WHOLE LOTTA ART (and Story, Going On)

In this Issue

- Getting Creative with Funding/Special Assembly Offer
- Southern California Storytelling Swap in Ventura
- For Adults Only
- Summer Performance Schedule

With budget cuts hitting us from all sides, we’re all wondering how we’re going to manage in the upcoming months and years. Perhaps some of you are in the school system and have had the unfortunate task of letting go of some very good teachers. Some of these may have been those that have been critical to your arts curriculum. In times like these, it is time to get creative. In my Fall, 2007 Newsletter (www.embodiedvoicestoryarts.com/Newsletter.html), I provided references for the importance of storytelling in the classroom. Not only do students retain more through narrative, they also are entertained in the process, and their imaginations are set on fire! Who could want for more!

In the Fall, I will be offering a new program entitled, “ARTSPARK:Stories to Ignite the Imagination,” which is at its heart, a storytelling program, but also offers an art component. Not only will students be provided with a background on different artists and approaches to arts and their influences, but will have the opportunity to apply what they’ve heard in a post-performance workshop. Stay tuned to my website for more information (www.embodiedvoicestoryarts.com/PrimaryMiddle.html) or get a taste of it this summer at the Simi Library performance and workshop on July 29th at 11 and 1, respectively.

Have your students learn to tell a story through storyboarding in “Got an Hour: Learn a Story.” Not only do they learn a story, but also Egyptian history and geography!

Get Creative with Funding while Supporting Your Local Economy

A performer with international recognition, right in your back yard….that would be me! And to help you with your own 2009-10 funding concerns, I am offering 20% off on all performances booked (not necessarily used) by September 18th, 2009 (that is 20% off regular booking fees of $450 for one show; $700 for two back-to-back performances). This offer is good for Ventura County schools only. Book Early! Book Now! Call for references and hear what your peers are saying about Elaine Muray’s “moving” theatrical performances!

Southern California Storytellers Coming to Ventura

Southern California is home to over 12 storytelling guilds. Every year, storytellers from all these guilds gather in the late spring to share experience and stories at an all day Southern California Swap. This year, Community Storytellers of Los Angeles was host. At the end of the swap, the candle was passed to Ventura. You will be hearing more about this in future newsletters. In the meantime, I am looking for space for about 60 performers for breakout workshops and end of day concert.

For Adults Only

--Our first Ventura Vaudeville show was a hoot! Harmless, humor-packed adult fun with Hula hoopers, vaudeville clowns, magic and of course, storytelling! Come to our next one, scheduled for Friday, July 24th at 8 p.m., Elks Lodge, 11 S. Ash Street, Ventura. $10 at door. Leave the kiddies at home for this one. Support your local artists! Call for Performing Artist deadline is June 15th. Must have stage experience and 5-10 minute demo for submittal. Contact me at elaine@embodiedvoicestoryarts.com if interested.

--Ongoing: Ventura Storytelling Guild. Last Sunday of the month from 3-5 p.m. at the Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura.

Summer Performance Schedule

A relaxing summer for me…a great opportunity to create!

July 14th, 2 p.m., Oak Park Library, “ARTSPARK: Stories to Ignite the Imagination”

July 24th, 8 p.m., Ventura Vaudeville Show, Elks Lodge, 11 S. Ash Street, Ventura (for ages 18 and up)

July 29th, 11 and 1 p.m., Simi Valley Library, performance and workshop, “ARTSPARK: Stories to Ignite the Imagination”

Have a Safe and Creative Summer!

Elaine Muray

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