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Artist Jan Gaumnitz Gives the Gift of Art to Preschoolers

When exhibiting artists stop by to visit the preschool, a certain magic occurs… Young minds unleash a barrage of questions and a bemused smile quickly takes over the artist’s face. Carefully constructed artist statements go out the window and make way for simple, direct answers straight from the heart. Both parties leave the experience inspired … Continued


Reefer Madness, the Musical Auditions!

Calling Actors, Singers, and Dancers to audition for Reefer Madness, the Musical   AUDITIONS  Saturday, August 25 2-4pm Open Auditions 4:30-5:30pm All Dance Auditions CALLBACKS  Sunday, August 26 2-5pm . Those auditioning should come prepared with: a monologue (30-60 seconds) 16 bars of a Broadway song with sheet music Come dressed in appropriate dance attire … Continued


In the Kelly Galloway Kindergarten reading is an adventure! 

Teachers and guest readers love reading aloud to the children—the most important thing for children learning to read is being read to. In the words of Mem Fox, internationally respected literacy expert, “Reading aloud and talking about what we’re reading sharpens children’s brains.  It helps develop their ability to concentrate at length, to solve problems logically … Continued


Kelly Galloway Kindergarten students take field trips to experience real places

We travel to places such as: Pendleton’s Country Market—to experience the farm, pumpkin patch, and butterfly exhibit. Festival of Trees—to view all the decorated trees, especially the one we donated for the Children’s Shelter. Watkins Community Museum—in celebration of Kansas’ birthday. Bowersock Power Plant—to learn more about solar energy. Lied Center—to participate with the ODC … Continued


At the Kelly Galloway Kindergarten we take “Ted Talks” to a new level with “Kinder Talks”

Our “Kinder Talks” inform and enrich students through personal experiences. For example: Families share family and cultural traditions where children enjoyed creating a traditional art/craft and food from: Mexico Iceland Vietnam Australia Russia Columbia Families share their occupations: Solar energy specialist Concert musician who creates contemporary sounds Arborist Herpetologist Additional “Kinder Talk” topics: Dentist—we got to … Continued


Romeo & Juliet fills Theatre-in-The-Round & Beyond!

The Summer Youth Theatre’s successful season continued with a weekend of sold out performances of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. This beautifully rendered production transformed the main stage into a unique theatre-in-the-round presentation, bringing a profound sense of immediacy to both the characters and the action. Audiences were seated either with the Capulets or the Montagues … Continued



Kelly Galloway Kindergarten students work hands-on with professional visiting artists

At the Kelly Galloway Kindergarten, we create art with professional artists. We are delighted to announce a Fine Arts Grant from the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation that will allow students to work with a professional artist weekly! We welcome guest artists in a wide variety of disciplines, including: •  Dance and creative movement •  Theatre •  Ceramics … Continued


Meet the Arts Institute Instructor: Raven Harper

Raven Harper received her BFA in Textile Design from the University of Kansas. She is currently an instructor at the Prairie Moon Waldorf School where she enjoys teaching children how to knit, crochet, sew, and felt. Due to the Waldorf School’s emphasis on using natural materials, Raven’s handwork class has focused on using wool, cotton yarn … Continued


Shakespeare Takes Social Media

Always up for a challenge, the Summer Youth Theatre cast of Romeo & Juliet turned to Twitter last week to dramatize a scene from their upcoming production. The scene in question? Act One, Scene V – the masquerade party where Romeo and Juliet fall in love. The characters with the quick thumbs? Friar John (a Franciscan … Continued