Local musicians perform to benefit global studies program | TheUnion.com

Local musicians perform to benefit global studies program

Bell Hill Academy, a public Dual Immersion/ Global Studies School in the Grass Valley School District, will be the beneficiary of a benefit concert Sept. 17.

Two years ago Bell Hill teachers were awarded the top Calilfornia Teachers Association grant of $20,000 to start the global studies enrichment program. Part of that money went towards bringing in local artists to teach drumming, dance, storytelling, foods, and more, from each grade level’s continent of study. This allowed the students to become immersed in a different culture each year. Through the program, Bell Hill students have even video chatted with school children on other continents. By the time students leave Bell Hill, they will have “traveled” the world with a better understanding of the people, places, traditions, and issues each area faces. Each student will be well prepared to embrace our global society, according to the school.

Funding for the artists has run out. They all graciously volunteered to put on an amazing multicultural drumming, dance, and storytelling event called Bell Hill Academy’s Music Around the World, according to the school.

The event is at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Center For the Arts. Tickets are available at BriarPatch Co-op, The Book Seller, Bell Hill Academy, and online at bellhillbrownpapertickets.com. Tickets are $20. Those who can’t make the concert, but wish to donate tickets to families who couldn’t otherwise afford them, can do so by calling Bell Hill Academy at 530-273-2281.

The artists slated to perform are: Grass Valley Taiko; Lisa Anderson and the African Drumming Ensemble; Neena McNair, Native American Drummers and students; Bia Navarro Edwards with Brazilian Music and Dance; Ecos y Rincones de Nuestra Tierra, a local dance troupe; Australian Didgeridoo by Andjru Werderitsch; storyteller Giselle Freire; and Loose Cannon Mariachi, a local band of former Nevada County students.

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