The Creatives

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The Creatives is a virtual blend of our Creativity Festival (grades 3-5) and CreativeCon (grades 5-8). This year (2020-2021), SBC is focusing on visual and performing arts experiences. Local artists will lead students through interactive online sessions. The Creatives are here to develop confidence, encourage self-expression, and promote problem solving skills and creative thinking.

This year (2020-2021), The Creatives are going online! From October to December, Virtual Creatives featured unique content each month. Content is available for purchase and includes all elements described below:

  • Two recorded sessions and one live session featuring activities led by talented, local teaching artists from the creative fields. The live session will be recorded and available for a determined length of time;
  • A blog where professionals in the arts will share what creativity means to them and how they use it in their everyday lives; and
  • An online gallery for students to share their experiences and projects that they created while participating in the sessions.

A three-month subscription to Virtual Creatives is available for:

  • $12/student for Metro ECSU member schools/districts
  • $21/student for non-member schools/districts or parents/guardians of individual students

Featured Sessions Below

December Sessions:
Adam Levy

Adam Levy

Everyone Can Be a Songwriter!

Songs are the soundtrack to our lives. Everyone has favorite songs, the ones that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. What makes a good song? What are the components of a song? How do we put the words and poetry to music. It seems like magic…but we can learn how to do it well!

Adam Levy is a veteran of the Minnesota rock scene, best known for leading up alt-rock band The Honeydogs. As a prolific songwriter and producer, he has worked across many genres and performed around the world. In 2012, Adam lost his son, Daniel. The tragedy left him creatively incapacitated, but gradually he started writing songs again. The result was his first solo outing, Naubinway. Grammy winner Joe Henry called the album “love in action — a courageous and generous offering, where ghosts abound, facing the quiet inevitable that forever walks with us. It’s a record with soul and deep compassion. It is a beautiful and remarkable piece of work.”
Besides writing, recording and performing music, Adam is a social activist and educator, teaching songwriting to inmates in Minnesota prisons.


Karla Nweje

Connect, Create, 5-6-7-8! – Part 3

Live Session: December 8th at 10am

Do you like to try new dance moves? Have you ever made up any of your own? Or are you just curious to know what all the hype is about? During this session, Teaching Artist Karla Nweje uses easy prompts and fun activities that empower students to unleash the dancer and choreographer within. Join us for the last session!

Karla Nweje holds a BFA in Dance and has performed & choreographed for over 2 decades. She is a 2013 Ordway Excellence in Education Service & a 2019 COMPAS Teaching Artist of the Year Awardee. Karla remains dedicated to making quality arts experiences accessible to all learners.


SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE

SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE

Raise Your Voice: An introduction to Spoken Word – Part 2

In the second part of this two part workshop, we will explore the roots of Spoken Word Poetry and explore our experiences through poetry. Students will engage with the culture of Spoken Word through video examples and writing that reflects their own stories.

SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE is a Hip Hop Artist, Spoken Word Poet, Visual Artist, and Social Justice Educator. His work explores justice themes through mythology, science fiction, spirituality, and the paranormal. He just released his latest album, ‘Jaws of Life’.

November Sessions:
Katrina Knutson

Katrina Knutson

Surrealist Collage

Inspired by the work of Hannah Hoch and other modern collage artists, we will use this medium to critique media and make unreal figures and scenes in a made up world of paper and pictures. Using color, textures, and shapes we will create unique compositions–humorous or even a bit eerie.


Born and raised in Minneapolis, Katrina Knutson is a painter, illustrator, print maker, and active community muralist. She is inspired by urban landscapes and the vast examples of resistance and resilience across the globe. She works as a teaching artist in many communities across the state of Minnesota.


Karla Nweje

Connect, Create, 5-6-7-8!

Live Session: November 10th at 10am

Do you like to try new dance moves? Have you ever made up any of your own? Or are you just curious to know what all the hype is about? During this session, Teaching Artist Karla Nweje uses easy prompts and fun activities that empower students to unleash the dancer and choreographer within. Join us for the second session!


Karla Nweje holds a BFA in Dance and has performed & choreographed for over 2 decades. She is a 2013 Ordway Excellence in Education Service & a 2019 COMPAS Teaching Artist of the Year Awardee. Karla remains dedicated to making quality arts experiences accessible to all learners.


SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE

SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE

Raise Your Voice: An introduction to Spoken Word

In this two part workshop, we will explore the roots of Spoken Word Poetry and explore our experiences through poetry. Students will engage with the culture of Spoken Word through video examples and writing that reflects their own stories.


SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE is a Hip Hop Artist, Spoken Word Poet, Visual Artist, and Social Justice Educator. His work explores justice themes through mythology, science fiction, spirituality, and the paranormal. He just released his latest album, ‘Jaws of Life’.

October Sessions:

Karla Nweje

Connect, Create, Dance!

Live Session: October 6th at 10am

Do you like to try new dance moves? Have you ever made up any of your own? Or are you just curious to know what all the hype is about? During this session, Teaching Artist Karla Nweje uses easy prompts and fun activities that empower students to unleash the dancer and choreographer within. Join us!


Karla Nweje holds a BFA in Dance and has performed & choreographed for over 2 decades. She is a 2013 Ordway Excellence in Education Service & a 2019 COMPAS Teaching Artist of the Year Awardee. Karla remains dedicated to making quality arts experiences accessible to all learners.


EmilyVictory

Emily Victory

Become an Illustrator

In this session – students will become illustrators! Get ready, because we just got a message from an author who wants us to illustrate their newest children’s book. A few steps will guide our creative process: Brainstorming, Inspiration Boards, Sketching, Refine, Add Color, and Share.


Emily Victory is a painter/illustrator enthusiastic about color and pattern. With degrees in both mathematics and fine art, she loves combining the two. Emily is currently working on illustrating her eighth children’s book, often pulls inspiration from her three, young, art-loving boys.


SarahNassif

Sarah Nassif

Naturalist Notebook

Learn to look at trees in a whole new way! These green beings surround us even in the city, and they have much to teach us. Engage your superpowers of the 5 senses to notice the hidden details of the urban forest and capture them in drawings you can use to begin your own naturalist notebook.


Both botanist and artist, Sarah Nassif brings art and science closer together through hands-on art making. Starting with the five senses, Sarah helps audiences discover their powers to observe, record and share their experiences with nature and generate their own knowledge of the natural world.


Local artist, SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE, shows off his talent and speaks about our Virtual Creatives Subscription for 2020-2021.


With The Creatives, students learn…

Creativity is a skill that can be practiced and strengthened.

Creativity is necessary for higher education and all careers.

Creativity is an essential part of problem solving.

Questions?

For more information about how your students can participate or if you are interested in presenting, contact Katie Wenzel at 612-638-1554.

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