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4/1/2013 - Teaching Artists Peter and Mary Alice Amidon Present Traditional Storytelling and Song Workshop
Teaching Artists Peter and Mary Alice Amidon Present Traditional Storytelling and Song workshop
Peter and Mary Alice Amidon are Vermont-based performing and teaching artists, who have dedicated themselves to traditional song, dance and storytelling for the past 20 years. Thousands of teachers, parents and children have enjoyed their music, as they have performed concerts, led residencies and shared music through their albums, for children and students of all ages.

This Spring, the Amidons will come to Salina to present “Creating a Dynamic Learning Community with Traditional Dance, Song and Storytelling” on Saturday, April 6th, as part of a residency presented through the Arts Infusion Program of Salina Arts and Humanities. The workshop will be held at Sunset Elementary School, 1510 West Republic, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The workshop will conclude by noon, and is open to anyone. The information presented is most germane and useful for music and physical education teachers, preschool teachers, and anyone who organizes activities for children.

The Amidon’s teacher workshop focuses on the community-building power of traditional dance, song and storytelling. They will teach traditional dances and singing games for children while discussing how to make dance a positive and integral part of school life. The workshop is designed to give music teachers and others tools to help transform their schools into singing and dancing communities.

“The Amidons were brought to my attention by Linda Rohrer, Sunset School music teacher.” says Arts Education Coordinator Sharon Benson. Linda says that the Amidon’s workshops have given her a range of tools that students have greatly enjoyed. The Amidon workshops are the best that she has attended in all her teaching career.” The duo reside in Vermont, and are familiar faces at the major U.S. music and dance festivals, and at summer folk camps of traditional dance and song.

For additional information, please call Salina Arts and Humanities at 785.309.5770 or email Sharon Benson at No pre-registration is required to attend.

For needed accommodations, please call Kathy Burlew at 785.309.5770 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 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 and 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, Cultural Connections and Art a la Carte concert series are among the programs of Salina Arts and Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.


Sharon Benson
Arts Education Coordinator
(785) 309-5770  

Date Submitted:

March 29, 2013

City of Salina
300 W. Ash
P.O. Box 736
Salina, KS 67401