Celebrate SPDT! Give to the Max Day 2019

Save the date for Thursday, November 14th. Give to the Max Day 2019 will celebrate the non-profit organizations that serve and enhance the lives of Minnesotans. As a bonus, GiveMN offers thousands of dollars in prizes to provide a little excitement, start some friendly competition, and help donors make their dollars go further.

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Family Albums/Across Generations in Duluth

Minneapolis, MN.– Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT) will present its Arts & Education program, Family Albums/Across Generations, in collaboration with Congdon Park Elementary School and Edgewood Vista Senior Living Facility in Duluth, MN, from November 4th-15th, 2019. This two-week residency is made possible through an Arts Learning grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The MSAB awarded only 85 Arts Learning grants statewide this year, out of 142 applications. The project will culminate in a final performance, featuring the stories of Congdon students and Edgewood residents. SPDT Artistic Co-Director Suzanne Costello will direct this residency in collaboration with the company’s teaching artists.

All Congdon Park Elementary 5th graders will work closely with SPDT teaching artists to explore their family stories, histories, and legacies. The students will interview family members to learn more about their personal narratives and keep journals to document the creative process. The residency will culminate in an original performance work, integrating movement, music, video, and spoken word. The 5th-grade students will perform this new work on Friday, November 15th, 12:30-1:30pm in the Congdon Park Elementary School gym. This performance is FREE and open to the Congdon and Duluth communities.

SPDT will also partner with Edgewood Vista to present Life Stories, a series of movement/storytelling workshops for senior adults. Through gentle movement exercises, the participants will find new ways to share their experiences. Excerpts of the residents’ stories will be included via film in the final performance work at Congdon Elementary. Edgewood residents will attend the performance at Congdon and participate in a post-show discussion together with the Congdon students.

SPDT will also present Families in Motion, a free movement workshop for all Congdon students, their families, and Duluth community members, on Tuesday, November 12th, 6:00-7:00pm in the Congdon Elementary School gym. This workshop is designed for students to participate in with their adult relative or caregiver. It will provide an opportunity for families to have fun and connect in new ways. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and shoes to move in. No prior movement experience necessary.

This residency is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.