Arts @ Large Residency at Milwaukee Environmental Sciences School November 8-December 19, 2013 and January 14-17, 2014

Artist-educator Betty Salamun and Milwaukee Environmental
Sciences School teacher Melissa Howard used the Urban Land
Ethic to create a performance program for the unique needs of Melissa’s first grade classroom.

Students learned about how to:
Make the Invisible Visible, and, Understand How Nature Sustains Life through the water cycle of precipitation, percolation and evaporation.

Students explored energy differences, such as flowing circular clouds and jagged fast lightning, frozen snowflake shapes and fluid snow angels.

Students presented their WATER CYCLE DANCE for MES students on Thursday January 16, 2013; AND, at the Arts @ Large Gallery 908 S 5th Street, Milwaukee for Gallery Night Friday January 17, 2014 at 6:00pm.

2012 Kosciuszko Montessori School Arts @ Large residency with K-3 to 5th grades

Students explored the 7 Basic Movements (jump, turn, fall, roll, balance, travel, gesture): upper primary students worked with haiku poetry; lower primary used weather systems to create dances; K-3 to K-5 learn the differences between frog jumps (big push with the legs, then land and balance) and rabbit jumps (reach hands out, jump feet in) as well as how plants grow, seeds fall and snow melts in story dances; and, a special needs class explored the world around us. Two performances showcased student dancers. (April-May, 2012).

Woodlands Elementary School Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s A.C.E. Program with 6th graders

Artistic Director Betty Salamun annually works with Woodlands middle school students in eco-arts residencies. Retiring science teacher Carol Double suggested a dance linking the school’s Adopt-A-Beach program and illustrating the beauty of Lake Michigan. In 2013, 15 boys and girls learned a section of Betty’s dance “What I know about Lake Michigan” (from Wade in the Water: The 70% Solution concert) about the origins of Lake Michigan (glaciers) and how the currents in the Lake keep a drop of water in the Lake for about 99 years. “What I know about Lake Michigan” was performed at the last all school assembly on May 21, and dedicated to Carol Double. (April-May, 2012).

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