Gary

Why I Love Listening to Jazz

April is Jazz Appreciation Month! To celebrate, we asked our resident jazz aficionado--Artistic Director, Gary Draper--to let us in on his favorites.  After some wine last night I listened to some of my Jazz favorites. Three of them are: Art Blakey’s Split Kick with Clifford...


Creating learning moments out of classroom chaos (yes, it can happen!)

Teaching children can be a volatile experience, especially when the subject is art.  And since art can be almost anything, it pays for a teaching artist to be ready for almost anything when teaching kids.  One of many occupational nightmares a teacher has to face is the...


The Subtle Change Within

One of my jobs as the Artistic Director is to visit school sites to support teaching artists.  During a school year my observations take me to child development centers, elementary schools, middle schools and juvenile halls. My role is to understand what takes place during a 30...