Sunday, February 28th, 2021

Arts Council announces Arts in Education

Posted: Friday, October 23, 2015

Arts in Education programming sponsored by the Lafontaine Arts Council will begin in all Huntington County Schools this month. The LAC has implemented quality arts presentations to all county students for the past 25 years.

The LAC and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Educational Ensembles have enjoyed a 25-year partnership presenting the educational ensembles program to all county elementary schools. Four different groups of talented musicians rotate each year in the elementary schools in order to allow each elementary student to experience all sections of an orchestra by the time they move on to middle school.

Also presenting to the elementary students this year will be the Fort Wayne Dance Collective’s program: “Asian Celebration.” This unique and global performance celebrates Asian culture through Taiko drumming, Haiku poetry and T’ai Chi Chuan movement. It includes the history of animals in the Asian culture, as well as background on Taiko drumming, allowing participants to try out the big drums.

The Fort Wayne Dance Collective will also present their program, “Taiko Drumming,” to all middle school students. Taiko performances consist of a drumming and movement ensemble based on Japanese tradition. In Taiko, the choreographed movement used to play the drums is as important as the rhythms being played. It draws on a martial arts movement vocabulary and encourages focus and discipline while exploring Asian cultural studies, as well as math, language, music, arts and dance.

Dr. Alan Alder, director of the Ball State University Singers, will conduct a choir clinic for all Huntington North High School music students during the day. That evening a public performance will be held at the HNHS Auditorium.

Outreach Arts in Education continues art strategies at the Parkview Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington County under the direction artist-in-residence, Angela Ellsworth. Final touches are being added to the 2014-15 public art installation that will be displayed in downtown Huntington when completed. In January art strategies on a new art project will begin. For more information regarding this programming or to inquire about supporting the LaFontaine Arts Council, contact Debbie Dyer at (260) 358-0055 or by email at