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Inspiration . . . Starting a Fire

In order to study an art museum setting for our original opera, we went on an excursion to The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. To visit this beautiful, vast space filled with paintings and sculptures from all over the world was a once in a lifetime experience for many. With eyes wide open, we meandered from the east building to the west building, sketching art of intrigue and noting particular artists that captured our attention. Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse, John Singleton Copley, Thomas Cole, Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet were among those masters featured on our self-guided tour. Each company member was moved in unique ways that were delightful to witness. In reflecting on the field trip, Anthony wrote, “I want to know who inspired these artists because they started a fire.” Indeed they did, Anthony- as will you.

When you see our opera set, hopefully it will inspire YOU as it brings to life a story of profound lessons about releasing what’s inside of us.

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Mary Ruth McGinn

About Mary Ruth McGinn

As a teacher with 29 years of experience, Mary Ruth McGinn has always sought innovative ways to meet the needs of each of her students. She has spent her entire career in schools where a majority of students speak English as a second language and where poverty significantly impacts the learning experiences and opportunities of students and their families. Sixteen years ago she had an experience that changed her life and altered her professional path in a profound way. She attended training sessions at The Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York City, spent nine intense days living the process of creating an original opera and learned how to replicate the experience with her students. She then began creating opera with her students and using the process of creating the opera as a vehicle through which to teach curriculum and life skills. The authentic purpose for learning coupled with the arts provided the perfect stage on which to construct a love for life-long learning. She currently teaches at Stedwick Elementary School in Montgomery Village, Maryland where she is creating another original opera with her third grade students. Read more of Mary Ruth's blog Learning for Real.

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