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Arts Integration Workshop: Exploring Latin American Culture through Animal Folktales

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Thursday, February 1, 2018 at  4:30pm

Kennedy Center Partners in Education
Arts Integration Workshop: Exploring Latin American Culture through Animal Folktales
4:30-7:30 pm 
Felix Pitre, Teaching Artist – Grades K-6

In this workshop, teachers examine animal folktales as a way to learn about Latin American culture. Participants explore ways to help students enhance their understanding of human relationships, cultural similarities and differences, and develop their oral communication skills by telling folktales. Teachers examine how to choose appropriate folktales, help students bring the story to life using voice and body, and invite listeners’ participation to enhance the story’s effectiveness.

This workshop is presented by Felix Pitre, a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, who found his way there as a performer of bilingual programs. A Nuyorican, he credits his career to the life changing education he received at the original Performing Arts High School. Born in Cataño, a small village across the bay from San Juan, he arrived in New York City at the age of two, attended the public schools, and received his B.A. in theatre from Hofstra University. After working as an actor in theatre, film, and TV, he created a performance called Stories and Songs of Latin America, using his grandfather’s stories and songs heard growing up in a mucho multicultural family. The demand for the program led to performances throughout the country, from the Kennedy Center and Smithsonian to classrooms, libraries, museums, and festivals. Two of his stories, Juan Bobo and The Pig and Paco and The Witch, became picture books and his signature program, Stories and Songs of Latin America, is now a CD. His workshop, Exploring Latin American Culture Through Animal Folktales, is a product of his experiences as a performer/educator and training in the Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program at the Kennedy Center.

Presented as a part of the Kennedy Center Partners in Education program, Mansfield Team (Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield City Schools, and Renaissance Performing Arts Association).

Support comes from the Ohio Arts Council and Charles P. Hahn, Cleveland Financial Group.

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