Australian Artists to Visit Badger Elementary

Apr 18th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Entertainment

From the only continent that is also a country comes the Australian Kaleidoscope with Martin and Nellie Beggs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  These artists will spend the day at Badger Elementary, Thursday April 26th as they introduce audiences to both the young nation of Australia that was federated in 1901 and the ancient land of the indigenous Aboriginal people who have lived there for at least 40,000 years.

Martin and Nellie will intertwine songs and stories with a multi-media presentation to give a look at the “land Down Under” through the eyes of original aboriginal inhabitants, the convicts sent to the “colony of New South Wales” and the very first European settlers who arrived in the 1700’s.  These early explorers, farmers, shearers, cattlemen and miners brought their pioneering vigor to this fascinating land of the kangaroo, platypus and emu.

Aboriginal artwork, artifacts, maps, posters, pictures, flags and other Australiana will be a part of the workshops.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in forming a “bush band” to join in a simple folk song and learn an Aboriginal dance.  The public is invited to come meet the Beggs and browse the Australian items for sale in the library between 10:30 – 11:30 in the Badger Elementary library.

Badger Elementary students have been studying the nation of Australia as a cross curricular unit (one that covers a variety of content areas such as the arts, math, science, social studies, and language arts. The traveling artists’ tour is coordinated through the Cultural Kaleidoscope organization, based in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Australian artists’ visit to Badger Elementary is made possible through a R.E.A.C.H (Raising Education Achievement and Competence in the Humanities) grant provided by the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.