20 June 2012

Powers-Berman Family to teach art and music at El Porvenir Coffee Cooperative : Familia Powers-Berman enseñará el arte y la música en El Porvenir Cooperativa de Café

We are proud to announce that artist/musician/professor Sue Powers and her family will travel to El Porvenir Coffee Cooperative to teach art and music and perform music!  Below is the press release from CCAC.
Tenemos el orgullo que la artísta/música/profesora Sue Powers y su familia viajarán al cooperativo de café, El Porvenir. Enseñarán clases de arte, música y tocaron música! Abajo se encuentra el comunicado de prensa de CCAC.

CCAC instructor brings the arts to remote region of Nicaraguan coffee farmers

PITTSBURGH—Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Adjunct Art Professor Susan Powers is headed to Central America to teach art and music. For two weeks, Powers and her family will give lessons to the families of reconciled former Sandinista, Contra and Somoza fighters in El Porvenir, a community of 200 in the northwest mountains of Nicaragua.

Accompanied by her husband, musician and educator Jeff Berman, and their sons, Sam and Eli, Powers will depart later this month. The family will take donated musical instruments, art supplies, prescription eyeglasses and mirrors—items difficult for the residents, who are mostly coffee farmers, to obtain in this remote region.

Powers became involved with the El Porvenir community through Sara Cuadra-Berg, a native of Nicaragua living in Pittsburgh. It was through Cuadra-Berg’s family—who in turn are serving as the Powers’ hosts during their stay—that Powers learned that the teenagers of El Porvenir had a desire to learn more about the arts.
In advance of her trip, Powers received donated arts supplies from the Squirrel Hill-based arts store Artist and Craftsman and an art materials grant from the Granada Arts Education Project. She will be working in collaboration with the project’s founder, Mauren Antkowski, to present an arts curriculum in Spanish. Powers’ projects will include observational drawing and painting lessons, composition theory and photography.
According to Powers, “What makes my work with the community unique is that I will be developing relationships to create a learning environment that is site-specific and one of open engagement, where the language of art is taught and shared and responds to the needs and desires of  El Porvenir.”
Powers received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University and has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Pratt Institute. She is well known in Pittsburgh for her banjo playing and singing work with the groups, Devilish Merry and AppalAsia.

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