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A new year for FAMA at the high school

The Fine Arts Magnet Academy at Pagosa Springs High School starts off the 2009-10 school year with the receipt of a two-year implementation grant from the Colorado Council on the Arts.

The FAMA team, along with administrators, are planning an exciting school year, filled with new programs and increased student participation.

In August, Brad Tisdel, of Sisters Fold Festival in Sisters, Ore., led a workshop on developing the “Americana Project” in Pagosa. The program is designed to inspire creativity in students and to demonstrate the cultural and historical significance of American roots music and cultural expression. FAMA students and participating music students will be writing, recording, teaching and performing original music within the context of the rich history of music in America.

In order to fully develop this program, the CCA grant will provide funds to set up recording studios and pay for professional recording training for students and staff.

In addition to the “Americana Project,” FAMA will continue to offer master classes throughout the year to give students opportunities to increase their experience with and understanding of the professional art world.

On Nov. 14, art students and community members will present “Empty Bowls,” a hunger fighting event. Students and area artists will be making ceramic bowls throughout the fall then, on Saturday, Nov. 14, the community is invited to buy a bowl and share in soup and bread, with all proceeds benefiting local and international food aid programs. More details will be coming soon.

Also, FAMA students will throw several art bashes in the community to increase awareness of their work. Keep your eyes and ears open for the next event.