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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)December 19, 2001

(Mahwah) – Ignite the Spirit, a two-day conference on education and the arts, will be held at Ramapo College of New Jersey Friday and Saturday, January 25 and 26, 2002 in the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts. Conceived by educators and artists to celebrate and share their own talents, the conference, now in its third year, is expected to draw an audience of educators at all levels, artists, and individuals who are involved with implementing arts programs. Participation in the program will earn attendees eight hours toward the 100 hours New Jersey requirement for professional development. The conference is open to all.

Friday’s program will begin at 4 p.m. with registration and continue with “Literacy Through the Arts” by Helen Hayes Youth Theatre, a two-hour, hands-on workshop onstage, where participants will learn choreography and song and then perform. Dinner will feature the keynote address, “The Status of Education in the Arts,” by Dr. Dale Schmid, visual and performing arts coordinator at the New Jersey Department of Education.

Saturday’s program will open with “Art in Context: The Museum and its Role in K-12 Arts Education” followed by “Globetrotters’ Residency: Rhythm and Motion.” A variety of presentations, demonstrations and workshops will follow after lunch, such as book art, felting, acting, singing, dancing, sculpture, photojournalism and song writing.

The registration fee of $125 includes dinner, breakfast and lunch; a 20 percent discount will apply for groups of three or more. Overnight accommodations are available at the Ramada Inn of Mahwah (201-529-5880). There will be special hotel rates for conference participants. For additional information please call (201) 684-7844.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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