For the last year, our children have been learning about the New Orleans Second Line, a processional form that is a celebration of life. It includes movement, music, and visual expression. Last year, the Regional Arts and Culture Council awarded us a grant to support this year-long thematic focus, and through this grant, we have been able to bring in several visiting artists for assemblies, staff trainings in drumming and dance, and many other events. Using our Run for the Arts funds, many classrooms have been able to do projects based on this theme.
Each grade will contribute its own unique expression of Second Line or New Orleans culture. Classes will use elements they created for their performances during the year. Guest musicians and dancers will lead us and give us inspiration along the way.
The Buckman Second Line will take place on Wednesday, June 11 after school, starting at 3:30 on our black top. We will march through the neighborhood, to Lone Fir Cemetery and back to school, where we will celebrate the end of the year with the family picnic. The organizers of the picnic have arranged for several food carts to be present, and music will continue to play. It will be a very festive afternoon and evening. The entire community is welcome to join the Buckman Line. For more information, contact Chisao Hata.
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