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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Japanese Arts Center, Ryu Shu Kan Ikebana - Japanese Flower Arranging Life Skills- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Gardening
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is more than simply putting flowers in a container. It is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing closeness with nature. Join Hiroko & Gerard Senese, from the Japan Center at Stony Brook University for a demonstration of the different styles of Japanese flower arrangements. Hiroko Uraga-Senese studied Ikebana in Osaka, Japan in the prestigious Misho-Ryu style of Ikebana, which was established over 200 years ago. She received her Shihan-Teacher's License in 1980 and has been introducing Ikebana to the Long Island community since 1998. Learn about the history, concepts, principles and aesthetics behind each arrangement, and the relationship of the flowers to each particular vase being used.
$201- $350
Cavanaugh, Deb A Visit to China Multicultural- Other,
Music
I returned from a trip to China where I taught music to children ages 2 - 6 and did presentations for their teachers and parents. While there, I visited The Forbidden City and the Summer Palace and met wonderful people. This program will include my original songs about travel and adventure, playing the mountain dulcimer (a traditional American instrument that I brought with me to China), demonstrating a "crankie" (an American folk art that I also brought to China), as well as showing slides and speaking about my trip.
$201- $350
Henderson, Kristine Tea Tasting: Green Teas Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Other
Green tea is the second most commonly consumed tea in the world. During this interactive seminar, we will explore several teas from the top green tea producing countries of China, Japan, and South Korea. Learn about how green tea differs from the teas in other categories, specific health benefits associated with green tea, and the history and lore surrounding the teas being tasted. Three teas will be tasted and discussed including: Gunpowder; Sencha; and Boseong.
$101- $200
Edgecomb, Diane A Fire In My Heart: Kurdish Folktales Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A Fire in My Heart: Kurdish Folktales: Based around Diane's new book of Kurdish folktales, this program introduces students and families to this pivotal Middle Eastern culture. Diane will present Kurdish stories she collected firsthand including The Lie a humorous story about a tall tale contest between an Uncle and his nephew, Fatima, the Kurdish Cinderella story and tales of how the moon and the Milky Way came to be. A map, anecdotes of her collecting experience and traditional dress and dance round out our exploration of this little known culture. Notice in the Salem News-2007 'How fun and exciting to have you visit Pine Point School! And, I have to tell you that I have heard such wonderful comments since the assembly. You inspired questions and comments all over campus and you were a hit with both students and faculty alike. Diane, I am in awe of your courage, and can't thank you enough for sharing your stories with us. With fond regard, Sandy Pereira, Cultural Enrichment, Pine Point School, CT'
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Night Lights! Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Night Lights! In “Night Lights” entertaining stories of stars take us on a multi-cultural voyage across the heavens. These favorite tales and songs celebrate our starry skies and luminous planets as well as the magic of fireflies and the star-like treasure hidden inside of every apple. Participatory and fun for all ages, “Night Lights” is the perfect evening entertainment! “Thank you for a wonderful program last Saturday. It couldn’t have been better. You really know how to act out great stories and myths. We all enjoyed your program immensely.” Sandy Pierson, Myles Standish State Forest, Carver, MA
$351- $500
Cavanaugh, Deb Where in the World Are We? Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program of songs and dances from around the world, often sung in those languages. This program includes a PowerPoint presentation showing children from each country, or can be done with each country being marked on a world map with that country's flag as each song is introduced. Countries may include Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, European countries, Russia, and more. Instruments may include fiddle, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, limberjack, banjo, guitar and vocals.
$201- $350
Kamran, Annelies Places in the News History,
Multicultural- Other,
Other
Short courses in the background of places in the headlines: learn about the history, politics, economics, and culture of countries in crisis and rising powers. Each one and a half hour class session will cover a different country. In keeping with public libraries’ educational mission, the objective of the series is to equip citizens with the information needed to understand news coverage (or lack thereof) as well as to evaluate U.S. policy and policymakers. Guest speakers for question-and-answer sessions will be introduced as available/appropriate. Countries in the series will include North Korea, El Salvador, Saudi Arabia, India, and China. (Sessions on other countries can be developed on request.) Special attention will be paid to explaining the aims and impact of U.S. policies vis-à-vis other countries: executive agency actions, federal legislation, and local impact here on Long Island. Perfect for current events discussion groups!
$201- $350
Henderson, Kristine Tea Tasting: Oolong Teas Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Other
Oolong tea is the most diverse category of teas produced in the world. During this interactive seminar, we will explore several teas from the top oolong tea producing countries of China and Taiwan, along with a rare oolong from India. Learn about how oolong tea differs from the teas in other categories, specific health benefits associated with oolong tea, and the history and lore surrounding the teas being tasted. Three teas will be tasted and discussed including: Ti Kuan Yin; Formosa Fancy Oolong; and Nilgiri Frost Oolong.
$101- $200
Cossio, Miguel Fiestas - Celebrations in Mexico and Latin America History,
Multicultural- Other,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Miguel Cossio was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, to a family of folk artist and performers from whom he learned the many crafts, rituals and traditions of his community and region, especially those associated with Celebrations. Now living in New York, Miguel has taught arts-in-education programs in schools and many other venues. He is currently on the teaching roster of Arts Westchester- www.artswestchester.org and Center for Arts Education- www.caenyc.org in NYC. Miguel offers interactive cultural programs that bring to life the magic of the traditional folk arts from Mexico and Latin America. Programs include hands-on workshops, slide shows, folk art displays with audience participation and Spanish conversation. Masks for Carnival - Papel Picado for 5 de Mayo - Dancing skeleton stick puppets for Day of the Dead - Pinatas for the New Year are some of the hands-on art projects participants can create while learning about these incredible traditions! Variable content for different age levels. Art projects completed in a single session. Art projects linked to a cultural context.
$351- $500
Van Egmond, Timothy Shivers N' Shudders for Halloween Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Spell-binding tales and songs of the supernatural ranging from the spine-tingling to the rib-tickling, from various cultures and countries around the world. These are accompanied with spirit flute, guitar, conga drum, and a skeleton limberjack (a wooden puppet that taps out a rhythm dancing on a paddleboard). Perfect for Halloween! Different versions can be tailored for different age groups. Tim is a triple treat! He can sing, play a variety of instruments,and tell whopping good tales! – Jane Yolen, renowned Author & Storyteller
$351- $500
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* Inclusion in this database does not indicate endorsement of any performer or program by the NYS Education Department, the Office of Cultural Education, the NYS Library or the participating library systems, nor does it eliminate the need for reference checks and appropriate standard screening procedures.

 

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