OSAGE | Using a combination of art, music, reading – and fun – author and songwriter Chad Elliott led three schools’ worth of elementary school students on a journey into new worlds as part of a literacy residency last week.
A culmination of those sessions happened Sept. 24, when students from the county’s schools and their parents and teachers gathered at the Krapek Family Fine Arts Center at the Cedar River Complex in Osage to celebrate their time with Elliott, called “Wilderman’s Treetop Tales Literacy Night.” His time in Mitchell County was sponsored by the Fine Arts Council of Mitchell County.
Elliott met with the students in Osage, Riceville and St. Ansgar throughout the week. Using music and portions of his own works to trigger imaginations, students created animal characters whose images appeared not only in paintings created by Elliott in each school, but that also came alive in songs that were performed by Elliott and students.
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