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Norte Maar brings infusion of culture to young students

PERU - If you can't bring the students to Latin America, bring the culture of Latin America to the students.

Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts, an international performing and visual arts company, took over Peru Intermediate School April 9, bringing an infusion of Latin American culture to students. Afternoon assemblies featured New York City performer Marisela singing folk music from her family's native Mexico and a demonstration of Brazilian dance fighting by Equipe Capoeira Brasileira from Montreal.

Norte Maar director Jason Andrew said the performance - which was brought to the school in collaboration with Champlain Valley Educational Services and the Peru Central School District - was meant to show kids a world outside and far beyond the North Country.

"Rural communities have a special place in my heart because I grew up in a very rural farming community in Utah, which had literally no access to any arts or music," said Andrew. "It's great for me to be in a position now where I have access to great performers and am able to give rural communities exposure to arts and music that I think they welcome."

Norte Maar director Jason Andrew said the performance - which was brought to the school in collaboration with Champlain Valley Educational Services and the Peru Central School District - was meant to show kids a world outside and far beyond the North Country.

"Rural communities have a special place in my heart because I grew up in a very rural farming community in Utah, which had literally no access to any arts or music," said Andrew. "It's great for me to be in a position now where I have access to great performers and am able to give rural communities exposure to arts and music that I think they welcome."

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