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Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts offers educational and entertaining arts events

The annual Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts (formerly known as the Black Hills Arts Festival) will offer participants unique experiences with several educational and entertaining arts events this summer with events scheduled throughout the month of June.

The change in name reflects a fresh emphasis on the mission of the three-year old event according to Laura Hovey Neubert, director.

"The event is mostly a summer school for the fine arts," Neubert said. "Public shows are combined with special educational opportunities for students of the arts featuring a roster of international instructors. The emphasis here is on education."

The university expects to host students and instructors from all over the country. This month-long event requires a lot of extra helping hands and the Summer Institute of the Arts is seeking volunteers to help make it a success. A volunteer organizational meeting will be held March 16 at 7 p.m. at the Student Union Marketplace in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

The Black Hills Art Education Institute will offer graduate credit and undergraduate credit courses. Graduate credit is available for the following classes: 1) planning and teaching integrated thematic units for K-8 classroom teachers and art specialists; 2) visual-art curriculum development and workshop; 3) elementary music curriculum development and workshops.

Other classes scheduled include watercolor with Richard DuBois, making art with an air-brush with Julie Mathiesen, digital technology in the art-making process with Steve Babbitt, raku pottery with Barb Hallberg, guitar I with Judy Harding, guitar II with Doug Ruhnow, and children creating opera with Susan Hove-Pabst.

A dance workshop and a lecture series will also be scheduled.

The fourth annual Black Hills Folk Festival which is a part of the summer institute of the arts, will be June 18 through July 1. Classes will be offered in guitar, songwriting, a vocal master class, and blues harmonica.

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The folk festival will present an all-day folk-art sampler June 24 from noon to 10 p.m. at the Deadwood Pavilion. This event will provide folk music with a culturally diverse flavor.

"Little Sonny (Aaron Willis) and the Detroit Rhythm Group" will perform. Little Sonny's live performances with the other four members of his group take on an incredible intensity that have earned Sonny the title "King of the Blues."

"The Turtle Mountain Mitchif Performers" will provide lively fiddle music and jigs which combine the heritage of French, Irish, and Scottish fur traders with Chippewa and Cree Native American tribes. This energetic and humorous trio of fiddle, guitar and dance features songs in English and French.

Also performing during the folk-art sampler will be the Vatra: Croatian Tamburitza Ensemble. Vatra is one of the finest tamburitza ensembles in the U.S. (Tamburitzas are fretted stringed instruments in a variety of sizes.) These six young Croatian-American musicians perform the dance tunes and folk songs of their ethnic heritage but also experiment with new sounds and compositions.

Other public performances scheduled during the folk festival are:

  • A talent show, highlighting the talented young men and women in our community will be held June 10. Location and time to be announced.
  • The Gala Opening Performance will be held June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Matthew's Opera House.
  • A digital Shakespeare performance is scheduled for June 21 at 7 p.m. in Jonas 305.
  • Students of the vocal arts and opera theater school will present a selection of vocal pieces in a recital June 28 at 7 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.
  • Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, nationally known performers, will present a concert June 30 at Common Grounds, downtown Spearfish. Time to be announced later.
  • A final performance of the students and teachers of the Vocal Arts and Opera Theater school will be held July 1 at 7 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.

For more information on any of these events contact the College of Arts and Science at Black Hills State University at (605) 642-6420 or Laura Neubert at (605) 341-5714.