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Vote for Drew’s Show!

Keith White, Kasie Gasparini & Drew Gasparini

`Til Dawn Alum Drew Gasparini’s show “Crazy, Just Like Me” opened in New York on Tuesday to a sold out audience and fantastic buzz in the New York Musical Theater Festival.

“Crazy, Just Like Me” is the story of 3 twenty-somethings, Simon, Mike, and Lauren, who are dealing with life, love, change, and discovery. It shows that sometimes, you don’t get to pick who you love.

If you are in New York and want to check out the show then Click here.

If you want to see a promo to get more information. Click here.

Did you see “Crazy, Just Like Me?” when it premiered here in the Bay Area and featured two more `Til Dawn Alum – Keith White and Kasie Gasparini (pictured above).  In CA and wish you could catch the show?  November 28  &  29 the show will appear at  California State University Chico in Chico, CA. There are only 2 performance dates. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Right now the show is featured in the New York Musical Festival.  The Festival gives artists the crucial chance to hone their craft and their musicals, by realizing their shows in three dimensions before a live and responsive audience — and it delivers greater production value and promotional reach than its participants could otherwise afford.  By consistently attracting the participation of well-known actors, directors and other established members of the theatre industry, the Festival has also created an environment rich with mentorship opportunities for newer artists, and made the festival a leading spot for the discovery of talented new performers, directors, choreographers, designers, and producers — as well as writers.

The largest annual musical theatre event in the world, the Festival presents 30 productions each fall in the heart of New York City’s theatre district, alongside a dazzling array of readings, concerts, and other special events.  It is attended by an audience of more than 30,000 theater lovers and by producers, talent scouts, and other industry insiders. Of the more than 270 new musicals presented at the Festival since its inception in 2004, more than 70 have gone on to successful productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, in almost every U.S. state and in more than a dozen countries around the world.

You can vote for Drew’s show as first place in the Audience appreciation category. Click here.

Davidson Middle School to Work on Mural Project

The mural, which will depict the history of San Rafael will be installed on the outside of the Youth in Arts building in June, 2012.

Youth in Arts invites seventh and eighth grade students at Davidson Middle School to participate in the creation of a public mural about the history of San Rafael. This large-scale mural will be installed in downtown San Rafael at the current Youth in Arts space, 917 C Street. Throughout the school year students will be led by a professional artist in the creation of the mural, which will be unveiled in June 2012 in a community-wide celebration.

Youth in Arts Mentor Artist Brooke Toczylowski will guide a leadership team of 15-20 students in the research and creation of the mural. In addition to this leadership team the Mentor Artist will be available to collaborate and work with the social studies teachers in designed and facilitating an integrated curriculum around the history of San Rafael. Students and teachers will ponder inquiry questions like, “How do Artists Represent History?” and “How is History Told by Different People?”

Students participating on the leadership team will gain a wide range of skills they can transfer to other disciplines. Each youth artist will be in charge of keeping an art journal they will use for research, sketches, ideas, questions, and reflections. The research segment of the project will investigate the history of San Rafael, cultural connections, Master Artists, personal experiences, interviews, and more. Students will be exposed to resources with the Mentor Artist but will also be expected to do research in their art journals outside of meeting time. The leadership group will take 1-3 field trips during the course of the project: 1) a walking field trip of San Rafael 2) a visit to the Marin History Museum 3) a visit to San Rafael artists’ studios. These experiences will connect students personally to the content being studied and will provide the group with ideas and sketches for the mural itself. The art journals will be a place for students to document and record these academic and personal experiences. Segments of the journals will be on display during the 2012 unveiling in a gallery exhibit complementing the mural project.

In addition to historical and artistic research students will experiment with a variety of artistic materials during the residency. Through drawing in their art journals they will explore composition, shape, line, value, and other formal concerns. During studio time with the Mentor Artist they will learn about color, painting, and photography.

In addition to exploring the area, researching history, and investigating materials, the youth artists will develop skills for working in the public arena. They will brainstorm, plan, and collaborate as a team to design a final composition. With this final sketch they will propose their mural to the San Rafael City Council. They may need to re-adjust, make changes and re-propose it. Throughout this process they will learn that projects have take a lot of work and require patience and focus.

`Til Dawn Rocks the House

`Til Dawn has been performing for Bread & Roses for many years. Recently they performed at  The Janet Pomeroy Center.  The Center  provides recreational, vocational and educational opportunities for people with disabilities through programs and services that encourage self-expression, promote personal achievement, and lead to greater independence.

