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Friday courses

Potpourri of the Arts [4 sessions]

9:30–11 a.m.

Moss A

June 9, 16, 23, 30

Sarah Ginter-Novinger, Program Committee

Week 1
Star Stories: Telling Your Story of a Total Solar Eclipse
What stories do the stars tell? How can we capture and share the incredible experience of witnessing a total solar eclipse through storytelling? Historically, astronomical events like an eclipse have long-lasting impacts on human culture, and many of these impacts have been shared over time through the arts. Learn how two MU Extension programs — Community Arts Program (CAP) and St. Louis Storytelling Festival (SLSF) — are engaging youth and adults in the timeless art of storytelling to tell the stories of the total eclipse.

The project, "Star Stories," begins at the 2017 St. Louis Storytelling Festival (May 3-6), when professional tellers will present astronomy-themed stories in St. Louis schools, and the national podcast, "Story Collider," will feature personal stories told by local science practitioners. Then, on July 16-20, the CAP and SLSF programs host a summer camp for high school students on the MU campus: "Star Stories: Telling the story of a total solar eclipse." Drawing upon expertise from researchers in astronomy, digital media and storytelling, students will learn the scientific basis of a total solar eclipse, while learning oral and digital storytelling techniques to convey their experience in compelling ways. The students will then have the opportunity to share their stories live on stage at the 2018 St. Louis Storytelling Festival. Explore how you and your family might capture and share this once in a lifetime experience — the witnessing of a total solar eclipse through storytelling.

Lee Ann Woolery has a PhD in environmental studies and a MA in art therapy. Woolery has led the MU Extension Community Arts Program as a state specialist for the past five years.

Week 2
Representations of Medicine in the History of Art
This presentation focuses on selective works of visual art from the Western tradition that relate to medicine, broadly defined. We will view and discuss art, predominantly paintings, with attention to artistic features, such as style and form, and thematic content, such as sickness and healing. The art shown will include positive and negative depictions of physicians; portrayals of important events in the history of medicine, medical practices and practitioners; effects of the plague, disease and disability as metaphor; and art as therapy. The instructor will also discuss the increasing use of art in medical education to improve the observational skills of medical students.

Robert Blake is a retired family physician and professor emeritus of family and community medicine at the University of Missouri. Since retiring, he has become very interested in art history and has taken many courses in art history and visited dozens of art museums in Europe and the United States. He is a docent at the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology.

Week 3
Details TBA

Week 4
Music for the Solar Eclipse
This session centers on a recording of a special New Music Ensemble concert in May in the Bond Life Sciences Center with music inspired by the upcoming solar eclipse. Complete with video projections, the ensemble will perform new works by student composers. The instructor will share a recording of these works and discuss the inspirations the students drew from when composing.

Julia Gaines is the director of the School of Music at the University of Missouri, having joined the faculty in 1996 as the director of percussion studies. She received her DMA degree from the University of Oklahoma, her master's degree and performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and her bachelor's degree from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wis. She has performed in the percussion sections of the Missouri Chamber Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Fox Valley Symphony and the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra. She also has a history in drum corps, culminating as a member of the 1989 Santa Clara Vanguard front ensemble. Gaines has performed as a soloist throughout the United States and in several countries, including Brazil, China, England and Russia, and has sold books in even more countries. Her first book, "Sequential Studies for Four-Mallet Marimba – Level 1," is popular throughout the U.S. and abroad as the only such book of its kind. Gaines is currently working on Level 2. A member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) for 20-plus years, she has also been the Missouri chapter's vice president and president, hosting its Day Of Percussion in 2003 and 2012. A member of the International Board of Directors of PAS, she served as the executive committee secretary in 2009. She also served as an associate editor for "Percussive Notes," PAS's scholarly journal, with the primary responsibility of review editor.