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Letter to our Headwaters Music & Arts Community

6/8/2020

To our Headwaters Music & Arts community,

At Headwaters Music & Arts (HMA), we believe that all people are amazingly unique, extraordinarily beautiful, and treasured as sacred. We value differences in age, cultural background, experience, education, ethnicity, family structure, gender, lifestyle, religious background, perspective, and other aspects that make us each who we are and recognize that without diversity, our world wouldn’t exist. Particularly the world of music and art! Imagine if every composer wrote the same song or every artist painted the same picture. How bleak and boring this world would be!

HMA has been working to ensure our processes, policies, and behavior uphold the values of equity and inclusion. Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusions policy states:

To provide informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity, HMA strives to:

• See diversity, inclusion, and equity as critical to our mission and well-being of our staff and the people we serve.
• Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and continually update and report organization progress.
• Explore potential underlying unquestioned assumptions that interfere with inclusiveness.
• Advocate for and support thinking about how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work and how best to address that in a way that is consistent with our mission.
• Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, committee, and advisory bodies.
• Lead with respect and tolerance. We expect all board members, employees, and volunteers to embrace this notion and to express it in HMA interactions and through everyday practices.

HMA demonstrates its commitment to diversity through:

• Recruitment, retention, and inclusion strategies
• Employee training and professional development
• Financial assistance and volunteer time programs
• Program participant and community surveys
• Outreach events and performances
• Evaluating the HMA environment to ensure it is accessible for all

HMA is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all programs, activities, and interactions. We also welcome and invite you to share your ideas and talents to help us better serve our community. HMA has many exciting and important volunteer opportunities available, including leading our organization into a better future through board membership.

Thank you for your continued support of HMA, we appreciate you!

The Headwaters Board of Directors & Administrative Staff

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COVID-19 Response Update

These past several weeks, we have responded to the pandemic by suspending group activities, moving to virtual lessons, and performing administrative tasks from our homes. We thank you for sticking with us as we figure out how to fulfill our mission in previously unimagined ways.

On May 14, Gov. Tim Walz announced the plan to reopen non-essential businesses as early as May 18 as long as they follow health and safety guidelines. At Headwaters Music & Arts, we plan to have limited building hours starting June 1, typically 11 to 5 Monday through Thursday. Please call ahead to ensure someone is on hand to help you out. If you would like to purchase Schmitt music, accessories or instruments or perhaps sign up for lessons or for summer or fall programs, we look forward to seeing you!

What’s changed - It’s terribly important that we have steps in place that keep our staff, students and volunteers safe. We want to do things right. Our preparedness plan follows CDC and MDH guidelines, including having everyone who enters the building complete a health screening process, additional hand sanitizer stations, and several plexiglass barriers, face shields, gloves, and masks in place for lessons and classes. We will revise and update our procedures as needed.

What’s happening this summer - Along with reopening the building, we will hold a very limited number of in person music lessons in large performance spaces, and work on our plan for the fall. We have some great summer camp sessions starting in July. Fingers crossed that we will be able to hold them! Our Bemidji Sings! Vocal competition will still take place, but with a virtual August 6 final show. Details are on our website and on Facebook.

Then what? More change. We realize that we need to figure out new ways to provide opportunities for creativity through instruction and inspire the community through music and the arts, especially our group activities such as youth and adult pottery, art clubs, and community events. Please check back here to see the latest updates. What hasn’t changed? Our commitment to our community. Our determination to be there for you.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Thank you for being here for us.

Tricia Andrews, executive director
Headwaters Music & Arts Board of Directors

 

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Guitar Lesson #7: Soloing Techniques

This lesson offers a wide variety of soloing techniques. Double stops, bends, slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs are all tools the guitarist presses into service while improving, a skill every musician should master.

The second video is here to put your soloing skills to the test. The best way to learn is to jump right in and figure it out as you go!

Caleb Erickson, Headwaters Music Instructor

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Virtual Art with Diamond: Stick Weaving

Oh man, the leaves are popping outside! Since I made this video the leaves seemed to have more than doubled in size. My favorite reasons for heading into the woods is to either explore or to find a shady spot to do some art. This fun weaving activity involves both of those (though you should definitely feel free to bring the stick back inside to create your piece) 🙂

You will need:
• String, yarn, ribbon, paper or even grass.
• Scissors
• A “Y” shaped stick
• A pop sickle stick, butter knife, or something similar for tightening your weave

Fiber arts are one of my side passions though I am just a beginner. I find it is so comforting to make something out of yarn or string even if it isn’t perfect. So many of the objects in our our daily lives are woven – jeans, pillowcases, towels, etc. Getting creative with it is just the next logical step in my opinion 🙂 Though I only weave on sticks and cardboard many weavers use the skill to create lovely tapestries, rugs, shawls, etc. After you learn the basics of weaving you can pick up a loom and practice tapestry yourself! I hope you have fun and play around. If you feel comfortable sharing please drop a photo of your creation in the comments or email to diamond.knispel@headwatersmusicandarts.org.

