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Last week, we spent the day with 6th graders at Voyager Academy in Durham teaching juggling workshops that engaged students in active learning. Their study of the Middle Ages and Renaissance came to life as they learned first hand the skills of jesters and fools.
Did you know that there is evidence of juggling in Ancient Egypt and Greece? Just like many art forms, there is little documentation of juggling during the Dark Ages in Europe, but with the Renaissance came a rebirth of this unique art. Many other props such as the flower sticks and diabolo appear to have returned to Europe as trade with Asia became more frequent.
Throughout our workshop, we encouraged students to study the past by investigating the history of activities or topics they are interested in, such as toys or fashion or sports. Looking at history in this way can make learning more captivating and of course, more FUN!
We enjoyed working with the Voyager Academy students & were impressed by their juggling skills! This residency was made possible through the Durham Arts Council CAPS program.
During February and early March, Flow Circus will be busy showcasing their stuff! These showcases are a wonderful opportunity for libraries, parks & rec departments, and educators to preview a variety of performers and identify good matches for their programming. Below is a list of upcoming showcases we are excited to be participating in:
I just watched American Library Association Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels discuss making a case for libraries in bad economic times. I found it uplifting — despite the topic.
Fiels identifies education, democracy, and driving force in economy as 3 main public services that libraries deliver. He also points out that attendance and circulation has grown significantly during this economic downturn.
The irony: as libraries become more valuable to the community, their budgets are increasingly jeopardized.