by Mora’s CAPP   January 7, 2013

Mora’s CAPP (Comprehensive Arts Planning Program Committee) is eagerly preparing to host three artists in residence across the school district and community, January 7 through 11, 2013.

Three artists, Composer Paul Fraser (CA), Visual Artist Mary Johnson (MN), and Choreographer Alison Holland (MN), will collaborate to produce a free week-end community performance with students input.

“We are really looking to inspire students to think of themselves as artists,” explained Holland, whose residency with the third grade will teach math through dance while engaging students with kinesthetic learning. She will also present a free after school workshop on Thursday, January 10, 3:15 to 5 p.m. in Trailview’s 4th grade commons area open to those in grade four and up (adults welcome). Students will learn how some of the piece was created through chance methods infusing math and movement. They will be invited to learn many of the steps presented in the performance.

Fraser’s music tends to be influenced by lo-fi sensibilities and rhythmic complexity as well as general timbre experimentation. He will, with Mora high school music student participation, create a musical composition to be performed live.

Johnson looks forward to creating a yurt-inspired structure for the performance, covered with faux fur and shiny recycled materials. She will also facilitate the creation of student-made wearable art while working with junior and senior high art students and the Mora High School art club members - interested public will be invited to join them after school on one or two afternoons that week.

“CAPP believes in instilling an appreciation of all arts at a young age, and also providing a variety of arts opportunities to the greater community,” explained long-time CAPP Chair Judy Broekemeier. “We’re thrilled to be able to provide this performance free of charge, and include a Q & A with a professional facilitator.”

The performance will begin with a group of third grade students presenting dances they created during the week, and will then feature adult dancers performing with the live music composition. The performance will conclude with a Q & A session between the audience and artists moderated by Jessica Fiala of the Walker Art Center’s SpeakEasy discussion program in an effort to provide a greater understanding of theartists’ work. The hour-long performance on Friday evening will take place at Mora High

School’s Auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm. (Please note location change.)

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.