|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
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
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.
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 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
- 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
- Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, nationally
known performers, will present a concert June 30
at Common Grounds, downtown Spearfish. Time to be
- 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)