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Sticks and Stones: Artist in Residence Program Targets Bullying

GILMANTON — Later this month, students at Gilmanton School will use the power of the arts to explore one of the most troubling issues affecting young people today--bullying.

Artist-educators Jeff Erwin and Skip Brunette will spend two weeks in residency at the school working with students of all ages to tackle this complex subject. Their program, called Sticks and Stones: Words do Matter, has been praised throughout the state for its innovation, creativity, and community building. The residency will culminate with a final performance on Thursday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m., which will be open to students, parents, and community members.

Bullying has been recognized as one of the most challenging problems facing schools, young people, and families. No longer limited to the school hallway or playground, bullying now occurs on social media, through texting, on the bus, at school events, and in the community. For victims, bullying can result in school absences, falling grades, anxiety, depression, and even suicide. One of the keys to stopping bullying is to create a school community where kids and adults are not afraid to stand up for what is right.

The Sticks and Stones program will include workshops for students and teachers, focused on identifying the causes and effects of bullying, the importance of kindness, and how kids can change from being bystanders to "upstanders" who are not afraid to stand up for peers who are being bullied. Role-playing, visual arts, music, drama, dance, and writing will be used to explore these topics and create solutions to prevent bullying and empower students. According to the program's website, "Sticks and stones makes a strong case for the idea that KINDNESS and ACCEPTANCE are immensely more powerful and rewarding than the stature one may gain from intentionally hurting, intimidating or isolating others."

During the residency, the artists will spend time with students in each grade, and work in depth with a core group of seventh graders to develop and stage a multimedia performance showing what they have learned. After the evening performance on April 10, there will be a daytime performance for all students and staff on Friday April 11. For more information about this program, contact art teacher Brynn Potter or music teacher Mary Sawyer at Gilmanton School, (603) 364-5681, or visit Jeff Erwin's website, http://www.trashcanlidproductions.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 09:27

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VynnArt in Bloom Exhibit Opens April 4th

 

MEREDITH — Over a dozen Lakes Region artist's will display their floral works in a Fine Art Exhibit called "VynnArt in Bloom". The Exhibit and Art Sale opens on Friday, April 4th through Sunday, April 6th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and closing on Sunday at 4 p.m. On Friday evening from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. a reception will be held. At this time the public will have an opportunity to meet and talk with several of the artists.

The show at VynnArt Gallery and Art Supplies located on 30 Main Street, next to Mill Falls Market Place.

Over 60 floral paintings in all mediums, pastels, drawings and photography, will be featured at the show. Prints and artist's greeting cards will also be for sale. Among the art, local florists will display their have their creations on display. Throughout the show you will have the opportunity to watch artists paint their next creation.

Artist Carole Keller commented, "This is a perfect time of the year to have this type of show. So many of us are looking for reasons to get out of the house".

Gallery owner Vynnie Hale said, "I have seen several of the paintings that the artist's have created exclusively for this show and it immediately made me feel that Spring is right around the corner. Every day that I enter my gallery, I am amazed by the talent that is right here in the Lakes Region. This show makes me even more proud of our local artists".

For more information about the "VynnArt in Bloom" Exhibit call (603) 279-0557

Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 09:21

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Talk about civil discourse at Taylor Community

LACONIA — A political psychologist will be give a talk on ways to promote more civil discussion on current political issues at a program scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, at 11 a.m. at the Taylor Community's Woodside Building.

Dr. Krisan Evenson is a political psychologist and teaching lecturer in Plymouth State University's Social Science Department.

Evenson will talk about the impression that today's political discussions are constant debate with no resolution. In this climate many avoid conflict, while others contribute to the cacophony. Meanwhile, many young people have turned away from political institutions toward those organizations they view as more constructive.

The program is part of collaboration between Meredith Village Savings Bank, Taylor Community and Plymouth State University, designed to bring educational and entertaining programs to Taylor residents and the greater Lakes Region area.

The event is free and open to the public, but those wishing to attend are asked to call 524-5600 between 8 a.m and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ensure seating.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 09:16

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Dog Park Fundraiser Saturday Night

LACONIA — The 2nd Annual Happy Tails Dog Park Variety Show Fundraiser will be held Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Beane Conference Center at 35 Blueberry Lane.

The event will feature songs, dance, original skits, vendors, raffles and food and fun. Admission is $12. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:37

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