[Blueboard] School of Humanities Launches ArtsWork

mvilches at ateneo.edu mvilches at ateneo.edu
Mon May 11 23:24:33 PHT 2009

                      ?All children are artists.
    The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.?
                                     -  Pablo Picasso

For the School of Humanities, running an arts workshop (ArtsWork) is  
one way of helping the youth today hone and nurture their creativity.   
An SOH outreach program, ArtsWork is designed for junior high school  
students who have shown great talent in different forms of art.

In this year?s launch, 29 students from Assumption-Makati, Ateneo de  
Davao, Ateneo de Naga, De la Salle Zobel, Elizabeth Seton School,  
Grace Christian College, Makati Hope Christian School, PAREF Rosehill,  
PAREF Woodrose, St. Jude Catholic School, San Beda Alabang, Poveda,  
St. Theresa?s Quezon City, UNO High School, and Xavier School have  
been chosen from among 70 applicants from different schools in Metro  
Manila and from other Jesuit schools.  For three weeks (4-22 May 2009)  
they get training in developing their creative writing skills (English  
and Filipino) as well as in the performing arts under the lively  
tutelage of accomplished artists mainly from among the faculty members  
in the School of Humanities.

Under the supervision of Dr. Jerry Respeto, Chair of the Filipino  
Department and himself a playwright, actor, and director, this program  
is team-facilitated by Ms. Christine Bellen (playwright, poet, author  
of best-selling picture books for children, including retellings of  
"Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang ni Severino Reyes"; writer of the play  
Batang Rizal) and Jethro Tenorio (actor and director for Tanghalang  
Ateneo and Entablado and recipient of the Parangal Plumang Asul in  
2006).  Guest lecturers/workshop designers and facilitators include  
Mr. Ariel Diccion (actor - Tangahalang Ateneo, Tanghalang Pilipino,  
Entablado); Mr. Edgar Samar (poet and fictionist; Palanca awardee);  
Mr. Yolando Jamendang Jr.(according to Krip Yuson "deliciously witty,  
techno-narrative, stand-up poet;");  Mr. Glenn Mas - theater artist,  
writer and 9-time winner of the Palanca Awards for Literature; and no  
less than Professor. Salvador Bernal - National Artist for Theater  

Some Alumni artists are also happy to be part of the team:  Mr. Jean  
Pierre Reniva (Loyola Schools Awardee for the Arts 2007 for Theater  
Arts; actor, costume and theater designer for Tanghalang Ateneo;  
awardee, 2002 LS Awards for the Arts); Kristian  Mamforte (awardee for  
creative writing: poetry;  Loyola Schools Awards for the Arts 2009);  
Elisha Martinez (awardee for creative writing: fiction; Loyola Schools  
Awards for the Arts 2009) among others.

The School of Humanities hopes through ArtsWork to inspire students to  
discover magis in developing the richness of their artistic potential  
and giving them great joy in their achievements in the presence of  
supportive peers.

Associate Professor
Dean, School of Humanities
Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights 1108, Quezon City, Philippines
Telephone (632) 4266001, Ext. 5300, 5301
Telephone & Fax (632)4261042

"Hope is the thing with feathers
  That perches in the soul,
  And sings the tune without the words,
  And never stops at all."
            -Emily Dickinson


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