Curator: Ellen Schulze
Theme: Puppet Making Workshop
Event Details:This workshop will enhance communication, listening and problem solving skills while motivating youth to learn more about literature, language and history. In this residency, youth learn how to create and manipulate rod, hand and shadow puppets.
Beloved, master puppeteer, Ellen Schulze, better known as the Puppet Lady, explores the art of crafting puppets in fun, hands-on workshops geared to tap into the creative mind.
Ellen Schulze, the Puppet Lady, is a Teaching Artist for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Music Center of LA, and other arts organizations. She has helped thousands of SoCal school children explore puppetry and her goal is to teach EVERYBODY how to make a puppet! In this workshop we build fun and astonishing “junk” puppets from recyclable materials
Lead Curator: Paola Gutierrez-Flores
Theme: Children’s Literature “I Don’t Like Broccoli” No me gusta el Brocoli ( Bilingual Reading)
Session Details: Paola Gutierrez-Flores will be sharing a bilingual reading of her book I don’t like broccoli at Birch Park Senior Center .
Paola Gutiérrez, is a preschool teacher with 12 years of experience; She is Mexican (from Morelia, Michoacán) and has been an Orange County resident for 16 years. Paola is also a cuenta cuentos, podcaster; a member of the scbwi of California.She is the author of the bilingual children’s picture book entitled: “I don’t like broccoli “ “No me gusta el brócoli”. Paola is inspired every day by her little students, She loves to hike and has a hobby of painting rocks.
Curator: Kateri Lirio
Theme: Building Trust In A Community Through Songwriting
Session Details: “Building Trust In A Community Through Songwriting” is an experiential workshop that welcomes anyone from all walks of life. Participants from all ages, cultures, and backgrounds are invited to share about themselves and identify problems in their communities. It is through the explicit naming of problems that solutions arise collectively. Teaching Artist, Kateri Lirio, MAT facilitates the songwriting process from start to finish. You will feel heard and empowered to take on life’s challenges after attending this workshop!
MAT (she/her/siya) is a teaching artist specializing in arts integration. A daughter of immigrants, Lirio experiences the arduous path people of color face. For this reason, Lirio empowers others through music, advocating for cultural equity and belonging wherever she goes.
Lirio is a product of the Orange County School of the Arts, possesses a B.A. in Music from Cal Poly Pomona, and matriculated with a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the Longy School of Music at Bard College.
A collaborative pianist and vocal clinician, Lirio supports church ensembles, community theater groups, and performs regularly in the Southern California area including the NAMM show. Lirio has served the unhoused, formerly incarcerated youth, and domestic violence survivors through the arts. Lirio’s current interests consist of studying the cognitive impact that media has on individuals and how to build trust within intergenerational communities.
Curator: Denise Reynoso
Theme: Enchanted Storytime
Session Details: Local Leader and Downtown Resident Denise Reynoso Invites you to sit with her to enjoy an interactive Children’s story reading! A great way to make friends and enjoy the love of story telling. Denise will read three stories in English and Spanish including Dragons Love Tacos, My Papi Has a Motorcycle & The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Local Leader and Downtown Resident Denise Reynoso Invites you to sit with her to enjoy an interactive Children’s story reading! A great way to make friends and enjoy the love of story telling. Denise will read three stories in English and Spanish including Dragons Love Tacos, My Papi Has a Motorcycle & The Very Hungry Caterpillar.