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PHOTOS: Chinese Artists in Residence at Henniker Community School

  • Cai Xi (front left) leads Patrick Gagne (center) and Stells Aucoin (right), along with other students in Cheryl Cornett's sixth grade class in a Tai Chi sword dance, which they will perform at an assembly for the school this coming Monday; Thursday March 21, 2013. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Cai Xi (front left) leads Patrick Gagne (center) and Stells Aucoin (right), along with other students in Cheryl Cornett's sixth grade class in a Tai Chi sword dance, which they will perform at an assembly for the school this coming Monday; Thursday March 21, 2013.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

  • Laurie Gage's sixth grade class at Henniker Community School listens as Mao Mao, the Chinese artist in residence, teaches them the Chinese Dragon Dance which they will perform at an assembly for the school this coming Monday; Thursday March 21, 2013. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Laurie Gage's sixth grade class at Henniker Community School listens as Mao Mao, the Chinese artist in residence, teaches them the Chinese Dragon Dance which they will perform at an assembly for the school this coming Monday; Thursday March 21, 2013.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

  • Cai Xi (front left) leads Patrick Gagne (center) and Stells Aucoin (right), along with other students in Cheryl Cornett's sixth grade class in a Tai Chi sword dance, which they will perform at an assembly for the school this coming Monday; Thursday March 21, 2013. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
  • Laurie Gage's sixth grade class at Henniker Community School listens as Mao Mao, the Chinese artist in residence, teaches them the Chinese Dragon Dance which they will perform at an assembly for the school this coming Monday; Thursday March 21, 2013. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

Each year Henniker Community School hosts artists in residence for the sixth grade class. They alternate between the various countries along the Silk Road which the sixth graders study in Social Studies. Patti Osgood, the artist in residence coordinator, says the school started the program about 13 years ago through a state arts grant as a way to help expose the students to cultures they might not otherwise have a change to experience. This year their focus is on China. They are hosting artists Cai Xi of Brattleboro, VT, Mao Mao of Amherst, MA, and John Stark High School’s Chinese Exchange Teacher, Xu Ke. Cai Xi is a working artist and is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Asian Cultural Center of Brattleboro. Cai Xi’s art includes traditional Chinese brushwork as well as live action performance painting and mixed media instalaions. She has spent the week teaching the students a Tai Chi sword dance as well as some Chinese language. Mao Mao currently works with the Asian Studies Outreach Program at the University of Vermont, she has been a professional dancer in China and continues to teach, perform and lecture about China’s dances and cultures. Mao Mao has been working with the sixth grade students to teach them various Chinese dances including the dragon dance. Xu Ke is a teacher from Luo Yang, China, she has spent the week teaching the sixth graders Chinese language and calligraphy.

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