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Water Writing

August 4, 2015
By Anna Seaton Huntington

Poet Brandyn Johnson started off a recent Echoing Passages Arts Collaborative writing workshop at Main Street Square by pointing out that writing actually shouldn't feel like torture.

"Writing shouldn't be like eating Brussels sprouts! It is an affirmation, a way of acknowledging and honoring things, even the dark stories," said Brandyn, a Black Hills State University literature professor who lives in Rapid City with his wife Anna, a middle school teacher, and their young daughter. "The more I write and share, the more I feel connected to other human beings, it's a way of making experiences universal and of elevating language."

A poet in his own right, Brandyn is a grandson of David Evans, South Dakota's former long-time poet laureate. Brandyn's work has been widely published and he was one of four winners of the South Dakota State Poetry Society's 2014 chapbook contest.

A dozen community members attended the free workshop and during introductions, people said they came to the workshop for many different reasons: To get inspired to finish a writing project underway, to learn more about The Sculpture Project, to connect with other writers. Read more about the workshop On the Blog.

Local dancer and choreographer Sara Olivier approached Yuki not long after he had been selected as the artist for The Sculpture Project about creating a cross-artistic performance collaboration. This was a first for Yuki. He agreed, and now Echoing Passages, which includes original dance, film, poetry and music inspired by Passage of Wind and Water, is unfolding alongside Yuki's work over five years.

Sara, 30, works with me as a Collaborative Strategist for Arts Rapid City and she teaches at Academy of Dance Arts. She and her husband, Austin, have a son, Henry, 5. Sara often says Echoing Passages is "for and about the community." Read more her process in the Q&A below and find out how you can get involved. Find more information about the projec, the artists and see more photos here.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-q-and-a-sara.html#sthash.T7QNM7Tm.dpuf

Local dancer and choreographer Sara Olivier approached Yuki not long after he had been selected as the artist for The Sculpture Project about creating a cross-artistic performance collaboration. This was a first for Yuki. He agreed, and now Echoing Passages, which includes original dance, film, poetry and music inspired by Passage of Wind and Water, is unfolding alongside Yuki's work over five years.

Sara, 30, works with me as a Collaborative Strategist for Arts Rapid City and she teaches at Academy of Dance Arts. She and her husband, Austin, have a son, Henry, 5. Sara often says Echoing Passages is "for and about the community." Read more her process in the Q&A below and find out how you can get involved. Find more information about the projec, the artists and see more photos here.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-q-and-a-sara.html#sthash.T7QNM7Tm.dpuf

Q: Please describe how getting students into their communities affects learning?

A: Passage to Schools lessons use a current community project to connect students' classroom learning to their wider community. When teachers link community events and projects to what their students are learning in the classroom, students are motivated to think at high levels because the learning feels relevant.

Q: Do these lessons stretch or go a little deeper than traditional lessons? How are they different than traditional classroom lessons?

A: These lessons are innovative in several ways.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-gabrielle-q-and-a.html#sthash.mWx4WOx0.dpuf

Q: Please describe how getting students into their communities affects learning?

A: Passage to Schools lessons use a current community project to connect students' classroom learning to their wider community. When teachers link community events and projects to what their students are learning in the classroom, students are motivated to think at high levels because the learning feels relevant.

Q: Do these lessons stretch or go a little deeper than traditional lessons? How are they different than traditional classroom lessons?

A: These lessons are innovative in several ways.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-gabrielle-q-and-a.html#sthash.mWx4WOx0.dpuf

Q: Please describe how getting students into their communities affects learning?

A: Passage to Schools lessons use a current community project to connect students' classroom learning to their wider community. When teachers link community events and projects to what their students are learning in the classroom, students are motivated to think at high levels because the learning feels relevant.

Q: Do these lessons stretch or go a little deeper than traditional lessons? How are they different than traditional classroom lessons?

A: These lessons are innovative in several ways.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-gabrielle-q-and-a.html#sthash.mWx4WOx0.dpuf

Are you percolating an original art project that needs seed money to get off the ground? Apply for a Sculpture Project Arts Programming Grant.

The grants, up to $5,000, are for art projects of all kinds that connect to The Sculpture Project. Projects need a downtown Rapid City connection, special consideration is given to proposals that include partners and collaborators, and a funding match is required. The final 2014 deadline is June 1.

The application is simple (really!) and can be found here. If you have questions about whether your project fits the criteria or about how to complete the application, please don't hesitate to contact anna@destinationrapidcity.com.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-grants.html#sthash.iCHw0Jt5.dpuf

Are you percolating an original art project that needs seed money to get off the ground? Apply for a Sculpture Project Arts Programming Grant.

The grants, up to $5,000, are for art projects of all kinds that connect to The Sculpture Project. Projects need a downtown Rapid City connection, special consideration is given to proposals that include partners and collaborators, and a funding match is required. The final 2014 deadline is June 1.

The application is simple (really!) and can be found here. If you have questions about whether your project fits the criteria or about how to complete the application, please don't hesitate to contact anna@destinationrapidcity.com.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-grants.html#sthash.iCHw0Jt5.dpuf

Are you percolating an original art project that needs seed money to get off the ground? Apply for a Sculpture Project Arts Programming Grant.

The grants, up to $5,000, are for art projects of all kinds that connect to The Sculpture Project. Projects need a downtown Rapid City connection, special consideration is given to proposals that include partners and collaborators, and a funding match is required. The final 2014 deadline is June 1.

The application is simple (really!) and can be found here. If you have questions about whether your project fits the criteria or about how to complete the application, please don't hesitate to contact anna@destinationrapidcity.com.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-grants.html#sthash.iCHw0Jt5.dpuf

Christine Stewart shared a first draft of Part One of Passage of Wind and Water: A Choral Poem.

Christine writes that this draft is, "Inspired by the work of Mrs. Garrett's sixth-graders (Southwest Middle School) as well as several of the adult participants who have sent me lines, poems, and bits of prose. I have drafted the "wind" section of the choral poem. Several parts seem to be shaping up: stars, water, wind, stone, prairie. I'm eager to collect more submissions, so please send yours as soon as possible."

A choral poem is a poem designed to be read aloud by two or more people in a group setting. This first draft is crafted for three readers. To read the poem,

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-poem-draft.html#sthash.NYN9dc4F.dpuf

NEWS

Sculpture inspires Native arts gathering, Rapid City Journal, July 16, 2015

Engaging with public art, Rapid City Journal, July 9, 2015

Sculptor returns to Rapid City, KEVN, July 2, 2015

Community's living room taking shape, Rapid City Journal, June 18, 2015

Mural complements Sculpture Project, SDPB, June 15, 2015

Young artist's work inspired by Sculpture Project, KOTA, April 27, 2015

Behind the scenes with Aaron Pearcy, KOTA, April 27, 2015

Good, Bad and the Ugly: Mural project, Rapid City Journal, April 7, 2015

Mural inspired by Sculpture Project underway, Rapid City Journal, March 31, 2015


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