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CHINA: Chinese Folktales & Mythology Eddie Tsang was born in China and moved to Hong Kong when he was 11 years old. He completed college in Hong Kong and then came to America and earned his Master’s degree at Indiana University. Now retired from teaching in the Cedar Rapids school district, Mr. Tsang conducts workshops and presentations about various aspects of Chinese culture. In this workshop, students hear stories of the creation of the world and mankind according to Chinese mythology, and discover how myths reflect cultural, social, and historical aspects of their respective origin. Students may also hear the story of Liang Shan-­‐po and Chu Ying-­‐tai, a Chinese folktale similar to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The story provides insight into Chinese customs, the five sources of respect, marriage and funeral rituals, women’s position in the past, and the difference between how Chinese and western culture view “tragedy” in the theatre. Intro to Chinese Language Eddie Tsang was born in China and moved to Hong Kong when he was 11 years old. He completed college in Hong Kong and then came to America and earned his Master’s degree at Indiana University. Now retired from teaching in the Cedar Rapids school district, Mr. Tsang conducts workshops and presentations about various aspects of Chinese culture. In this workshop, students will discover Chinese writing and spoken language. They will become familiar with Chinese numbers and basic characters and learn to speak some useful daily expressions. The workshop will conclude with a martial arts demonstration. Chinese Children’s Games Guifang Xu and Yongmei Zhou China delight students with this workshop that explores ways that Chinese children entertain themselves. Students participate in traditional games such as “Dragon Chasing Its Tail” and “Eagle Chasing the Chicks”. They also learn the Chinese version of American favorites “Rock, Paper, Scissors” and “Marco Polo”. Chinese Waist Drum Dance Members of the Iowa Chinese Association will capture students’ attention with this rhythmic dance, typically performed at festivals and celebrations. Students will have an opportunity to wear the drums and find within themselves the discipline required to coordinate their hands and feet, creating a rhythm of graceful movement. Chinese History of Calligraphy Zhisheng (Jason) Qing, a native of China, is an artist and Chinese culture instructor, as well as an employee of Pioneer Hi-­‐
Bred. In this workshop, students will learn the evolution and history of Chinese characters and examine tools and techniques for performing calligraphy. [email protected] (515) 273-­‐8569 11822 NW Brookview Ln Grimes IA 50111 INDIA: Kathak Dance and Mathematics Math becomes a full body experience through Kathak, a type of dance in Northern India. This method of dance is famous for its precision and cyclic mathematical patterns. Students in this workshop will learn about the sixteen bear "Teental" and how the drums keep the beat in groups of four. Division, addition and geometry all come into play during this dance lesson. Kathak Dance and Language Arts Kathak dance is learned and practiced through the use of syllables called bois. Bois have no literal meaning, but represent the universality of language and correspond to the drumbeats played during the dance. Sounds of words and meaning are explored in this context as the dance steps often look the way they sound. Math and storytelling are also explored using this method of dance and children are encouraged to invent their own hand symbols and body shapes and participate in many different ways. Geometry and Dance in India In Indian dance there is a great emphasis on precise movements, beauty of line, naturalness, circles, arcs and lines. The body is trained to remember how to move so that perfect circles or triangles are created, not only through static poses, but also through movement in space. Children will make shapes by moving their hand in a figure eight, circle or other patterns. Symmetry and asymmetry will also be explored through dance languages. Dandiya – Folk Dance of Gujarat, India Sonal Mistry was born in Gujarat, India. She has been living in the USA since 1995. Sonal is a professional Henna (Mehandi) designer and is also very well versed in Indian culture, arts, crafts and dances. In this workshop, students will learn about the history and cultural significance of the “Dandiya” dance, also known as the “Stick Dance”. Students will learn the rhythm of the sticks and the steps to this native dance. Introduction to Yoga and Ayurveda Ritika Sinha will intrigue