills.
Whether it's Frost or Kinnell, Carruth or Paley, poets speak to us whenever we walk across a pasture, split wood, or visit a friend in mud time. Perhaps that's why the Poetry Out Loud Program is so popular in Vermont. Last year over 4,000 students participated in the program in which High School students memorize and recite great works of poetry. Contestants choose and learn about poems from an extensive online anthology of classical and contemporary poetry while practicing public speaking skills as well as building self-confidence so that the voice these young Vermonters hear might be their own.
Poetry Out Loud is a national competition created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.Teachers organize contests involving one class or a whole school with the winners advancing to the state finals, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, D.C.
For more information and to register click here
Ruckus Circus is great fun. We're going to tell you all about it, but first want to mention that you can still see Ruckus in Derry, NH tonight, Lebanon, NH on Sunday, or in Stowe on December 28.
Ruckus came from Serenity. Let us explain...
The third grader who asked the performer, "Did you really get stuck?" was right where the performers wanted him. He was full of wonder. He had just seen "Ruckus," a new cirque spectacular show full of choreographed stunts and tricks. Amidst the contortion, acrobatics, and juggling things are not always as they appear. That is part of the magic. Another part of the magic is the fastidious planning it takes to keep a production like this moving. That is where Serenity Forchion comes in. Read more...
Read the rest of the poem here.
Throughout 2013, the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Humanities Council are teaming up to bring you a poem a week with Thursday Thoughts. All of the poems are from Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry in honor of the VHC's Vermont Reads program. Join us on Facebook and Twitter at noon on Thursday afternoons to receive these weekly poems!
We are passing on an intriguing performing arts event we found on the Seven Days "Stuff to Do" page. On Saturday, November 23, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion will bring "Pavement" to the Flynn Stage in Burlington. According to Seven Days:
"Growing up in Pittsburgh, Kyle Abraham had firsthand exposure to the city's African American neighborhoods, Homewood and the Hill District. In Pavement, the award-winning choreographer and 2013 MacArthur Fellow maps the areas' cultural shifts from once-thriving communities to urban landscapes plagued by discrimination, violence and drugs. Equally inspired by the 1991 film Boyz N the Hood and W.E.B. Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk, this provocative work features an interracial cast of dancers from different disciplines. Interpreting an ambitious score that includes opera, gunshots and more, the company's movements reflect Abraham's meditation on hip-hop culture and the history of black America."
For more information, go to the Seven Days website
"Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mothers face."
Henry Wasdworth Longfellow