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Compassion for LGBTQ+ Students

Compassion for LGBTQ+ Students
by Nina Valdez
2:00 pm  North Tent (near totem pole by playground)
In the Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, most high schools have Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) groups supported by school admininistrators, parents, and students. Nina Valdez's middle school is one of the few in JCPS that has a GSA.  Nina will discuss her school's GSA and how it has helped her, her friends, and her school. She will talk about the group's mission, membership, how often the group meets, who sponsors the organization, and what members discuss during the meetings. This informal presentation by a Louisville middle school student will be a time for school officials, parents, and students to openly discuss the issue of sexual orientation and how wellness in our schools and community depends upon LGBTQ+ awareness and compassion.
Nina Valdez is 13 years old and attends Noe Middle School in Louisville, where she is a member of the GSA. She is a dedicated student who also enjoys soccer, circus (aerials, unicycling, diabolo, walking globe, stilt walking, and juggling), photography, video making, and ukulele. 

Emotional Wellness and Mindfulness

Emotional Wellness and Mindfulness
by Terri Kendall
1:00 pm  North Tent (near totem pole by playground)
FFF 2017 Terri Kendall Tent Talk Mindfulness1Terri Kendall has devoted her life to helping people reach their mental and physical potential. Owner of XALT, a company that performs aerials and trains aerialists, and a leader in Turners Circus that is performing at this year's festival, Terri recently published her first book Be Your Best Self, A Holistic Plan for Emotional Wellness. She will discuss mindfulness as one component of emotional wellness in caring for one's health. Terri is also on the district advisory committee for LGBTQ+ issues in her school district, Jefferson County Public Schools, in Louisville.
Mother of two daughters and school psychologist for 24 years, Terri is also a passionate aerialist and instructor who has trained in various cities with a variety of instructors in the USA since 2010. She has performed for the past several years at theaters, clubs, bars, festivals, and churches with small circuses, bands, musicians, DJs, magicians, and burlesque troupes.  Her specialties in aerial performing include aerial rope, static trapeze, lyra, Spanish web, double trapeze, and pole, but she has also performed tippy lyra, aerial straps, rings, and aerial pole.

Art the Dude Harmonica Workshop

Art the Dude Harmonica Workshop
3:15 - 3:00 pm  lower shelter house
FFF 2017 Art the Dude1Art the Dude is making a return appearance to this year's Ferdinand Folk Festival, once again holding a couple of opportunities for youngsters to participate in beginner sessions for harmonica!  For more info, visit http://artthedude.com/.

Strings Violin Concert and Instrument Petting

Strings Violin Concert and Instrument Petting

Time: 4:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: Lower shelter house

Your children will experience a live violin concert by children! Kids will be introduced to the regional music education group Strings, an organization dedicated to professional personalized violin instruction. They will also have the opportunity to hold and handle musical instruments.

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Strings, Inc., is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing professional personalized violin instruction according to the Suzuki method for students in south-central Indiana. Although located primarily in the Jasper-Ferdinand area, during its history Strings, Inc., has served students from Dubois, Spencer, Orange, Pike, Daviess, Gibson, Martin and Crawford counties. The organization was formed in part because local school districts in these counties do not offer stringed instrument instruction in their schools.

The Suzuki method of music education was developed in Japan by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) in 1945 and was introduced to the United States in the 1960s. The Suzuki method is based on the mother tongue approach to learning. Just as all children learn to speak their native language through a natural process of listening to, imitating, and repeating what they hear, so can children first learn to play the violin and subsequently learn how to read notes. Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy is designed to develop concentration, awareness, and attention in student’s growing appreciation for the art of music. The Suzuki method is recognized and used worldwide as a great tool for the training of the arts. Unlike larger city schools that offer an orchestra program, local school districts do not provide stringed instrument education.

Strings, Inc., is the only organized string music education program in the Dubois, Spencer, Pike and Martin County area. For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/Strings-Inc-503194133092974/ and https://stringsinc.wordpress.com/.

Rachael Davis Children's Concert

Rachael Davis Children's Concert
2:15 - 3:00 pm  lower shelter house
358873fad4914931314b94f2036b503a SRachael Davis comes from a musical family and has been playing children's music with her family band, Lake Effect, since she was a small child. The family would share the songs of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Rosalie Sorrels, Sally Rogers as well as original children's songs written by Rachael's mother, Tiyi Schippers. Carrying on the tradition of children's music is one of Rachael's greatest delights, and it shows when she performs. Bring your children to this fun concert by one of this year's main stage performers (4:45 - 5:45).  Rachael was also the headliner from the inaugural Ferdinand Folk Festival in 2010.

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