Art from Around the World
Art from Around the World
Posted on 10/19/2018
Professional artists from around the world spent this week teaching their craft to BCS students.Professionals from various art backgrounds and from around the world brought their expertise in drumming, singing, music, woodworking and more to our students. This was thanks to BCS' ongoing partnership with LEAF Community Arts and participation in the the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts' Partners in Education program. Below are images and #BCSlive videos from just a few of this week's residencies happening in Buncombe County Schools!

Oakley Elementary: Mexican Artist Mr. Salas spent this week teaching students at Oakley Elementary School Bobcats the art of puppeteering. Salas usually carves puppets from wood but, for these youngsters, it was safer to make puppets with colorful paper. Students said it seemed like magic to use scissors and glue to transform paper into butterflies, birds, and caterpillars!

Owen High School: Canadian banjo artist Kaia Kater and bass player Jarod Engel held a residency with music students at Charles D. Owen High School this week as part of the LEAF Community Arts Festival. Students learned and performed several of Kater's original songs for fellow students, teachers, and guests. 
Kater says that she mixes history and culture in her performances and hopes that students better understand how music can be used to share life's journey.

Owen Middle School: Nex Millen brought a lesson in music and sound to students this week. According to LEAF, Millen brings 20 years of experience in the music industry to his lessons. He connects youth to technology through music!

Barnardsville Elementary School: Barnardsville students are experiencing the rhythms of Africa as master djembe performer Adama Dembele joins them for a weeklong residency through LEAF Community Arts. Groups of students took turns in the school’s reverberant gymnasium, where each sat in front of a drum and learned to play patterns passed down for generations in Dembele’s family.

Pisgah Elementary School: Pisgah hosted resident artists from LEAF Mexico and LEAF Costa Rica. Both of these LEAF Community Arts groups are learning to to be "Culture Keepers," that is, preserving their own culture through teaching it to others.

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