students with the basic principles of Ayurveda: a holistic system of healing which evolved among the Brahmin sages of ancient India some 3000-­‐5000 years ago. Students will perform Yoga Asanas and Pranayam and learn about their bodies and how foods, environments, weather and the breathing/exercises they do affect their bodies’ energy. The Ancient Art of Mehndi Sonal Mistry, a native of Gujarat, India will enlighten students about the ancient art of Mehndi. The art form of applying henna (known as mehandi) has been a part of many cultures for thousands of years. Henna art is associated with the Indian culture and its use as a ceremonial art form for wedding ceremonies. Indian designs are made of a delicate blending of fine lines creating a striking pattern that covers a large area of the skin such as the hands and feet. Students in this session will learn the history and significance of mehandi and receive their own design. (Please make parents aware that these “temporary tattoos” may last up to a week.) [email protected] (515) 273-­‐8569 11822 NW Brookview Ln Grimes IA 50111 Rural Schools in India Ritika Sinha will transport students out of their Iowa classroom and into a classroom in an Indian village. Starting from sunrise to when they return home to their parents, they will experience a typical day. Ritika will ask for a couple student volunteers to dress in traditional clothing such as a Sari and Dhoti. Interactive activities for all students include writing students' names in Hindi on note cards and performing Yoga Asanas. Classical Indian Sitar Ritu Varma, a classical musician, will lead students on a musical exploration of one of the world’s most enchanting instruments: the Sitar. After learning the Indian version of Do Re Mi, students who demonstrate respect and trustworthiness will earn a chance to play the sitar. Indian Bollywood Dancing Indian film musicals have created a popular dance movement that has taken hold in the US. Through a demonstration of Bollywood dance styles, Wendy Stegall illustrates how cultures around the world connect and grow from each other. Students learn various elements of Indian dancing in the movies compared with classical training. As they practice typical Indian gestures and Bollywood dance moves, students explore their own strength and ability to adapt to things that are “different.” Yoga – India’s Gift to the World Explore Indian culture through Yoga as Robin Bourjaily provides insight into the ancient philosophy that has shaped and guided Indian society today. Participants will experience one of the most popular workshops among school-­‐age students as they explore postures and breathing techniques that revitalize the body, clear the mind and restore calm. NEPAL: Nepali Celebrations Ambika Adhikari from Nepal will delight students with this workshop focusing on the culture of Nepal. Students will learn about Nepali celebrations and participate in traditional activities. JAPAN: Gyotaku: Japanese Fish Printing Dell Radcliff is an art teacher who has traveled and studied in Japan, and has escorted student groups exploring Japanese art and culture. Students in this workshop use paint brushes to coat freshly-­‐caught fish with tempura paint, then press an image onto paper, creating a take-­‐home of traditional art, known as Gyotaku or Japanese Fish Printing. Through the process, students discover the bond between the environment and culture, and gain an appreciation for water quality and environmental health. MALAYSIA: Ancient Art of Batik Kemlyn Tan Bappe is an artist from Singapore. She is Peranakan, an intermarriage of the Malay and Chinese cultures with their unique cuisine, artistry and dress. Batik is a traditional part of the Peranakan culture. In this workshop, students will make their own Batik artwork. [email protected] (515) 273-­‐8569 11822 NW Brookview Ln Grimes IA 50111 SINGAPORE: Building Homes and Communities This interactive and hands-­‐on workshop compares how homes and communities are built in Iowa and high-­‐rise city of Singapore. Students will explore how geography, population and even climate affect the home building and community development. Students will also engage in discussions about how respecting those around you is affected by how densely populated a city or town is. Students will use creativity and problem solving stills to construct a unique high-­‐rise "home" using marshmallows and toothpicks. KOREA: Korea – Land of the Morning Calm In this workshop, Thea Nicholas will lead students on an exploration of Korean culture. She will share the story of her family’s move to Korea in the late 1940’s along with photos and other