Spring Into the Arts
Celebrating Addison County Students’ Visual and Performing Arts
Spring Into the Arts, a biennial event, showcases student artwork and performances from public, private, and homeschool settings in the communities of Addison Central. Students’ visual artwork will be displayed at the event, as well as in businesses throughout Middlebury. Elementary, middle, and high school students will perform and participate in workshops with professional guest artists who ignite our students’ love and passion for the arts, and will also present their own musical and theatrical performances for their peers. The workshops and performances will take place on May 29 and 30, 2019 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 72 Porter Field Road, Middlebury, Vermont and are free and open to the public. There will also be a free evening performance featuring a band of ACSD elementary students and music from guest artist Tim Cummings on May 29, at 7:00 pm, at Middlebury Union High School.
Student artwork will be on display:
- May 29-June 2, at the Mahaney Arts Center. During the SITA week, the Center’s hours are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.
- May 24-June 2, at various Middlebury businesses.
This year's festival theme is "Where We Are in Place and Time: An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives" (The IB Primary Years Programme).
If you are an educator and would like to bring a student performance or artwork to the festival this year, please take a few minutes to complete this SITA 2019: Art and Performance Registration form by February 1.
Featuring guest artists . . .
CHRISTAL BROWN (performer, choreographer, educator, activist, mother, disciple of Christ)
is the Founder of INSPIRIT, Project: BECOMING, the creator of the Liquid Strength training module for dance and the Chair of Dance and Faculty Director of MiddCORE at Middlebury College. Brown is a native of Kinston, North Carolina, where she remembers accompanying her mother to NAACP meetings and performing at Black Caucus rallies. This early exposure to social responsibility innately produced a strong desire in Brown to put her gifts to work for the good of the communities she inhabits. Brown earned her BFA in Dance and minor in Business from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her MFA in New Media Art and technology from Long Island University. Browns professional journey has been shaped through working with and learning from icons such as Chuck Davis, Bill T. Jones, Andrea E. Woods, Liz Lerman, Blondell Cummings, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and Bebe Miller.
JOAN ROBINSON & SUSANNA OLSON
Across a span of 20 years, Susanna and Joan have worked as teaching artists for the Flynn Center for Performing Arts, collaborating on many literature-related projects, touching scores of students and teachers across Vermont. Susanna holds an MA in Acting from Northwestern University. Joan formerly served as the children's librarian in Middlebury's Ilsley Library.
LINDSAY PONTIUS, Co-Founder and Director of Education
Lindsay Pontius has been a professional actor, director, and teacher working both regionally and internationally for over 25 years. Pontius is Co-Founder and Director of Education of Courageous Stage, and also serves as Education Director of Town Hall Theater (THT) in Middlebury, Vermont. Over the last seven years, Pontius developed the THT Education Program, which annually serves more than 20 schools and a thousand children in Vermont. Pontius is a founding member of Shakespeare & Company’s nationally award-winning Fall Festival of Shakespeare that involves 10 high schools and thousands of students (grades 7-12) every year. She has a doctorate in Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont.
CRAIG MARAVICH, Co-Founder and Programs Director
As a professional actor for nearly 20 years and member of Actor’s Equity, Craig Maravich has worked in leading theatres in Vermont and across the United States. Maravich is Co-Founder and Programs Director of Courageous Stage, and Education Associate at Town Hall Theater. Maravich has been a member of The Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble and faculty artist at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English since 2010. He currently holds a position of Visiting Professor of Theatre at Middlebury College and is a teaching artist at The Flynn Center for the Arts where he curates a community engagement play-reading series that he founded. Maravich holds an MFA in Classical Acting from The Academy for Classical Acting at The Shakespeare Theatre/GWU.