Kelly Rus­sell to ed­u­cate Wood­land stu­dents

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Th e N ew­found l a n d a n d Labrador Ar t s C o u n c i l h a s an­nounced fund­ing to 28 schools across the prov­ince for Art­sS­marts projects, in­clud­ing Wood­land El­e­men­tary in Dildo.

The fund­ing — t o t a l l i ng $119,598 — is be­ing used to bring pro­fes­sional artists into schools in or­der to in­te­grate arts ac­tiv­i­ties into non-arts sub­jects, in­clud­ing so­cial stud­ies, his­tory, lan­guage arts, sci­ence and other sub­jects. Some 3,400 stu­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity to take part.

Wood­land El­e­men­tary has been awarded $4,605 for its pro­gram “Mu­sic and cul­ture are alive and well ,” which will run from Feb. 19 to May 13 of this school year.

Mu­si­cian and sto­ry­teller Kelly Rus­sell, who was a mem­ber of New­found­land per­for­mance groups Figgy Duff and The Won­der­ful Grand Band, has been cho­sen as the artist who will help the Grade 3 to 6 stu­dents at Wood­land learn about cul­ture and tra­di­tion. Rus­sell is the son of the late Ted Rus­sell, who wrote Tales from Pigeon Inlet.

Some 125 stu­dents will learn a num­ber of things from Rus­sell, in­clud­ing tra­di­tional dance, vi­o­lin and ac­cor­dion skills and par­tic­i­pate in sto­ry­telling.

The stu­dents will re­ceive credit for lan­guage arts and so­cial stud­ies cour­ses from the pro­gram.

Some other schools that will par­tic­i­pate in­clude Lake Melville School in Nor th West R iver, Labrador, Anthony Pad­den Ele­men­tar y i n Mus­grave­town, Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion School in Col­liers, St. Bon­aven­ture’s Col­lege in St. John’s and New­town El­e­men­tary in Mount Pearl.

Artists that will par­tic­i­pate in other schools in the prov­ince in­clude jazz artist Mary Barry, vis­ual artist Jennifer Mor­gan, singer/song­writer Ray Lake, and mu­si­cians Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne, among oth­ers.

Each pro­gram wi l l cen­tre around each artist’s spe­cialty, and is ex­pected to help teach stu­dents to pro­tect and sup­port the cul­ture of their com­mu­ni­ties, says Reg Win­sor, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the New­found­land and Labrador Arts Coun­cil.

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