Diamond Knispel
Art Teacher | Marketing & Arts Program Coordinator
Headwaters Music & Arts

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Virtual Art with Diamond: One Point Perspective

Perspective is a super important concept in art. When I teach perspective I often find that people are more nervous about the concept than they need to be. With the help of straight edge and a little patience + practice anyone can master perspective. This week’s video only touches on one point perspective – I think that we will dig into two point perspective in a later video 🙂

You will need:
• Paper
• Pencil or other drawing implement
• Possibly something to color with
• Possibly a straight edge

This project is meant to be fun and easy for all ages and abilities. It can be a good little brain teaser so practice it when you are a wide awake 🙂 Have fun and play around! And, of course, if you feel comfortable please share your creation in the comments or email to diamond.knispel@headwatersmusicandarts.org.

Diamond Knispel
Art Teacher | Marketing & Arts Program Coordinator
Headwaters Music & Arts

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Virtual Art with Diamond: Paper Patterns

This weeks video teaches a simple but fun technique for making lovely decorations. This video gives a few examples and ideas how to draw a shape and create a pattern to make a garland. The project can be adapted for creating stencils, paper puppets card decals, etc. I was inspired to make the paper garland in the video from seeing all the hearts hanging in everyone’s windows. I love making making paper snowflakes and other paper cutouts and I figured what a lovely addition to the colorful window displays folks are making for themselves/ neighbors/ strangers.

You will need:

• Paper
• Scissors
• Pencil or other drawing implement
• Possibly something to color with
• Possibly shapes to trace

Mothers day is this Sunday. I always made my own gifts during holidays, often using art class or other school projects to create the gifts. I know that it is probably harder for some kids to create those handmade gifts for the matrons in their life since they are not at school. Since this project only requires paper and scissors it is accessible and gives kids an opportunity to use their imagination to decorate their home environments for themselves and their family. Any paper can be used for this project and after the decorations come down they can be cut up for scrapbooks/ card/ mobiles/ fridge magnets/ etc.

Even though this week’s video is simple and aimed at a bit younger audience it is still for all ages. Cutting paper is pretty relaxing and turns out some awesome results. You can make the garlands as complex as you would like. In reality, paper cutting is actually a fine art form. Try Googling “paper cutouts as fine art” and look at all the phenomenal pieces 🙂 For now though I just encourage you to share your paper garlands with the world via your windows and then please send photos! If you you feel comfortable please share your creation in the comments or email to diamond.knispel@headwatersmusicandarts.org. Happy Mothers Day!

Diamond Knispel
Art Teacher | Marketing & Arts Program Coordinator
Headwaters Music & Arts

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Virtual Art with Diamond: Basic Pet Portraits

This video features my sweet kitty, Lady Gray, for two reasons: 1) this week I decided we should talk about pet portraits and 2) I wanted to raise awareness for Great River Rescue’s upcoming art contest.

Great River Rescue holds an art contest every year around this time to remind us humans about the importance of keeping our animal companions healthy. This years theme is SAVE THE DAY – NEUTER AND SPAY! The contest is for two dimensional art in any media done by children in K-12th grade. You can read more about this contest and find out how to take part here.

I figured now was as good a time as any to show you the basics of what a dog and a cat look like. In this video I show how to create a line drawing of a cat and a dog face and then also show how to draw eyeballs and noses. This lesson is for all ages and artistic abilities. It can be adapted and modified for young children as well as expanded upon for adults.

You will need:

• Paper
• Pencil
• Possibly a pencil sharpener
• And possibly your own sweet furry friend to help you out

Portraits are a wonderful way to preserve a likeness of a loved one for the rest of time. They have a personal touch that goes beyond a photograph. Practicing portraits is also a great way to get better at looking and really capturing what the world looks like. Seeing and recreating what you see is the first big step in becoming a skilled artist so encourage your young child to give it a try. It doesn’t have to be perfect or even “good.” It is all about practicing. I hope that after you watch this video you use the techniques to draw your own pet. Lady Gray and I would love to see what your furry friend looks like! Get creative with us! And then if you you feel comfortable please share your creation in the comments or email to diamond.knispel@headwatersmusicandarts.org.

P.s. Please create a piece for the art contest! I am one of the judges and looking at all of the submitted art is one of the highlights of my spring 🙂

Diamond Knispel
Art Teacher | Marketing & Arts Program Coordinator
Headwaters Music & Arts