Citizens For A Better Norwood

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Guest blog: Doug announces St. Elizabeth Arts summer programs

After visiting The St. Elizabeth Arts Foundation website recently and seeing the great summer programs they have lined up for our young people, we asked if they could give us more information and background for our readers. We want to thank Doug for putting together a terrific guest blog full of detail about the exciting classes being offered this summer. We’ve added the website to our links on the right hand side.

Doug’s guest blog:

The St. Elizabeth Arts Foundation is pleased to announce summer opportunities for training in the arts. If you haven't heard of it yet, The St. Elizabeth Arts Foundation is a new grassroots, Norwood-based organization committed to developing the cultural and artistic heart of our community. Studio E is our collection of programs offering top-notch training in the creative and performing arts to the youth of Norwood, with opportunities for both beginning and advanced students.

Free and low cost opportunities for this summer include:

1. OPEN STUDIO: unstructured studio time and informal tutorials - free materials!
2. a week-long course: PHOTOGRAPHY with MICHAEL WILSON (for high school students)
3. a week-long course: PUPPETS from JUNK (for middle school students)
4. ART TRIPPIN: a full-schedule of field trips for students to do sketch work and individualized one-on-one training for exceptionally motivated students.

Details on these programs and more are available at Join the mailing list to keep informed about even more opportunities coming in the fall.

One program we're particularly excited about is the high school photography course being hosted by Norwood native Michael Wilson. The credit for this event goes first to Angela, our friend and neighbor here in west Norwood. Here - in her own words - is the story of where the idea for this exciting event originated:

"I'm the Director of Development at Our Daily Bread. Often in the course of the week I bring a camera into the dining area to take photos of volunteers, or of a collection that has come in, etc. so I can share what's going on here with our donors. Recently one of our guests saw me with the camera and asked if I would take his picture. I thought of how long it may have been since he had gotten a picture of himself, so I was happy to oblige. But it got me thinking--what if more of our guests would like photos? (Not long after the first guest asked me for a picture, another man came up and asked for his picture to be taken too.)

I know the St. Elizabeth Arts Foundation very well, so I contacted them to see if they'd be interested in putting together a photography project involving our guests. When they wrote back and said Michael Wilson was interested in participating, I was floored. As a music fan, I knew and loved his work with Over-the-Rhine, Emmylou Harris and Bill Frisell. I am excited that he will be working with students and that their energy will be put toward creating portraits of our guests."

We're excited about the enthusiastic response we have gotten from the photography students at Norwood High School. Recently we visited Our Daily Bread to meet some of the staff and take a tour. We were impressed by the facility, its mission, and the obvious commitment of its staff. We're looking forward to spending the week with them in June. We have had quite a handful of adults comment how much they wish THEY could attend the class. Who knows - maybe someday we'll add opportunities for adult education to the lineup! In the meantime, students grade 9 - 12 who are interested in joining us should submit their applications without delay - space for the class is limited to ensure adequate one-on-one attention. More details here:

TO GET INVOLVED, or for GENERAL INQUIRIES, visit the website: or email us: