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20th Anniversary brings education to  RFA                                                                                     ‘Educational Workshops’ at Riverside Park

Adding 2 tents allows us to offer quite a few free workshops over the 2 day festival in painting/mixed media, writing/literature/poetry,  and creating with mosaics, carving or similar types of hands on instruction. All for free!  We can offer those attending the workshops  inspired moments of possibilities that they may be able to take away with them in whatever form they choose to create from.

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We will continue to offer younger children the very successful  Interactive Tent Area set up from previous years;  filled with projects, be it chalk art, paint, colored pencil designs or hooping!

This year we hope to inspire the emerging teen or early teens to experience the arts hands on. Create hope and joy to the surrounding area where the arts have been lessened or in some cases removed completely. Without art we are losing the necessary creative side of life with all her possibilities. Addressing this is our main goal with the Educational Tents.

Ian Summers hosts the “Faces of Riverside Festival of the Arts’

Cathy Stoops host from the School of Natural  Learning. See Children page

James Gloria will present and host ‘Historical Mural’ painting with brooms and acrylics for all to participate. Learn from the best!

Chesna Closs will work on your self esteem through fitness in Spoken Word Performance.


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Our Educators for 2016 are:

Ian Summers, Artist extraordinaire ~ Saturday 17th from 11 am till 5 pm

James Gloria, Totts Gap Arts Institute ~ Sunday 18th from 11 am till  p5m

Cathy Stoops, School of Natural Learning ~ Sunday 18th from 1 pm till 3 pm

Chesna Closs of Fit- Esteem Saturday17th from 11 am till 12 pmChesna Warehouse LungeChesna Closs has a master’s degree from the Rutgers University School of Social Work and is nationally-certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise. After changing her own lifestyle and eating habits she found a ‘feeling’ unique to her new way of living. She called that feeling Fit-Esteem and it transformed her life. Chesna founded Fit Esteem in 1998 to help adults find their own versions of fit-esteem. In 2010, she began working on the concept of Jubilee & The Fit Esteem Kids to help young kids find their fit-esteem too. We are lucky to have her available to all ages on Sunday the 18th of September from 11 am until noon as an educator. Come and join Fit Esteems unique concept in performance!    _________________________________________

Performance Art leads: Lisa Thomas and Jessica Patricia Vehrkens Batha ~ ~Performance Dance ~ Saturday/Sunday

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Lisa Thomas has been dancing for 50 years. From the age of three, she studied in the Lehigh Valley, traveled throughout the northeast as an amateur student and performer.  She is presently on the faculty of Miss Julie’s in Roseto “moving bodies and minds since 1993”