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GENERAL ARTIST INFORMATION

Name: Debi Rogers
Grade Level Preference: all ages
Geographic Availability: North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota
Fee per-day: Negotiable
Email: debirogers3@gmail.com
Phone Number: 701-226-6890
Web site: http://debirogerscelticmusicarts.squarespace.com

BIOGRAPHY

A teller of tales, harper, Gaelic singer, and céilí dancer of Scots/Irish (Celtic) ancestry, Debi’s Rogers’ earliest memory as a wee child was practicing flying and harping in her basement to become an Irish fairy. One of a handful of musicians who play the Gaelic wire-strung harp she’s at home in any situation - from concert hall to school, from outdoor festival to senior center, from theatrical stage to Irish pub. Through travels to Ireland and Scotland, participating in the Summer School of Irish Harp (Scoil na gCláirseach) and from native speakers Debi has learned a vast repertoire of songs, dances, tales and tunes which she incorporates into her residencies and performances. As a K-12 certified choral and theater educator Debi was awarded a Fulbright to study in Japan, sang a soprano solo onstage at Carnegie Hall, and was a featured solo artist on the Prairie Public Television series, "North Dakota Musicians." She also served as an artistic ambassador for North Dakota in Iceland through an artists exchange program of the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Debi utilizes the power of dramatic art to kindle the imagination and breathe life into music, stories and folktales. Her extensive background in education, Traditional Arts, Multiple Intelligences, travel, and performance are infused into all residencies. “We need to work together as cultural ambassadors to build respect, curiosity and self-esteem in today’s changing world”.

SAMPLE RESIDENCY INFORMATION

Residency Title: Celtic (KEL-tic) Caravan (multi-disciplinary)

Grade Level: all ages

Number of Sessions: Flexible. One day to two week residencies available. Please contact me for specific lesson plans and objectives.

Description:

Debi’s residency can incorporate any of the following aspects of Celtic culture: traditional Irish music (harp, whistle, guitar and song), dance (céilí), drama, folktales, and visual arts (ogham, Brigid cross, clan shield, Book of Kells). Her performance pieces demonstrate how the Celts managed to integrate arts and the appreciation of it into all aspects of life. Students experience the art and culture of the Celtic lands.This student-centered residency is conducted in a lively, engaging manner that entertains and enriches school curriculum.

A specific description of what students will do:

Students will sing songs from Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man in English, Irish and Manx; play at least one song on tin whistle; dance “The Waves of Tory”, an authentic Irish dance; through creative dramatics act “The Children of Lir", an ancient Irish story; experience many Celtic stories and write their own “otherworld” story; learn about the history, geography and language of the 7 Celtic nations; perform an Irish blessing using American Sign Language; listen to, learn of and later play a authentic Irish harp; discover, report and take pride their personal heritage; construct a Brigid Cross, Ogham marker, or clan shield. Longer residencies culminate in public performance.

GENERAL ARTIST INFORMATION

Name: The Cultural Kaleidoscope
Grade Level Preference: K – 12th
Geographic Availability: Statewide
Fee per-day: Negotiable
Email: margietritt@kc.rr.comPhone Number: 816-363-6547
Web site: www.culturalkaleidoscope.org

BIOGRAPHY

Since 1991, The Cultural Kaleidoscope has been bringing the world’s cultures to classrooms throughout the Midwest.  Our teaching-artists are full-time professionals.  We currently have programs about Russia, Australia and Ukraine.  Our presenters and content continuously enjoy rave reviews from educators, parents and students alike.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Culture matters!  Educators are preparing students to enter a world that is more interconnected and diverse than ever before.  Their ability to thrive will depend on many things, not the least of which is their active engagement in opportunities to learn about and appreciate the richness of other cultures through hands-on learning.  The Cultural Kaleidoscope delivers such opportunities with exceptional quality and value.  We bring the world’s cultures to you.

SAMPLE RESIDENCY INFORMATION

Residency Title: Cultural Kaleidoscope Residency

Grade Level: K-12

Number of Sessions:  5 days

Description:

Exposing students to other cultures in ways that create lasting impressions and understandings has never been more important. The world they are entering is interconnected and diverse. Each Cultural Kaleidoscope residency introduces students to the respective culture through authentic music and dance, history, geography, language, art and cultural traditions. The residency culminates with a never-to-be-forgotten student performance for the community.  Educators can expect their students to be fully engaged and active participants. Students will be excited to learn through songs, unique music instruments and ethnic dances.  They will be full of questions and gain insight into a culture from the other side of the world. Each Cultural Kaleidoscope residency is lead by a teaching-artist from the specific country who is a professional in the arts.  Our complementary “Teaching Resource Guides” enhance the educational experience. The easy to use lessons help teachers prepare their students for the Kaleidoscope experience. The program-specific teaching guides can be reviewed on our website.

Cultural Kaleidoscope residencies include:

  • Australian Kaleidoscope
  • Ukrainian Kaleidoscope
  • Russian Kaleidoscope

North Dakota Council on the Arts

It is our mission to promote, preserve and perpetuate the arts in North Dakota.