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On Friday, March 23, 2012, The Roeper School will launch the Lori Lutz Visiting Artist Series. The series was established in June 2008 in recognition of Ms. Lutz outstanding support and fervent passion to create authentic, brilliant and beautiful educational experiences at Roeper.
The first ever presentation will include workshops and demonstrations led by acclaimed local author, Jean Alicia Elster and master puppeteer Andrea Everman at the school’s Lower School Campus. All of the presentations are designed for interactive participation with students throughout the program – prekindergarten through Grade 5.
Jean Alicia Elster is an attorney and professional writer of fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent work, Who’s Jim Hines, “is a lively and engaging story that is steeped in history but cleverly weaves in universal elements of family, father-son relationships, boyhood friends, and life’s challenges,” says Juanita Moore, president and CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.
Chicago artist Andrea Everman attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving her BFA in Fine Arts and Education. She currently works as a freelance designer for puppet theaters in Chicago including the Redmoon Theater. She is the creator of "Owly Shadow Puppets", a line of laser-cut shadow puppets and frequently shares her talents with teachers and students nationwide. To find out more about "Owly Shadow Puppets," visit owlyshadowpuppets.com
Everman will be working with students in the Stage IV Puppetry classes on March 22, 23, 26, and 27th and Elster will present on March 23rd.
According to Denita Banks-Sims, Development Director of The Roeper School, “The endowment for Lori Lutz was established, in part, to recognize her unparalleled contributions to Roeper. As an alumna from the Class of 1975, alumni parent of Clara ’07 and Eleanor ’11, Lori Lutz served as Chair of the Board through an expansive and transformative period at Roeper. This program will allow us to celebrate – in perpetuity – the unwavering devotion for learning and exploration that are hallmarks of a Roeper education and have proven fundamental to everything that Lori Lutz holds dear”.
Founded in 1941, The Roeper School is a uniquely personalized, coeducational school for gifted and talented children in preschool through grade 12 from over 60 communities in southeast Michigan. With campuses in Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham, Michigan, Roeper was conceived on founding principles that recognize the power of education, choice and self-expression, and the transformative impact these principles have on young minds.
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