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Moriah school lands grant for history project

PORT HENRY - Moriah Central School has received a grant for a joint project with Adirondack History Center Museum.

The Adirondack Arts in Education Partnership has announced Moriah will receive a Local Capacity Building Arts in Education Regrant.

Applications were submitted in November by local schools, teaching artists and cultural organizations in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton and Warren counties. Recipients were chosen on the basis of merit by a panel of arts in education professionals.

Grant rewards will be used to support partnerships between North Country schools and local teaching artists or cultural organizations that focus on the integrated study of the arts and non-arts subjects.

Projects involve direct collaboration between classroom teachers and teaching artists who will use a co-teaching method to integrate the arts into the curriculum and are currently under way.

Moriah's grant will allow eighth students work with museum educator and theatre artist Lindsay Pontius from the Adirondack History Center Museum to delve deeply into local history and enhance their pride of place in Moriah, a town with a lively opera house where Susan B. Anthony spoke, a role as a center for the silent film industry in the early 20th century and a vast multi-cultural heritage.

Students will create four silent films, including documentary-style introductions with theme music and original artwork, to be shown on Channel 17 and be part of the Silent Film Festival being put together by the Moriah Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, contact Janine Scherline, AAIEP coordinator, at 643-2892 or E-mail adkartsined@charter.net

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