|Youth Education at the Gathering|
Hundreds of poets, storytellers and musicians have walked across the stages in the years we have produced the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. As always, the Western Folklife Center shares some of our favorite programs and artists for Elko County students. For the 2014 Gathering, we wre especially pleased to have several new programs for teens, including classes on writing and reciting poetry and a special Teen Poetry & Music Slam. To register for these programs, parents and educators were instructed to contact Jan Petersen by phone at 775-738-5668 (evenings please).
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. for the 30th Gathering, the Youth Festival was held at the Western Folklife Center from January 21-23, 2014. Each group participated in an 80-minute session. 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. A call for exhibit-ready artwork will go out through the Elko County schools. 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 for 2014!
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. The dates for on-site assemblies will be provided when available for the next Gathering. Anticipated but not confirmed costt: $300 for one assembly, $450 for two assemblies (by same performers at the same school).
For January 2014, there were two assembly options:
Cow Kids’ Stampede
We always offer great bands for thes Cow Kids’ Stampede! There are two options to choose from, a morning show and an early afternoon show. Both 45-minute shows take place at the Elko Convention Center Auditorium on Wednesday of Gathering week. 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 typically held 6:15–7:30 pm on Thursday of Gathering week, 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 FOR 2014!
From Page to Stage NEW FOR 2014!
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.