In the Schools & In Our Community
We believe in developing an appreciation of the arts for the young and the young-at-heart. Recent studies have shown that individuals with some arts background are more creative and bring the necessary skills to adapt in a rapidly changing world market. The creative arts can also offer an alternative outlet for the elderly to communicate with others.
Several of our series performers will conduct master classes, or workshops. There are also opportunities for local students to meet with professional visual artists.
Dot, Dot, Dot
Dot, Dot, Dot is a new musical based on the trio of awardwinning picture books by New York Times bestselling author Peter H. Reynolds. The musical, like the series, celebrates the power of originality, self-expression, and the opening of one's eyes to look beyond the expected.
When Marisol, a young artist and curator of the Musee de Marisol, decides that her gallery requires more than her own art, her search for emerging talent leads her to Vashti, whose dots inspire Ramon to become an artist in his own right. Students follow Marisol's journey to help her new friends and community break free from self-criticism and learn to let their imaginations soar.
Janet's Planet: A Tour Through the Solar System
Janet's Planet: A Tour Through the Solar System travels at the "speed of thought," introducing the wonders of the galaxy to young audiences. The interactive presentation engages and challenges students and is designed to inspire STEM potential in elementary school-aged kids. Using 21st Century theatrics, the show encourages scientific literacy via the use of humor, theatrical antics, visual illusions, enticing graphic elements, and experiential opportunities to join Janet on stage.
Lesson plans are designed to integrate with Next Generation Science Standards, endorsed by NASA and Space Florida. With more than 20 years in the media, Janet Ivey has received 12 Regional Emmy Awards and 5 Gracie Allen Awards
Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart
Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart provides a glimpse of Jackie Robinson’s life during a bygone era of separate and unequal locker rooms, of whites only hotels, and of restaurants with only a back door for colored athletes to enter. Audiences witness the humiliation of a star player who was showered with adulation on the field and became a second-hand citizen when he walked off the diamond. Performed by Mike Wiley, the show is a powerful lesson of courage through dedication, perseverance, and leadership.
An acclaimed playwright and performer, Wiley has appeared on Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, National Geographic Channel and has been featured on PBS’ North Carolina Now.
Okaidja Afroso is a multi-instrumentalist, Afro-Jazz, AfroClassical, Ambient music, singer-songwriter and traditional dancer from Ghana, West Africa. His unique artistic vision has led him to combine his native rhythms with unforeseen pairings of musical flavors. His sound is a spicy fusion of Ghanaian music with diverse cross-cultural influences. Although most of Okaidja's hypnotic arrangements are sung in his native language, the meaning shines through.
His educational outreach program, Dancing Feet and Talking Drums, takes the audience on a global music and dance journey that promotes cross-cultural understanding. For 15 years, it has been the cornerstone of Okaidja’s work to preserve traditional African music and dance and to illustrate the power of arts as a source of strength against diversity.
Kennedy Center Partnership
Jasper Community Arts, Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools, and Vincennes University Jasper provide arts-based professional development opportunities for local teachers through the Kennedy Center Partners in Education.
Jasper Community Arts partners with local nursing homes to provide enrichment to our community. Activities vary from performing artists stopping by for a mini concert, to our staff walking residents through how to create their own masterpieces!