artifacts to help make this culture come alive. Students will hear traditional folklore stories, learn some Tae Kwan Do and make their own Korean flag. Playing Together in Korea Dr. KumSan Song said goodbye to her family and home in Korea as a young physician at the end of the Korean War. But her responsibilities for caring for her mother and her 6 younger brothers and sisters half way around the world did not end. Korea’s collectivist culture taught her the essence of respect and responsibility. The language, the customary greetings of respect, the expectations in the classroom – even the behaviors and rules of play among friends – taught Dr. Song that the collective, whole group must succeed together. Dr. Song invites students to experience Korea’s Confucian culture, playing childhood games including Komu-­‐chul Taki (Rubber Rope Ride, aka Jump Rope) and Kong-­‐gi (a game like jacks). [email protected] (515) 273-­‐8569 11822 NW Brookview Ln Grimes IA 50111 EUROPE AND RUSSIA
EUROPE: Europe and the Jewish Holocaust Beverly Nagel Ellis will share the story of her parents surviving in a slave camp in Russia and their journey after they were liberated from the camp. Students will hear how different skills and resources saved their lives. Through pictures, artifacts, and the art of Haiku students will recognize the significance of WWII and the impact it had on her life. They will then have the opportunity to create their own Haiku and illustration based on what they experience during the workshop. RUSSIA: Welcome to Russia Dmitry Yarushkin, a native of Russia and an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Grand View University, shares Russian history, geography and culture. In this workshop, students learn and practice some of the most common Russian words and phrases while enjoying a tea ceremony with a samovar (special kettle used to prepare tea) and typical Russian deserts. Russia’s Hidden Face Life in Russia historically has been difficult, but children grew up trusting that their hard work and everlasting appreciation of beautiful artistry will bring them fortune. Maria Napolitano, a native of Russia, vividly crafts an image from her Russian childhood. With the story of Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave, Ms. Napolitano provides insight into the traditional folk art of cloth dolls. While students learn how to make their own cloth dolls, they discover Russia's history, lifestyle and beliefs. They also discover how to look beyond the harsh exterior to see a true Russian friend. BOSNIA: A Cup of Bosnian Hospitality "Stop by for a cup of coffee and I'll tell you everything," says one friend to another, where coffee is the centerpiece of Bosnian culture. Zeljka Krvavica of Sarajevo invites students to sit with her on the living room floor and join her in preparing coffee, serving guests and sharing stories. UKRAINE: Babushka and Her Special Egg Coloring eggs for Easter is a Ukrainian tradition that has spread far beyond its borders. Hear the story of Babushka and Her Special Egg, explore the meanings behind decorations and colors, and learn about Ukrainian culture through the many difference aspects of these eggs. Students will then have the chance to do an egg drawing with their own meanings. [email protected] (515) 273-­‐8569 11822 NW Brookview Ln Grimes IA 50111 ENGLAND: English Tea Time Cathy Wadsworth, a culinary artist, owned a restaurant in Fairfield, Iowa. She was born in Reading, England. Explore the origin of tea in the English culture and what it was like to grow up in an English family and the traditions surrounding teatime. A discussion about the difference between the British and American governments will be included. Workshop will include sampling of different teas and the traditional cucumber sandwich. English Crumpets: Breaking Bread Together Cathy Wadsworth, a culinary artist, owned a restaurant in Fairfield, Iowa. She was born in Reading, England. Students will be introduced to different types of grain, the leavening process, available fuel source and other factors contributing to the art of bread making. Workshop will include sampling crumpets with traditional English spread "golden syrup." IRELAND: Winter Irish Holiday Days Known for singing, dancing and merry-­‐making all around, the Irish enjoy the winter holidays of Christmas, Wrenning Day and others. Professional storyteller Maureen Korte introduces students to Irish stories and traditions, and a bit o’ history, as they discover how the Irish transform hard work and hardship into celebration and joy – for as they say in old Gaelic, “Nothing is done without effort.” Irish Myths, Legends, and Folk Tales Stories are history, and history is the thing that makes us real, says Professional Storyteller Maureen Korte. Students in this workshop blend fact and fiction, using Ireland as their source for creativity, as they join Ms. Korte in the whimsical art of story spinning, featuring the land of Leprechauns, fairies, elves, gremlins, snakes and St. Patrick. [email protected] (515) 273-­‐8569 11822 NW Brookview Ln Grimes IA 50111 THE AMERICAS
