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Two Alaska teachers awarded Rasmuson Arts Educator Grants

Posted: April 19, 2012 - 12:05am

Two Rasmuson Arts Educator Grants, administered by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, were awarded this year. Roxann Dayton of Houston High School will create a body of work in glass fusing, and Ruth Sensenig of Seldovia School will pursue an intensive course of guitar study.

Dayton said her enthusiasm for her glass-fusing project will eventually be reflected in her students.

“I have continually tried to learn new artistic techniques and skills to transfer to my students,” she said. “I really believe my excitement for the art making process will influence my students at school to be excited about learning new techniques and enjoy the process of creating art.”

Sensenig said her musical study has many applications in the classroom.

“Classical music is good for learning the basic musical concepts, but the musicians I admire are well-versed in other styles of playing as well. ... Music has helped as a memory aid for me, and I even dream of writing songs for my classroom to help us learn concepts in English or history classes.”

Applicants for the awards request for up to $3,000 to defray the costs of tuition, fees, room and board, travel and other costs associated with advanced arts study or residences; purchase of materials and equipment to create a new body of work. For more information, visit www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca/

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