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  • Rootabaga Country – Sarasota Youth Opera & Embracing Our Differences

     Off-Campus Performance,  3-5,   K-2, Sarasota

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    Embracing Our Differences is proud to partner with the Sarasota Youth Opera to bring the world premiere of “Rootabaga Country,” by composer/librettist Rachel J. Peters, to students of Sarasota and Manatee counties. Ms. Peters explains that the work has a “sincere message of tolerance and inclusiveness in a cultural climate where the simple act of growing up is more confusing than ever before.” “Rootabaga Country” is an adaptation of selections from Carl Sandburg’s 1922 book Rootabaga Stories which is a collection of whimsical short stories created out of Sandburg’s desire to invent “American fairy tales” to match American childhood. In her opera, Ms. Peters introduces the audience to three characters; Gimme the Ax and his two children, Please Gimme and Ax Me No Questions, who have sold their possessions as they prepare to travel to Rootabaga Country, a land in the sky. Alelia, the children’s mother who loved to visit Rootabaga Country as a young girl, had previously disappeared when they were small so this journey is the family’s way of connecting with her again. Once they arrive, they meet Potato Face Blind Man who stations himself at every town’s post office and leads the family on adventures meeting unique characters along the way. Each journey provides the children with a connection to the mother they never knew and, at the conclusion of the story, the knowledge that families come in all shapes and sizes. Since 1984, Sarasota Youth Opera (SYO) has given young people age 8 to 18 an opportunity to experience the magic of opera through participation in after-school choruses, Sarasota Opera mainstage productions, summer workshops, and the Youth Opera’s own full-scale productions. Regarded as a leader in the commissioning and producing of works for young voices, SYO is the only program in the United States committed to presenting annual, full-scale opera productions for young voices with professional musicians, direction, and costume and scenic design. Embracing Our Differences is proud to collaborate with area arts organizations to bring its message of “diversity and inclusion” to children through the arts. Intended to maximize our community assets, this program is unique in Southwest Florida with 18,269 students benefiting in 2017.

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  • The Circus of Language: The Circus Poster

     In-School Exploration,  3-5, Sarasota

    $5

    Students create a circus poster using expressive nouns and adjectives.

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  • Warhol: Flowers in the Factory

     Off-Campus Field Trip,  3-5,  6-8,  9-12,   K-2, Sarasota

    $10

      “Flowers in the Factory” will turn Selby Gardens into a floral playground and feature original artwork by the artist Andy Warhol. Six Warhol silkscreens of flower will be on view in the Museum of Botany & the Arts. Colorful, playful living d …

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  • Where Land Meets Sea: 7th Grade Mangrove and Estuary Exploration

     Off-Campus Field Trip,  6-8, Sarasota

    $7

    Created by the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens especially for 7th Grade Life Science students, to extend their field trip on the Carefree Learner.  This field study specifically focusing on estuaries and mangroves will broaden students’ understanding of …

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  • Deck The Halls: ‘Tis The Season

     Off-Campus Performance,  3-5,   K-2, Sarasota

    $5

    Deck The Halls: ‘Tis The Season A brand new Florida Studio Theatre rendition of everything that makes the holidays in Sarasota special. With all new songs and sketches, audiences should get ready to celebrate the holidays – Florida style – palm trees w …

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  • Symphony in the Schools

     In-School Exploration,  In-School Performance,  Off-Campus Performance,  Professional Visit to Class,  3-5, Venice

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    The Venice Symphony’s, Symphony in the Schools, offers Sarasota County 3rd graders the opportunity to see and hear all of the symphonic instruments.  Demonstration teams bring musical sights and sounds to life during visits to your school, using imagin …

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  • Bringing Peter and the Wolf to Life

     Teaching Artist Residency,  3-5,   K-2, Sarasota

    $20

    Using Prokofiev’s timeless classic, Peter and the Wolf, teaching artist Stephanie Daige teaches students: basic music vocabulary, including pitch, rhythm, timbre, and tempo to identify different musical instruments by sight and sound to express themsel …

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  • Musical Tours and Petting Zoos

     In-School Exploration,  3-5,   K-2, Sarasota

    $3

    MUSICAL PETTING ZOO – (K-2nd) MUSICAL TOURS – (3rd-5th) How many children can say they have strummed a guitar and plucked a ukulele at least once? How many kids could tell how they first tried both a trumpet and a trombone? How many young people have a …

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  • Artist Series Concerts in Schools

     In-School Performance,  9-12, Sarasota

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    : For more than twenty years Artist Series Concerts has brought world-class musicians Sarasota County to perform more than forty concerts annually. Many of these artists are rising stars both nationally and throughout the world. Many extended their sta …

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  • The BIG Problem with Microplastics

     In-School Exploration,  9-12, Sarasota

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    Students will engage in citizen science and contribute to the Florida Microplastics Awareness database (www.plasticaware.org).   This is a hands-on, inquiry-led science investigation where students collect and analyze water samples in small groups.  Th …

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