UNITED STATES: A Blues School Frank Strong, aka “Freight Train Frank” goes through the history of Blues music explaining its origins and influences. Through live presentations on a harmonica, guitar, and singing Frank compares different musical styles, teaches the fundamentals and geography of Blues, and assists the students in trying out instruments for themselves and even creating their own Blues song. LATIN AMERICA: COLOMBIA, PANAMA, PUERTO RICO, AND MORE Musical Journey through Latin America Karin Stein of Colombia and Ed East of Panama take students on a journey through Latin America, exploring the geography, cultures, and folk music. Students actively participate in this workshop filled with instruments and demonstrations of vocal styles. Dances of Latin America Luisito Cabrera and Melanie Rivera, artistic directors of Salsa Des Moines, step in and out of Latin culture in this workshop. As students learn the dance steps of Salsa, Tango, Cumbia and other dances based on Latin rhythms, they discover the European and African roots of these cultures. COLOMBIA: Colombian Mochila Mochilas (knapsacks) are a way of life for many Colombians. Woven with natural fibers, these art forms are a symbol of creativity, wisdom, and our connection with nature. Paula Leal of Colombia introduces students to the Mochila fashion statement, revealing shapes and colors in the fabrics that symbolize flowers, pathways, water and other elaborate designs that increase the value of the bag. PERU: Peruvian Pan Flutes Cucho Madero is a professional musician who performs at festivals around Iowa. In this session, he will demonstrate the technique of playing the pan flute and summarize the instrument’s cultural history. He will also challenge students to speak a few phrases in Spanish. [email protected] (515) 273-­‐8569 11822 NW Brookview Ln Grimes IA 50111 MEXICO: Musical Tour of Mexico R.J. Hernandez, with Los Guitarras de Mexico will take students on a musical journey of Mexico via different musical rhythms. Students will learn the names of the different rhythms from each region and have a chance to play various percussion instruments during the journey. Tonalpohualli – Significance of the Aztec Calendar Through this interactive workshop, Dawn (Xochiquetzalli) Martinez Oropeza and Juan Carlos Romero will enlighten students about the contributions of the Aztec/Mexica people, including the Aztec Calendar. Dawn and Juan Carlos will focus on the elements of the 4 directions represented. Dancing and drumming will reinforce these teachings. Students will also learn several words in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, which is still spoken by 1.4 million people in Mexico. Students will experience the wholeness of the Mexica society as they experience the teachings of the calendar through learning a traditional blessings dance. Colorful Stories Latina storyteller Alma Haines delights students with stories, toys, and activities from Mexico. She explains the traditions and significance behind many well-­‐known symbols of Mexican culture, including piñatas and colorful clothing. BRAZIL: Capoeira, Martial Art of Brazil Capoeira, an Afro-­‐Brazilian martial art, originated in Brazil during the time of slavery. Capeoria was disguised as a dance by the slaves and then used as a revolutionary tool to help free themselves from oppression. Today, Capoeria is celebrated for its beauty, tradition and profound importance in the history of Brazil. Students in this session will learn the language, the rules and how to “play.” [email protected] (515) 273-­‐8569 11822 NW Brookview Ln Grimes IA 50111 MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
MIDDLE EAST: Arabic Calligraphy and Language Kristie Burns will share samples of Arabic calligraphy and teach students which words in Arabic come from Spanish origins and which words in English come from Arabic origins. This workshop starts with two funny Arabic folktales about language and speech. Then, students learn about the Arabic language through the use of games and manipulatives (wooden shapes of Arabic letters and words), they learn how Arabic is written, the difference between colloquial and written language and even what some American products look like in Arabic (like a Coca Cola bottle). A Meal in the Middle East Kristie Burns & Mohsina Mandil start this workshop with a few hilarious tales about food from the Middle East and then gets out rugs, pillows and dishes from the Middle East and helps students set up a traditional "meal". Students participate in a mock meal and participate in an "original audience participation story (by Kristie)" about the meal using Middle Eastern drums and other props. Students will learn the names of basic foods and phrases used during a meal in Arabic. They are given the opportunity to dress up and may even try a couple Middle Eastern treats. Girls in the Middle East This workshop is intended for children age 11 and above. Teens & Pre-­‐teens learn about the life of girls in the Middle East through stories by famous Middle Eastern Authors and through a fashion show/play with traditional and modern clothing. Participants learn how to write their names in Arabic and are given roles in a small play that reflect what their role would be in a Middle Eastern home today. This class can be for girls-­‐only or can be done for a mixed audience. Middle Eastern Marketplace In this workshop, Kristie Burns and Mohsina Mandil bring in products, clothing and coins from the Middle East and helps children set up a Middle Eastern Market to trade their wares. Students learn a few key phrases they need to bargain at the market and the basic words for Arabic numbers. Students also create signs for their market stalls in Arabic and are given the opportunity to wear traditional clothing or accessories as they shop. This lesson always starts with some very funny traditional stories and jokes from the Middle East on the topic of money and shopping. The Arabic New Year December 7, 2010; November 26, 2011; November 15, 2012. Celebrating the Chinese New Year is a popular tradition in classes around America. Students learn about the more than 100 kinds of calendars that still exist in the world today through celebrating the Arabic New Year. Kristie & Mohsina teach children about the different kinds of lunar New Years and the difference between the Western calendar and the lunar calendars by leading a celebration of the Arabic New Year in the classroom. Students fill out their own "lunar calendar", play a game created by Kristie that teaches them about the lunar months, learn some Arabic jokes about the sun and the moon and are given the opportunity to dress-­‐up in traditional clothing. [email protected] (515) 273-­‐8569 11822 NW Brookview Ln Grimes IA 50111 CENTRAL AND SOUTH AFRICA
KENYA: Storytelling in Kenya Ruth Mwangangi, a native of Nairobi, Kenya, and an employee of The Principal Financial Group will capture student’s attention with her stories. The idea of story time is music to a kid's ears, a reminder of days gone by when it was okay to leave the world behind if only for a few minutes, to travel into their imagination. In the Kenyan culture, storytelling was the main mode of transmission of information and most of the stories had some kind of message or moral teaching. The stories were used to pass on the ethics, knowledge, virtues, values, and lifestyle of the Kenyan people. True to the concept of African storytelling are its songs and sounds. They each have a meaning and can be used to symbolize what is going on in a person's life. Experience Kenya Ruth Mwangangi, a native of Nairobi, Kenya, and an employee of The Principal Financial Group, will journey with students through a day in the life of a student in Kenya. They will learn to speak Kiswahili, wear local clothing, learn about the different ethnic foods and touch and feel many artifacts. Students will also explore the similarities and differences in lifestyle between Kenyan culture and American culture. Music in Kenya Ruth Mwangangi, a native of Nairobi, Kenya, and an employee of The Principal Financial Group will delight students with this workshop. Music is a key component of the African culture and especially so in Kenya. In this session, students will learn the different aspects of Kenyan music and dance as parts of the culture. Students will listen to a variety of Kenyan musicians, dress in dance attire and experience such instruments as a kayamba, tambourine and drums. SENEGAL: Math is the Beat of a Drum Anthony Stevens’ work on “Culturally-­‐Relevant Algebra Teaching: The Case of African Drumming” has been published in the Journal of Mathematics and Culture. He is chair of the psychology department at DMACC Urban Campus, a percussionist with The Bone People, and lectures and performs in Iowa schools and colleges frequently. His instruction spans the subjects