Arts Residencies

What Is the Purpose of Arts Residencies?

Providing innovative and creative experiences for our students is a priority at The FAIR School. We value a rigorous and enriched arts education provided by both our arts classes and working with artists in the community. Some of the residencies that create meaningful learning opportunities for our students have been:

Cuningham Group, American Institute of Architects, and American Institute of Landscape Architects

Students in grades 3, 7, and 9 learn math through design and architecture.


Youth Frontiers

Lead by Youth Frontiers and FAIR high school students, sixth graders participated in a Kindness Retreat, seventh graders a Courage Retreat, and ninth graders a Respect Retreat.


Wing Young Huie

Seventh grade students tackle questions about identity and perceptions.


Contempo Dance: Batuque Residency

High school dance students explored the African origins and rise of samba in Brazil with Contempo Dance co-director, Marciano Silva dos Santos.

 *This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Sowah Mensah

Through his Ghanaian Drumming residency, students learned about the culture and music of Ghana, West Africa, while gaining a strong understanding of the importance of community and working together.


Bruce Henry

The Evolution of African American Music is designed to teach students of all ages about the history of African American music. The "Evolution"  was a fun, educational, multimedia and interactive experience where students learned history and performed music.


Compas Artists

Frank Sentwali and T Mychael Rambo worked with middle school students to write spoken word pieces centering on personal courage.


Ordway Center for the Arts

Elementary students deepened their arts education through our collaboration with the Ordway.


Elders' Wisdom, Children's Song and Larry Long

Each 4th grade class “adopted” an elder who tells his or her story. Artist Larry Long guided students as they listened to the stories and developed songs and narrations from their spoken words. The residency culminated in an evening community celebration in which students honor the elders with songs, movement, poetry, and art inspired by their life stories.


The Loft Literary Center and Stages Theatre

Students worked with poets and spoken word artists from The Loft and actor/choreographers from Stages to explore the topic of perspective through movement and writing. From discussions, writing exercises, activities with the students, and also collaborations among the artists, students created meaning through words and movementThe end result was a performance that combined movement and spoken word and music and rhythm to share the diverse perspectives that fifth graders, teachers, and the artists brought to the project.


Indonesian Gamelan Orchestra and Joko & Tri Sutrisno

Sixth grade students and teachers worked with Joko and Tri Sutrisno, directors for the Indonesian Performing Arts Association of Minnesota, to produce a multimedia performance of student-authored plays incorporating shadow puppetry, traditional Indonesian dance, and Gamelan Orchestra.


Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts and Mathew Janczewski

Dance residency with Mathew Janczewski, artistic director of ARENA Dances. Students in seventh grade dance met with Mathew through videoconference. During class sessions, Mathew was downtown Minneapolis at Hennepin Center for the Arts and the students were in the dance studio at FAIR Crystal. Their solo works and a larger piece directed by Mathew were presented at the Dance & Media Arts performance and with ARENA Dances at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis.


The Red Eye Theatre

The Red Eye Residency provides third graders with an opportunity to enrich and demonstrate their literacy skills through theatre. Artists in residence worked with students to note details within a text and also identifying main idea. Their work culminated in developing "tableaus" or frozen pictures to convey the beginning, middle, and end of a variety of stories.


Latin American Music Residency and Chico Perez

Artist and Educator, Chico Perez worked with middle school grade students to teach the history, origin, and playing techniques of a variety of authentic rhythms prevalent in Latin America.  Chico taught students 6/8 African, Cha-Cha, Mambo, Caribbean Meringue, and Latin Salsa rhythm within the setting of a percussion ensemble.  This work was included in the concert Cantar, Bailar y Tocar (Sing, Play, and Dance).


P.O.S and Dessa

P.O.S, rapper and founder of Doomtree Records, visited the eighth grade along with Dessa (writer, rapper, and college professor). The two came as a part of the “Finding Your Voice” project to discuss how their lives and environments have influenced the art they create.  Students studied songs from P.O.S, read from Dessa’s book, and engaged in conversation with the artists about specific choices and thoughts that went into the pieces they have studied.  The residency was capped by a performance from both artists, which has in the past, involved students performing their own raps.


Seitu Jones

Students collaborated with Seitu to create a sculptural installation in the front of FAIR School Crystal.

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