Friday, January 28, 2011

Check Out the Public Service Announcements Created by the Ordway Teen Media Residency Program

The Teen Media residency took place at Perpich Center Arts High School in two Mass Media & Democracy classes lead by  teacher Sun Yung Shin.  The classes worked with Sherine Crooms, media artist and educator, to create collaborative public service announcements (PSA) surrounding social justice issues of their choosing.  The students were inspired by the  social justice work of artist Angélique Kidjo, who performed for more than 1800 students and educators at the Ordway on January 20, 2011.

Check out the students' final public service announcements below!

If you are unable to view TeacherTube videos, you can also see public service announcements all together on YouTube

PSA: Child Exploitation

PSA: Don't Ask, Don't Tell

PSA: Anti-Bullying

PSA: Racial Equality

PSA: Drunk Driving

PSA: Disability Advocacy

PSA: Water Access

PSA: Family Violence

PSA: Media Representation

Friday, January 21, 2011

Video Lessons: What kind of video lessons would you like to see from Ordway Education?

What kind of video lesson would you use in your classroom?

Check out the Story Murals Lesson created around the 2009 Flint Hills International Children's Festival by Ordway Education and educator Jan Louise Kusske from Obama Service Learning Elementary, SPPS.  This video lesson was a study guide activity for the performance of The Very Hungary Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favorites. Please note the video may take a minute or two to load.

What other video subjects or art forms could Ordway create short video lessons for that would be helpful in your classroom or for preparing students to come to Ordway performances?

Please use the comments field below to let us know!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Teen Media Presents Public Service Announcements!

Tomorrow, students from Perpich Center for Arts Education will present their Teen Media creations to an audience of their peers following the Angelique Kidjo Performing Arts Classroom. Students have been working over the last ten weeks to create public service announcements (PSA) focused on select social justice issues.

Collaborating teams under the direction of teaching artist, Sherine Crooms, and classroom educator, Sun Yung Shin, have created ten PSAs with topics ranging from media exploitation of women to violence in the family. Students have done an excellent job of exploring topics and coming to consensus on the content of the videos before producing the films!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Get Ready to Submit Student Work to the 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 class, group or individual basis.

All artwork must be delivered by February 28.  

The ARTwalk will be on display May 6 through June 6, 2011.  

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

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Engage your students in the arts by attending an Ordway Center school performance.  $3 tickets and bus reimbursement are still available for several spring performances, as well as the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival. See performances information and ticket availability below!

Please contact Erin Gomach with any questions at 651-282-3135 or

April 6 at 10:30AM - 500+ Tickets Available 
April 6 at 12:30PM - 500+ Tickets Available 
April 7 at 10:30AM - 500+ Tickets Available 
April 7 at 10:30PM - 500+ Tickets Available 
Recommended Grades: 6-12 
Born out of a controversial time of cultural change in China, BeijingDance/LDTX became China's first professional dance company founded independently from government. Artistic Director Willy Tsao, one of China's foremost pioneers of modern dance, introduces the political and cultural context of contemporary choreography in China through two pieces. The Cold Dagger, based on the Chinese chess game GO, includes a contemporary version of ribbon dancing as well martial arts-inspired choreography. All River Red is the company's version of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.

TU Dance
May 4 at 10:30AM - 489 Tickets Available 
May 4 at 12:30PM - 500+ Tickets Available
May 5 at 10:30AM - 500+ Tickets Available
May 5 at 10:30PM - 500+ Tickets Available  
Recommended Grades: 4-12 
Led by Alvin Ailey veterans Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, TU Dance's work aims to reveal the connective power of dance, celebrating a beautiful diversity on stage. Inspired by the depictions of urban life and dance in the paintings of African American artist Ernie Barnes, choreographer Uri Sands brings Barnes' work from the canvas to the stage using contemporary and modern forms of movement in this commissioned World Premiere supported in part by a Joyce Award from the Joyce Foundation.


Corbian the Dinosaur
Tue. May 31 at 12:30PM - 500+ Tickets Available 
Wed. June 1 at 10:30AM - 500+ Tickets Available
Wed. June 1 at 12:30PM - 500+ Tickets Available
Thu. June 2 at 10:30AM - 500+ Tickets Available
Thu. June 2 at 12:30PM - 500+ Tickets Available

Fri. June 3 at 10:30AM - 52 Tickets Available
Fri. June 3 at 12:30PM - 500+ Tickets Available
Recommended Grades K-8 – For younger students please note the theater will be dark
Corbian the Dinosaur is a truly unique theater experience featuring larger-than-life, glow-in-the dark characters that light up the stage. Created by a magical scientist, Corbian is much more than a pet! As Corbian's animal instincts take over, the scientist creates a heart for him and encourages him to experience life beyond the scientist's workshop. Join Corbian as he meets a gangly ostrich, a beautiful fish and a menacing red dinosaur that help him learn the value of compassion, friendship and love.

The Man Who Planted Trees
Tue. May 31 9:15AM - Sold Out 
Tues. May 31 at 11:15AM - Sold Out
Wed. June 1 at 11:15AM - 7 Tickets Available 
Thu. June 2 at 9:15AM - 20 Tickets Available
Thu. June 2 at 11:15AM - 18 Tickets Available
Fri. June 3 at 11:15AM - 7 Tickets
Recommended Grades 1-4
This magical, comical and multi-sensory performance by Puppet State Theater Company of Scotland is an adaptation of Jean Giono's ecological fable and tells the inspiring story of a French shepherd and his dog. Together they set out to restore a ruined ecosystem by planting a forest, acorn by acorn, tree by tree. An unforgettable story, The Man Who Planted Trees reminds us that one man and his dog can change the world!

Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble
May 31-June 3, 2011-Sold Out 
Tues. May 31 at 9:15AM - 2 Tickets Available
Tues. May 31 at 11:15 AM - 10 Tickets Available 
Wed. June 1 at 1:15 PM - Sold Out 
Thu. June 2 at 9:15AM - Sold Out 
Thu. June 2 at 11:15AM - 1 Ticket Available 
Fri. June 3 at 1:15 PM- Sold Out
Recommended Grades PreK-6
Oyu Oro fills the stage with their energetic fusion of dance, rhythm and song that pay tribute to Afro-Cuban culture. Oyu Oro explores traditional dance forms that derive from the cultures of West Africa such as the Yoruba and Congo; the rich Haitian influences that remain in Cuba of vodu and Haitian bembe; along with popular dances of Cuban heritage, including rumba and conga.


Tue. May 31 at 1:15PM - 181 Tickets Available
Wed. June 1 at 9:15AM - 124 Tickets Available
Wed. June 1 at 11:15AM - 47 Tickets Available
Thu. June 2 at 1:15PM - 250 Tickets Available
Fri. June 3 at 9:15AM - 104 Tickets Available
Fri. June 3 at 11:15AM - 141 Tickets Available

Recommended Grades PreK-2
Darlings of the Canadian music scene, singing duo Dala is bringing a fresh take on acoustic pop to the Ordway!  Drawing upon influences like The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan, Dala presents a joyful, interactive concert designed specifically for young students.  Enjoy the seamless blending of Amanda Walther’s soprano voice and Sheila Carabine’s velvety alto tone as they perform original songs about family, friendship and following your dreams.