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Arts and Culture Series

Written by Christopher J. Herman

Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Center of Community Engagement (CCE) will host its annual Arts and Culture Series from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on March 21 and 22 in Mead Hall.
              The Arts and Culture Series is performed by Eastern students for local Connecticut school children in elementary afterschool programs. More than 200 students are expected to come to campus on both days to engage in a variety of activities, where they will learn about this year's theme -- India. 
         Eastern's Repertory Dance Troupe is choreographing a dance based on traditional Indian styles to teach the students. Nanette Tummers, professor of health and physical education, will teach them yoga. Neeta Omprakash, a visiting Fulbright Scholar with the Visual Arts Department, will lead storytelling sessions. In concert with Omprakash's story, the program will have a read-a-long, borrowing a book from the J. Eugene Smith Library.

Arts and crafts are based on traditional crafts from India and will include making patakas, a traditional style of flag; kites; and cut-out hands to create henna designs. The arts and crafts program is led by students Shawn McCabe, Elliot Woolworth, Josh Beltre, Federicca Bucca and Megan Sniffin, and is advised by Omprakash and Vista/Volunteer and Event Coordinator Jacqueline De Cormier.
          For more information on Eastern's Arts and Culture Series, contact Jacqueline De Cormier at decormierj@easternct.edu.

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