Monday, October 25, 2010

Ordway Education's First Annual Career Day!

c.Amy C. Miller

The first annual Ordway Education Career Day was a success with over 100 students attending from the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Mainstreet Performing Arts High School and Perpich Center for Arts Education.  The day was led by, T. Mychael Rambo and started with a fantastic ground breaker which had students out of their seats and dancing in the Marzitelli Foyer. 

Panelists representing a broad range of careers in the creative sector participated in a panel answering questions for the students. Panelists included: Janis Weller and David Lewis from McNally Smith College of Music, Martin Gwinup from the University of Minnesota, Shira Naharit from the Ordway, and Myrna Packer of Bridgman/Packer Dance.  

Each of the panelists also lead a small breakout session for students covering topics like “Why do I want to be an Artist”, “Myths of the Artist”, “Technical Aspects of Theater”, “Being a Community Artist” and “Internships: What are they and How to get one”.  Many of the participants said it was a great experience to work with students from other high schools and to learn about careers that they hadn’t thought about before! 

Looking for opportunities and resources for your students to explore careers in the arts?

Explore the Ordway Education's online career resources, including our NEW Interactive Careers Map

Friday, October 22, 2010

TICKETS AVAILABLE: $3 Global Arts Workshops !

Taking place during the week of the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, these engaging hour long workshops are taught by Twin Cities artists and cost just $3 per student.  Space is limited to 30 learners per workshop, so reserve your seats before they are sold out!

Call the Education Hotline at 651.282.3115 to place your order today!

Latin American Folkloric Music
May 31, 2011 9:15am - 30 Seats Available!
May 31, 2011 10:30am- SOLD OUT
Suggested Grades 2-6
Explore the music and instruments of Latin American folkloric music with Ecuadorian educator and performer Leo Lara. Students will learn the text and meaning of traditional songs and rhythms of Latin American countries through interactive  demonstrations and instrument try-outs!
Mexihca Culture & Dance
June 1, 2011 9:15am - 30 Seats Available!
June 1, 2011  10:30am - 30 Seats Available!
Suggested Grades 2-6
Engage students in this all abilities dance workshop as they learn the traditions, history and art of dance of the Mexihca (Aztec) culture with Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli.
West African Movement
June 2, 2011 9:15am - 30 Seats Available!
June 2, 2011 10:30am – SOLD OUT
Suggested Grades 3-8
Explore the movements that became the fundamentals for hip-hop, jazz, and many other modern dance styles through an experiential class on traditional West African dance with Fatawu Sayibu, director of Tiyumba Dance Company.

Taiko Drumming
June 3, 2011 9:15am - SOLD OUT
June 3, 2011 10:30am -11 Seats Available!
Suggested Grades 3-8
Learn the techniques and history of taiko drumming with instructors from Mu Performing Arts! Students get the opportunity to play on a taiko practice drum!

Latin Social Dance
June 2, 2011 9:15am - 30 Seats Available!
June 2, 2011 10:30AM – SOLD OUT
Suggested Grades 2-6
Cowles Center instructor Giselle Mejia, will teach a wide variety of social dances born out of Latin America. Styles include salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, and mambo. Students get ready to move, as we will learn the basic steps to each dance style.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities participates in White House Tuesday Chat on the role of the arts TODAY!

The White House’s Tuesday Talk series will offer a live video chat on October 19 at 2:15 PM with the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) Co-chairs George Stevens, Jr. and Margo Lion, as well as PCAH members Chuck Close, visual artist, and Damian Woetzel, dancer. The chat will focus on the role of the arts in building healthy communities, schools and institutions, as well as the upcoming National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, hosted by the First Lady at the White House Wednesday, Oct 20th.

The President’s committee members will take questions from the audience live. The Tuesday Talks is a new feature produced by White House to connect people around the country to engage with policy experts, administration officials and more every week on a whole host of topics. The series kicked off with a live a chat with Elizabeth Warren, the new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

To participate in the chat with the President’s Committee members on arts education you can do the following:

For more information visit the White House Blog.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Special Group Discount!
The Ordway is offering a special student group discount for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! The show will run at the Ordway in downtown Saint Paul from December 7, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Discounted student group tickets are $14.50 including fees. Performances begin evenings at 7:30pm, and at 2 pm for weekend matinees. Weekday matinees will be held on December 22- 23 and 29-31 at 2 pm. A matinee performance will also be held on
December 24 at 12 pm.

Schools are responsible for their own busing.

You can request tickets online at or call Group Sales at 651-282-3111.

Note: Limited availability; minimum purchase 10 tickets. This offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets.

Let us know! What is your favorite Joseph moment or song?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

$10,000 prize recognizing School Board for outstanding support of the arts in education! Apply today!

Since 1998, the KCAAEN and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) have provided an annual award to a school board(s) that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high-quality arts education in its school district, community, state or special jurisdiction. This national award recognizes districts that have included all four major artistic disciplines – visual arts, music, theater and dance in their programs. 

The award competition program involves one school board per state that comprises the maximum national pool of nominees. Final selection is made by a national panel of arts educators and arts administrators including representatives of KCAAEN and NSBA.

The winning district receives a plaque presented at the National School Boards Association Annual Conference, and a cash award of $10,000 to use for their arts education programs.  For more information and to apply, please visit  

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

2011Festival ARTwalk: A World of Surprises!

The ARTwalk is a month-long exhibition of young artist's artwork in downtown Saint Paul. It is a unique opportunity for schools and community organizations to highlight the visual arts achievements of young people. As a part of the Flint Hills International Children's Festival, the ARTwalk celebrates young artists’ creativity from across the region. Last year over 600 submissions from around the region were featured. Given the ARTwalk is a non-juried exhibition; participants are encouraged to be selective in their entries.

Entries can be submitted on a group or individual basis. All artwork must be delivered by February 28. The ARTwalk will be on display May 6 through June 6, 2011.

Groups may apply for funding to participate in a site specific installation. To learn more contact Kirstin Wiegmann at by December 16, 2010.

Click here to learn more about the ARTwalk and how you or your students can be a part of the art!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

2010 Sally Awards - Now Accepting Nominations

Dear Arts Enthusiast,

One of the most fun and rewarding parts of my job is having the opportunity to honor the extraordinary Minnesota artists who inspire us every day through their creativity in the arts. For 18 years, the Ordway has formally recognized their contributions through the Sally Ordway Irvine Awards. We invite you to join in the fun by nominating artists to be considered for the 2010 Sally Awards.

As members of the Ordway's circle of supporters, we welcome your participation in this important Ordway tradition. It's easy to do. Just think about the artists who have inspired you, your family or your friends, and forward their names to us as nominees for the 2010 Sally Awards. This year, we've added a new award inspired by the Legacy Amendment: Arts Access. It will recognize extraordinary efforts to increase the depth and breadth of Minnesotans' participation in the arts. The 2010 Awards include the following five categories:


Our arts scene is so rich and vibrant that it's impossible for us to keep up with all the great work being done around the state. You probably know about artists who are not yet on our radar screen. Don't keep their talents a secret! Any arts organization or individual in the state of Minnesota is eligible, as long as they have not already been a recipient.

Please consider making a nomination, and forward this invitation to your friends! The nomination form is available on our website at


If you have any questions regarding the nomination form or the awards, please contact Kate Youngdahl at 651.282.3101. We'd love to hear from you!


Patricia A. Mitchell
President and CEO