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9/16/2014 - Art a la Cart Sotryteller Kuniko Yamamoto

Contact: Sharon Benson, Arts Education Coordinator
Arts and Humanities


The Art a la Carte concert on Friday, September 19th will feature storyteller and teaching artist Kuniko Yamamoto.  The concerts take place at Robert Caldwell Plaza, on the commons between the City/County Building and the Salina Public Library. The half-hour performances begin at 12:20 p.m. each Friday and will conclude on October 10th. A new addition to the fall concert series is Chapman’s Take Away, a food truck operated by Sandy Chapman, serving a variety of luncheon items on-grounds, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Residency artist Kuniko Yamamoto will tell Japanese stories and folk tales using music, mime and masks.  She also uses origami, the art of paper folding, and magic tricks as she performs.

Yamamoto is a native of Japan, where she grew up studying and performing traditional theater and dance. She first traveled to the United States 17 years ago to perform and began touring with Boston’s respected Faulkner Light Theater.  In the last decade, she has presented her programs throughout the country, often hired by Disney to entertain in the Epcot Japanese Pavilion. Also, Yamamoto has trained as a Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts teaching artist and frequently performs there.  She will work in USD #305 schools through the Arts Infusion Program during her residency. 
 An origami workshop will be offered primarily for teachers, also open to the public, on Thursday, September 18th at 4:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend and dinner will be served.  The workshop will be held in the 2nd floor Community Room of the Smoky Hill Museum, at 211 West Iron Avenue.  To reserve a meal, please contact Arts Education Coordinator Sharon Benson at 785.309.5770 or by September 17th.

In inclement weather, Art a la Carte performances are held at the Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts, 151 S. Santa Fe.

For needed accommodations, please call Kathy Burlew at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities.  For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.

Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966.  The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and Art a la Carte concert series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.