of mathematics, social studies, African American history and music appreciation. In this session, students’ experience with African rhythms will resonate with their exploration of fractions and algebraic equations. West African Drumming Anthony Stevens is chair of the psychology department at DMACC Urban Campus, a percussionist with The Bone People, and lectures and performs in Iowa colleges, high schools and elementary schools frequently. In this workshop, Anthony will present the history of West African drumming and the celebration of a Senegalese village. The celebration includes song, drumming, and dance from Senegal and other West African nations. The connection to present day African American culture is also made. [email protected] (515) 273-­‐8569 11822 NW Brookview Ln Grimes IA 50111 NIGERIA: My Nigeria Eric Idehen is fluent in eight languages (including Russian and Spanish), he serves on the board of several community organizations addressing diversity and is the founding president of Cornerstone of Hope, an orphanage in his hometown of Benin City, Nigeria. In this workshop, Mr. Idehen will share his journey from Nigeria to Iowa. Students will enchanted with Nigerian culture as they flip through family photos, exchange naira bills, examine personal belongings and discover the reasons why he started an orphanage. BURUNDI: Friends from Africa In this workshop, students will talk about the experience of moving to a new place or starting a new school. Worldly Grace, a story of coming to Iowa from Sudan is highlighted, and participants are invited to try on African-­‐style “laus” and celebrate this wonderful culture. Students will participate in an African-­‐inspired craft that they will be able to take home as a souvenir of their travels. LIBERIA: Leaving Liberia Nida Flombo, a native of Liberia was forced to leave her village when war broke out. She and her children hid in the hills and eventually made their way to the border where they were sheltered in a refugee camp for several months before making their way to the United States. In this workshop, Nida will guide students through the culture and history of her homeland, engaging students with personal stories, cultural items and more. MALI: West African Drumming Drumming is central to the West African experience and is used for healing, communication and celebration. Fonsiba Koster has studied extensively with master drummers from the West African countries of Mali, Guinea, Senegal and the Ivory Coast. For 6 years she trained regularly with Madou Dembele from Mali and the Ivory Coast, and later spent 6 weeks in West Africa, apprenticing with Madou’s older brother Dramane, performing with him at traditional African weddings. While there, she produced a documentary video about her experiences in West African culture. For this workshop, Fonsiba brings in 30 drums for students to learn proper technique as they practice as many as 8 rhythms. SOUTH AFRICA: African Storytelling in Pictures & Patterns Visual Artist, Kemlyn Tan Bappe from Singapore, spent three months traveling in Zimbabwe and South Africa learning and teaching in the arts: art, drama, dance, music and storytelling. Visual artists in Zimbabwe tell stories of what life is like for them through their drawings and paintings, which inspired this workshop. This hands-­‐on, cultural and visual arts workshop includes students creating a Zimbabwean style drawing that gives a vignette of their lives in Iowa. 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AUSTRALIA: Exploring the Land Down Under Brenda McGuire lived in Australia for three years and traveled the country extensively during that time. In this workshop, she will take students on a memorable journey to the “Land Down Under”. While will sharing her experiences, Brenda will make this fabulous culture come to life! FIJI: Geometric Designs on Fijian Clothing Cathy Wadsworth, a British national, grew up in Fiji. This workshop introduces the custom and tradition of fabric making in Fiji. Students will learn about how the traditional fabric, "Masi" is made and how geometric patterns are applied using traditional dyes made from clay and the sap of the Mangrove Tree. "Masi" is an example of "living off the land." This workshop emphasizes the importance of sustainable living. Students will create geometric designs similar to Fijian patterns on paper. Architecture in the Pacific Islands British national, Cathy Wadsworth grew up in Fiji. She is now living and working as an artist in Fairfield, Iowa. Her parents, Stuart & Gilly Huggett are architects and own an architectural firm in Fiji. This hands-­‐on workshop introduces the customs and