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Florida’s Leading Teaching Artists Present Hands-On Showcase

at the Hermitage Artist Retreat on July 17

The Hermitage Artist Retreat on Manasota Key is one of the leading arts organizations in the country, providing residencies to acclaimed artists from all around the world. Hermitage artists have included twelve Pulitzer Prize winners; Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winners; Poets Laureate; MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellows; and prominent arts educators from across our nation.

Now, five top arts teachers from across the state of Florida will showcase and discuss the work they have developed during their residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in an interactive presentation on Saturday, July 17 starting at 11:00 a.m. on the Great Lawn at the Hermitage, 6660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood.

This family-friendly event is open to all ages (with particular appeal to middle and high school students), and will feature brief presentations followed by hands-on, interactive activities.

The five teaching artists are the winners of the renowned 2021 State Teacher Artist Residency program (Hermitage STARs), presented by the Hermitage Artist Retreat in partnership with the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE).

Kids and adults alike can participate in a hands-on concert and writing and visual art activities.

• Megan Boehm, a painting instructor from Kissimmee Middle School, centers her artwork around history, reenactment, and time travel. During this event, she will present her work and lead guests in taking a time-traveling selfie.

• Kimberley Mullins, a creative writing instructor at Gainesville High School, will read from her latest works-in-progress and invite others to participate in writing activities.

• Jennifer Rodriguez, a ceramics instructor at the J.M. Tate Senior High School in Cantonment, will explore her artwork reflecting the flora and fauna of Florida, and then invite everyone to create an original piece of their own.

• Eric Troop, a music instructor at the Bellalago Academy in Kissimmee, is composing original music during his stay at the Hermitage. He will perform and then introduce the audience to percussion instruments and invite them to sing and play along to the beat of their own drum.

• Laura Wiswell, a painting instructor at Port Salerno Elementary in Stuart, will lead the group in creating a temporary environmental installation for the Hermitage.


To register for this program, visit: HermitageArtistRetreat.org

Registration is required -- $5 per adult, and children and students 18 and under are free! Cold water and snacks are included. This event will conclude by 1:00 p.m.

The Hermitage Artist Retreat, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, FL 34223


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