|Youth Education at the Gathering|
Western Folklife Center Youth Festival
Each year, students are invited to visit the Western Folklife Center to learn about cowboy life, be the first visitors to our latest exhibit, and have some hands-on educational fun. This year, the program includes a tour of the Western Folklife Center exhibition Expressing the Rural West – Into the Future!, featuring beautiful artwork made by 20- and 30-something artists from around the West. Students will also get to try a hands-on leather-stamping activity, find out how cowboys live, learn to tie a cowboy scarf (and take it home!), and have a glass of sarsaparilla in the Pioneer Saloon. The Youth Festival will be held at the Western Folklife Center from January 21-23, 2014. Each group participates in an 80-minute session, and the youth festival is appropriate for grades 3 and 4. Read a blog posting about this event! Cost: $2 per student.
Student Art Show
From January until April, artwork from students around Elko County will be displayed in the Western Folklife Center’s G Three Bar Theater. Art teachers and instructors are encouraged to work with students to create work for this Student Art Show. In honor of the 150th anniversary of Nevada becoming a state, this year’s suggested art theme is Home Means Nevada. All grades are welcome to enter artwork; there is no cost for participation. Exhibit-ready artwork should be delivered to the Western Folklife Center no later than Friday, January 10, 2014. Artwork will be on display from Tuesday, January 21, 2014 through Saturday, April 12, 2014. A reception will be held for artists, parents, friends and the public on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, from 4:30–6:30 pm. Due to space limitations, a maximum of 25 pieces from each school will be accepted for exhibition.
Writing about Nevada NEW THIS YEAR!
Early in the week of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, cowboy artists will travel to schools throughout Elko County, to entertain and educate students about cowboy poetry and traditional music. These programs are excellent for all grade levels. Performance times are flexible and established at booking on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on school locations. On-site assemblies are available for Monday, January 27, and Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Cost: $300 for one assembly, $450 for two assemblies (by same performers at the same school).
This year, you can pick from two assembly options:
Cow Kids’ Stampede
There are two great bands to choose from for this year’s Cow Kids’ Stampede! Straight from Louisiana, zydeco rock stars Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys will get kids up and dancing for the morning show, while Riders In The Sky will have them laughing in the aisles during the early afternoon program. Both 45-minute shows take place at the Elko Convention Center Auditorium on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. The show is appropriate for students in all grades. Cost: $2 per student.
Young Buckaroo Open Mic & Talent Showcase
This is an opportunity for students 18 and under to share their creativity with the public, in a safe and welcoming atmosphere. It’s a highlight for our Gathering audiences, too! Young folks are encouraged to perform original poetry, classic recitations, western music and dance. The event is held 6:15–7:30 pm on Thursday, January 30, 2014, in the Elko Convention Center’s Turquoise Room and hosted by Deb Howard and Valerie Aguirre-Alt. This event is free to both participants and audience. Session registration begins at 5:45 pm on the day of performances. Please encourage your students to participate!
Teen Poetry & Music Slam
Poetry Writing for Teens NEW THIS YEAR!
From Page to Stage NEW THIS YEAR!
We thank Barrick Gold Strike Mines, Inc., Bretzlaff Foundation, Newmont Mining, Reno Rodeo Charitable Foundation, Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, Wrangler, and the many other businesses, organizations and individual donors for their generous support of the Western Folklife Center’s Youth Education Stakeholder Program.
Our student education programs cost the Western Folklife Center between $8 - $12 per child. We are able to underwrite these programs to keep costs affordable through the support of federal, state, business, foundation, and individual sources. Please consider sending letters to your legislators expressing the importance of these invaluable programs.