tradition of Fijian architecture. Educational components include examining how climate and environmental resources play a big role in thatch house design. Weaving is an integral part of thatch house construction. Students will be introduced to basic weaving by creating their own "woven" fish, a craft that is taught to every Fijian child to learn this important skill. [email protected] (515) 273-­‐8569 11822 NW Brookview Ln Grimes IA 50111 CROSS CULTURAL Immigration Stories Children’s Author Kay Smith will tell stories of real kids in Iowa who have moved here from other countries. Students will explore what it must be like to move to another country and have friends from different parts of the world. In the spirit of global friendship, they will perform an African dance with “lau” fabric, and play a game with “miniature dragons” known as Tot-­‐Cons, a popular activity at the Tai Dam New Year’s Festivals. Around the World in 80 Tales Professional storyteller Maureen Korte will delight students with stories from around the world. Engaging students through sign language, puppets, pantomime, dialect and costumes, Ms. Korte is especially adept at encouraging each student to discover, believe in, and share his/her own story worth telling. Multicultural Mosaics Concetta Morales, a professional mosaic tile artist, and details the fragmented cultures that piece together who she is: Italian, Puerto Rican, Brooklyn New Yorker, and Iowan. "You sort of had your celebrations at home, but in public you put on a persona of what you thought was homogenous." In this workshop, Ms. Morales employs both Italian mosaics and Puerto Rican frescos to illustrate the kinds of facades we create for ourselves. Students, inspired by Ms. Morales' stories and art, select bits and pieces of their own cultures, arranging them in a collage to portray some part of who they are. Sweet Treats Dessert means different things for different cultures. Some cultures consider cheese and fruit to be the most appropriate ending to a meal, while others believe a pudding is the best way to top off the meal. In South Asian countries, red beans, rice or sesame may be used. In Greece, honey is a common ingredient for desserts. A variety of spices may be used to flavor, color or preserve (such as cinnamon, cloves and cardamom). Students will discover which cultures use these spices and why, examine their own family recipes and traditions. Tea Time For many people of Asia, the tea drinking ritual is a way to bring together the mind and the body. Some cultures focus on the ceremony while others focus on the tea itself. The variety of tea grown in a country depends upon the climate, soil conditions and cultural preferences. Students in this workshop will have the opportunity to experience the importance of tea in Asian cultures. They will explore the purpose of the ceremonies and rituals and reflect on what they may represent for the culture. A variety of tea samples will be presented and students will learn the chemistry behind the various types (tannins, flavonoids, etc.). They will also compare green teas and black teas and discuss the fermentation process. In addition, students will participate in a tea ceremony and/or create their own tea ritual. The Importance of Citizenship Eric Idehen, a Community Development Officer at Wells Fargo, is fluent in eight languages (including Russian and Spanish), he serves on the board of several community organizations addressing diversity and is the founding president of Cornerstone of Hope, an orphanage in his hometown of Benin City, Nigeria. In this workshop, Mr. Idehen will enchant students with a glimpse into Nigerian culture by sharing personal photographs, clothing items and naira bills. He will share the story of his journey from Nigeria to the United States and his road to success in his adopted country. Mr. Idehen will share his belief that giving back is the path to being a good citizen. Students will learn about the orphanage that he started in Nigeria and explore their own ideas of how they can be good citizens. [email protected] (515) 273-­‐8569 11822 NW Brookview Ln Grimes IA 50111 School Pricing $150/Ambassador for 1 hour $50/Ambassador for each additional hour In some cases mileage or supply expenses are applicable Learn more about our many programs, including: • Culture in the Classroom • Multicultural Days • Long Term Residency • After School Program • Just for Teachers • Photo Ethnography • Zakery’s Bridge • Window Shopping • House Concerts • More! Scholarships may be available. Contact us with any questions: [email protected] [email protected] (515) 273-­‐8569 11822 NW Brookview Ln Grimes IA 50111