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Posted on: October 1, 2019

Meet the Artists Open House

Artist in Residence

Saturdays, October 19 and 26 from 9:00-10:30

The Hingham Public Library is very pleased to be launching an Artist-in-Residence pilot program connecting the arts with literature. Children ages 5-10 and their families are invited to meet the inaugural artists, Nikki Hu and Guy Van Duser, at our October open houses and sign up for the Artist-in-Residence series, which will begin in January.

Choreographer Nikki Hu and musician Guy Van Duser are master teaching artists who are noted for bringing book subjects to life through dancing and music. Nikki likes to tell children that dancing is like "talking without words," and she regards heartfelt dancing to be a form of communication that opens the heart and uplifts the spirit. At the open house Nikki will work with children to present The Dance of Ten Movements, attributed to Japanese dancer Michio Ito, which Nikki has adapted into a dance for children, set to Guy's beautiful original music.

This Artist-in-Residence pilot program honors the memory of Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan and is funded by the Harold and Avis Goldstein Charitable Trust.

ABOUT JANE GAUGHAN

Jane Murphy Gaughan was an extraordinary educator who had a special gift of connecting concepts, people, resources and institutions together in grand style for the best educational outcomes. She worked as a teacher for gifted and talented students in Quincy and earned a master's degree from Boston College. She spent 3 years working at the Martin Luther King School in Roxbury where she became an advocate and advisor for many students. She became the librarian at East School in the early 1970's and went on to earn her doctorate at UMass Boston.

Jane had a long relationship with the Hingham Public Schools beginning with her post as librarian and continuing with consulting on projects such as Night Sky/Day Sky, Bring Out the Bugs, and the multi-year fourth grade China Trade Project, a study of the ancient culture. One of the artists-in-residence for the Project, Richard Lewis of New York, wrote this about Jane after her recent passing: "I consider working with Jane...one of my most memorable and satisfying teaching experiences. She exemplified the meaning of collaboration and the degree it can inspire and endure and impact children and teachers over generations. She was indeed, in the fullest sense, the moonlight shining."

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