By 1812Blockhouse; Special to 1812Blockhouse

Are you seeking a summer of fun exploring the connection between the arts and the great outdoors? Look no further than Arts in the Parks artist workshop series! The workshops are made possible through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), and Great Ohio Lodges.

The Arts in the Parks summer workshop series brings state park visitors together with seven Ohio teaching artists to create engaging experiences. Workshops will offer an array of activities including creating art from recyclables, writing poetry, and even decorating Ukrainian eggs. Participating locations include Burr Oak, Deer Creek, Salt Fork, and Shawnee state park lodges.

Also included is the nearby Mohican State Park Lodge.

“Visiting a state park gives people the chance to immerse themselves with nature,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “We’re excited for our Arts in the Parks series to expand on that experience by tapping into the beauty of the outdoors.”

Arts in the Parks displays the power of community partnerships as ODNR teams up with the Ohio Arts Council and Great Ohio Lodges for a one-of-a-kind experience.

“The OAC is thrilled to be participating in this unique collaboration with ODNR and Great Ohio Lodges will make unexpected connections between the arts and our natural world,” OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins said.

The series will be offered to guests of the lodge as well as those who want to visit for the class.

“Ohio is home to world class artists and to an amazing array of state parks and lodges; Uniting these and sharing them with everyone who visits a Great Ohio Lodge is a fantastic opportunity!” Great Ohio Lodges Regional Director Justin Berg said.

The artists featured in this year’s Arts in the Parks artist workshop series at the Mohican State Park Lodge are:

Kimberly Jarvis, Dancing from the Inside-Out

Mohican State Park Lodge – July 28-30

  • Fridays, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Must-Know Musical Theater Dance Class
  • Fridays, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Must-Know Musical Theater Tour
  • Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Breaking Down Ballet
  • Saturdays, 11 a.m. – noon: Ballet Boot Camp
  • Saturdays, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Decade Dance Partner Jam
  • Saturdays, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Balance in Nature
  • Sundays, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Morning Momentum Moves
  • Sundays, 11 a.m. – noon: Community Circle Dance

Cynthia Amoah, A Poetry & Nature Workshop

Mohican State Park Lodge – September 1-3

  • Fridays, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Intro to Words in the Wild
  • Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Soil & Seeds
  • Saturdays, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Seas & Storms
  • Sundays, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Sounds

Dr. Suzanne Ondrus, Reclaiming Our Connection to Nature

Mohican State Park Lodge – August 11-13

  • Fridays, 4:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.: Humorous Motorcycle Poems
  • Fridays, 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Hermits & Nature Manuals
  • Fridays, 7:30 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.: Travel to West Africa
  • Fridays, 8 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: True Crime Storytelling
  • Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Hike with Reading and Writing
  • Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.: Learning and Feeling Trees’ Humanity Presentation
  • Saturdays, noon – 12:30 p.m.: Learning and Feeling Trees’ Humanity Meditation
  • Saturdays, 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: Trees’ Humanity Writing
  • Saturdays, 8 p.m. – 8:20 p.m.: Love Poems Reading
  • Sundays, 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Letters to Trees Reading
  • Sundays, 10:30 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.: Flash Fiction and Nonfiction Reading
  • Sundays, 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Flash Fiction and Nonfiction Workshop

Stevens Puppets

Mohican State Park Lodge – August 25-27

Detailed schedule coming soon

Source: ODNR; Image by Peter H from Pixabay

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