Arts Providers – Resources for English Learners
ALEGRIA – The Mexican Folklorico Home Page
This Folklorico site offers dance educators a guide to the regional dances of Mexico. Upcoming Folklorico events and Mariachi performances are listed in the calendar of events. You may find information regarding these performances and who to contact in the “Directory of Groups” and “Calendar of Events” links on the home page. Under “Related links” you will find connections to music and art culture sites of Mexico. Visitors to this site can sign up to receive newsletters from this organization.
Art in the Latin America Data Base
The Art section of the “Latin America Data Base” Web site includes comprehensive lessons on Mexican folkdance, sculpture, salt puppets, and papel amate (a type of Oaxacan folk art), primarily for use with high school art students.
Arts in Argentina
Arteargentino is a site written exclusively in Spanish with links to the arts in Argentina. Clicking on one of the many regions of Argentina brings the user to a menu of the arts and artists of the area. Visual arts, music, theatre, and dance are highlighted, as well as other cultural items. Some of the links are slow and teachers should review material periodically since the content changes.
Amalia Hernandez’s Ballet Folklorico site highlights her dance school in Mexico. Information on the origins of the school (currently celebrating its fiftieth anniversary), performance schedule, and CDs and videos for sale are available in English and Spanish. A photo gallery of dancers in colorful, elaborate costumes gives the user a sense of the flavor of a ballet folklorico dance.
Bilingual Foundation of the Arts
Bilingual Foundation of the Arts is a nonprofit theater company, and the only full-time, professional bilingual theatre company on the West Coast. The Theatre-In-Education Program provides educational, theatrical presentations that engender self-esteem, as well as intercultural awareness and understanding among young children. In addition, “Theatre for Youth/Teatro para Los Juvenes” is a program that stimulates a forum for students’ responses to issues facing adolescents in today’s world. All productions come complete with curriculum guides for pre- and post-show class enrichment.
Dave’s ESL Café
Dave’s ESL Cafe provides teachers with quick, easy ideas for using music to teach and improve English language skills. Click on the Music section of the main menu. Click on “Guess Where the Music is From” for a lesson on world music appreciation. “Write A Song” tells how students can compose lyrics and music. “Drawing to Music” inspires music appreciation and visual arts skills
ESL through Music
This site uses music as a springboard to teach English language skills to second language learners. There are links to teaching tips, songs to download, and an ESL song directory. The “EFL Playhouse” link provides songs for teaching specific skills (such as past tense) and concepts (number sense, colors) set to familiar tunes (“The Farmer in the Dell,” “BINGO”). Midi sound files provide audio of the tune.
Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande
The Juan B. Rael Collection, “Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande” provides audio of authentic Hispano folk music of the Southwestern United States with cultural essays in both English and Spanish. It is a good resource for genres specific to Hispanic culture because the audio and accompanying explanatory text are at the user’s fingertips.
Latino ArtsNetwork of California – LAN
The Latino Arts Network of California (LAN) is a consortium of nonprofit community-based Latino arts organizations who share a mission to strengthen and deepen the cooperative relationship among California’s Latino arts organizations. Links are available to member organizations, including the Watsonville Cultural Center, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Plaza de la Raza Mexican-American Heritage Plaza, etc. Within the individual sites there are some listings for dance, music, art, and theatre classes for students.
Manos de Oaxaca: Indigenous Pottery
Manos de Oaxaca explores the traditional pottery methods of the indigenous peoples of seven pottery villages in the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. Especially interesting to the potter is the Oaxaca Sketchbook with photos and step-by-step clay and firing procedures.
National Gallery of Art’s tour of the Spanish Southwest
This site is from the Index of American Design at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The tour of folk art from the Spanish Southwest shows pieces from the early 1800s that combine the influences of the Spanish colonists with that of the Indians of the region. Along with photos of the art is a contextual background and history.
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