This is one of the over 35 performances that Til Dawn will do over the course of the year!

`Til Dawn has two rehearsals a week, several weekend retreats over the course of the year and performances all around the Bay Area.

Catch them next on November 6 at the Barbershop Chorus event at Marin Center’s Showcase Theater.

180 Days Exhibit Opening

On September 9th Youth in Arts Gallery had its opening reception for

180 Days: A Year in the Classroom,

an exhibition of drawings from the teaching journal of YIA Mentor Artist,

Brooke Toczylowski.

The artist, Brooke Toczylowski, responds to questions from young viewers during the opening. The youth asked questions like, “Did it really say that on the classroom door- is this true?” and “Why did you decide to do it like that?”

Each drawing represents one school day during the 2010-11 school year, during which time Toczylowski worked as an arts specialist with Youth in Arts in the Sausalito Marin City School District.

Teachers from both Bayside and Willow Creek came to the opening and discussed the work together.

Toczylowski taught grades K-5 at both the regular public school, Bayside Elementary, and the charter school, Willow Creek Academy, which reside on the same campus. The black-and-white ink drawings explore the personal and political experiences of a teacher working in a diverse community. From the small, inspiring moments of working directly with students to challenging situations that highlight the social and racial inequities prevalent in schools, Toczylowski gives us glimpses of the 21st century American classroom.

A student and parent peruse the process books, which document the arts learning experiences in the classroom.

Toczylowski’s artist statement discusses the importance of reflection in the life of a teacher and how this journal was her forum for processing her experiences.

Viewers are invited to share their own comments about the show, education, or specifically about their favorite teacher(s).

Student work is exhibited through process books that document the students’ arts learning experiences. Using student quotes, photos, and tangible examples, these books make visible the student-centered curriculum YIA encourages in the classroom.

By displaying Mentor Artist and student work together YIA intends to show the influence that professional artists can have in K-12 education.

The exhibit is open through November 5th.

Closing: Saturday, Nov. 5, 4-7 pm

Visit the Youth in Arts Gallery Monday through Friday 11-2 or by appointment (415-457-4878).

Welcome New Staff Members!

Youth in Arts welcomes Lily Oglesby, Director of the Youth in Arts Presents Series.  Lily has studied dance and theater for over 25 years and has been teaching both for over 15 years throughout the Bay Area. She studied ballet intensively at Milwaukee Ballet School and Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle. As well, she studied modern, jazz, West African and Zimbabwean dance at Weselyan University in CT. She continued her dance studies after college at San Francisco Dance Center, Rhythm and Motion, ODC and other dance centers around the Bay. She studied theater in London at The Central School of Speech and Drama, at Wesleyan U. and at ACT in SF, where she also taught for 4 years in the Young Conservatory. She has also studied dance abroad in Ghana, Brazil, Spain and the Domincan Republic.

Lily currently teaches and choreographs at schools throughout Marin, including Roco, Marin Primary and Middle School, Belvedere-Tiburon Rec. Center and Sun Valley Elementary School.  She was also the Green School Program Coordinator at Next Generation in San Rafael for the past two years and has taught environmental education for over ten years.  She also continues to perform theater and dance throughout the Bay.

Through her dance classes Lily gives students a taste of many dance styles from ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, musical theater, west African and Latin dance.  Lily aims to inspire a love of dance in each student and cultivate each students’ own unique style.

Her theater classes focus primarily on improvisational theater techniques and theater games to expand each students awareness of themselves and others and empower students through cultivating a deeper self-understanding and freedom of creativity.  More advanced classes incorporate different dramatic texts.  As well, students are supported in  developing there own theatrical written works.

In the Sausalito Marin City School District the Visual Arts Team has changed this school year. While we are sad to say good-bye to K-5 Specialist Brooke Toczylowski and Arts Coordinator Ascha Drake, we welcome back 5-8 Specialist K-Dub Williams and give a huge welcome to K-4 Specialist Marguerite Etemad.

Welcome Marguerite Etemad, Visual Arts Specialist in Sausalito Marin City. Marguerite is excited to be joining our arts learning community. She brings with her knowledge and experience in a variety of artistic mediums. She has been a teacher for 30 years and is passionate about arts education. Marguerite has a multiple subject credential, a single subject credential in Art, and a Masters in Education. In her own artwork she concentrates on clay sculpture, oil pastel, dance and photography. She is also an avid gardener and naturalist and has long incorporated environmental awareness into her curriculum.