Storyteller Simon Brooks named to N.H.’s Arts Education Roster

SimonBrooks_2012Storyteller Simon Brooks, New London, is one of eight teaching artists named to New Hampshire’s Arts Education Roster.

Art in Education, a service of the N.H. State Council on the Arts, maintains the Roster, a list of juried artists representing a range of disciplines. These are professional artists who bring new skills, energy and creativity to schools and communities.

Brooks provides storytelling education and performances ranging from single to multiple shows, as well as full-day and multi-day residencies.

Brooks grew up where myths and legends abound, the countryside of Britain. He began his storytelling in 1991 in the U.K. before  moving to the U.S.  Now he performs and teaches at festivals, museums, schools, libraries and private functions. For his story and stories he tells, visit his website: www.diamondscree.com.

Other artists added to the Roster include:

Big Paws Music

“Big Paws” folk ensemble — Marek Bennett, Emily Hague, Jack Bopp and friends — plays original songs, dance tunes, ballads, and music old and new.

Big Paws,” folk ensemble, Henniker: Presents original songs, traditional dance tunes, ballads and music from a variety of American and Eastern European traditions: www.reverbnation.com/bigpaws.

Katherine Ferrier, dancer and choreographer, Bethlehem: Teaches dance, art and writing. Residencies include: “Moving the Intelligent Body,” an introduction to movement improvisation and “Embodied Stories,” which uses dance and writing as primary modes of research and expression.

Mike Gibbons, potter, Derry: Teaches the basic hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques of working with clay. A juried member of The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Gibbons is a former public school teacher with more than 15 years experience in educating students of all ages and abilities: www.nutfieldpottery.com.

Kathy Parsonnet, visual artist, White River Junction, Vt.: Teaches painting through a collaborative learning process that includes art-making and project design: www.fragletsart.com.

Katie Poor, photographer/media artist, Nashua: Teaches photographic and media arts programs designed especially for elementary art programs: www.katiepoor.com.

Kirsten Reynolds, installation artist, Newmarket: Uses sculpture and printmaking to explore the connections between architecture and language: www.kirstenreynolds.com.

Hunt & Smith, folk ensemble, Hancock: Presents traditional American song and dance for educational programs and concerts: www.huntandallison.net.

To be named to the Roster, artists are evaluated by certified arts educators who judge the quality of their work, professional commitment and experience working in educational settings.

>>> For artist contact information, fees and program details, go to the Roster .

>>> For artists and educators: The State Arts Council grant funds help to bring teaching artists into educational settings to provide arts learning experiences and to develop skills in imagination, creativity and innovation. To learn more about grants and application process for artists, visit: www.nh.gov/nharts.

>>> For more information about N.H.’s Arts Education Programs, contact Catherine O’Brian, 603-271-0795 or catherine.r.obrian@dcr.nh.gov.

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