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Paramount Center for the Arts has many talented staff members. We would like to feature Jane Oxton, Director of the Education and Outreach program. Jane served on our board from 1999 to 2009. In 2010 she began developing the Education and Outreach program as a part-time consultant until being named director in 2014. Read to learn more about Jane!
What was the main reason for wanting to work at The Paramount?
Since my teaching days at Jefferson Elementary, I recognized the incredible value of the Paramount to this community. Jefferson students came here often to expand their world, develop skills in ways beyond which the school could do on its own, and strengthen teachers in powerful ways.
Serving on the board added a new appreciation for the many services and resources that came to St. Cloud because of the Paramount. But I had this gnawing sense that the arts are of value to all, but not accessible to all. Through this current position, I have been able to help Paramount resources work in order to extend arts impact and touch lives in such compelling ways. Equipping and connecting local artists to share their skills and passion so that our elders, those with disabilities or challenges, new refugees, children with varied learning styles and more can discover or reinforce their creativity and worth has been one of the most satisfying journeys I have had.
Besides that, the Paramount is a wonderful place to work, filled with dedicated, adventurous, kind, creative and hard-working people who share a vision and work as a team. What more could one ask ??
What is the best part of your job?
Watching people discover their abilities and being served by the power of the arts.
When a member of the choir our project sponsors at Good Shepherd says that the choir lifted her from depression, or the 5th grade child says “I get it” during our Math SmARTs dance class, or a husband calls to thank us for the art classes we provided for his wife suffering from memory loss, the teacher who says our Arts Camp for Educators helped reignite her passion or the parent who rejoices that there is a dance class for her child who lives with autism – those moments bring joy beyond measure.
What hobbies do you enjoy outside of work?
Our seven grandkids are a constant source of energy and delight as we attend their many activities and share in their celebrations. I enjoy my little flower garden, a good book on the deck at the lake, morning Sudoku, playing the piano and trying new recipes!
If you could be any person throughout history who would it be?
This is a hard question. I can think of many I might like to be for a day, but a bigger desire for me is someone I would like to have met. My maternal grandfather was a legend in our family, and I long to have known him. He arrived alone from Sweden at the age of 10, homesteaded in Northern Minnesota as a young man, developed a huge farming operation that required 75 horses and many hired hands, raised nine children when his wife died and saw that most of the girls got a college education, and was awarded as one of the first “Farmer of the Year’ in Minnesota. Peter Lindahl is a person I would love to meet and from whom I would learn so much.
What is your favorite quote?
My Mom used to say “Live your life in such a way that when someone says something bad about you, no one believes it.” She also would say “There’s always a way!” and apply it whether the problem was big or small. Both have helped to guide decisions along my life’s pathway.
Arts Camp for Educators and Teaching Artists is underway at the Paramount. An annual joint project of Perpich Center for Arts Education and their District 728 Regional Center, CMAB and the Paramount, thus year’s theme is Expanding Your Teacher Toolbox. Exceptional presenters are sharing ways to make arts accessible to all students, apply arts to math and writing, address cultural differences through the arts and teach to student strengths! This year’s camp offers a wide range of art applications to help ALLstudents reach high standards. Exciting learning indeed.
June 9 from 5-9pm
See artcrawlstcloud.com for a complete list of venues and featured artists. Don’t miss new venues Copper Pony and Body Kinetics Massage and your old favorites like the Paramount Gift Gallery, Visual Art Center and Gallery Saint Germain.
Hundreds of people came together at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Tuesday, May 9 to celebrate the many cultures represented in the St. Cloud community. It was an evening filled with food from many ethnic backgrounds as well as music and mingling. The celebration also marked the completion of a project spanning over 6 months that was a collaboration between the Paramount’s Education and Outreach department and many people from the community who share recipes from their own families.
This year’s Arts Camp for Educators and Teaching Artists, Expanding Your Teaching Toolbox provides an opportunity for you to explore many ways to add depth, variety, and new pathways to help ensure success for all students. Take a look at the briefs and schedule and then sign up for all of the classes that will help you build your resources and skills toolbox. A registration fee of $50 allows you to take as many of the 15 offerings on Wednesday and Thursday as you would like – what a deal! The first twenty to sign up for the noon sessions will have their lunch included. Stay all day, take advantage of the noon offerings or enjoy one of the many unique and wonderful restaurants near the Paramount. This year, graduate level credit for all sessions is available from University of the Pacific at a cost of $62 per credit up to 3 credits per course. Registration forms will be distributed and completed at Arts Camp. We will collect completed forms and checks covering tuition and submit to Pacific U at that time. More information is available here. CEU’s will also be issued for all of the classes you attend. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, June 7, but many classes have limited enrollment so register EARLY to ensure a place.
Cost: $50 registration for as many classes as you’d like!
Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, May 5, 2017 from 1:00-3:00pm
FREE & Open to the Public
The Paramount Center for the Arts and Centracare Health proudly present Painter, Sculptor and Actress, Jane Seymour at an opening reception for her exhibition featured during the month of May. Ms. Seymour will be available to greet guests from 1 pm until 3 pm. on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Paramount Theatre. All of her work displayed at the Paramount’s Gallery St. Germain and the Paramount Theater Lobby will be available for sale through the entire month of the exhibition. This 1:00-3:00 reception is free and open to the public.
Time to celebrate! Each of the classes from the first round of Growing Art-FULL! had their final performances to demonstrate to friends and family all they had learned. Artists David DeBlieck and Leigh Dillard led a large group of Benedict Village residents in movement exploration for 10 weeks, Garrett Lathe and Marcelyn Smale made music with residents of Good Shepherd Apartments along with some community members, and Ken Ferber and Sandy Fabian developed clay skills with participants from Whitney Senior Center. These activities are funded by a grant from Aroha Philanthropies. It is a research grant shared with 15 other agencies across the United States developing effective arts opportunities for those 55 and older. Sessions will now rotate and begin in May for Round 2!! Congratulations to all who participated!!
Paramount Summer Art Camps are filling up! Register now to get a spot in your favorite classes.
Let the kids mess up our place while they’re having a blast!
Morning and afternoon sessions, or make a day of it!
For more information and to register, click here.
The Paramount recently announced Constantine Maroulis of American Idol as headlining act for the 2017 Annual Fundraiser!
Following Constantine Maroulis’s epic run on American Idol as the rock n’ roll underdog, his career took off and Constantine has become a household name. Since then, he has secured a place in pop culture as a leading rock tenor and a Broadway superstar. Best known for his Tony Award-nominated role for Leading Actor in a Musical in Rock of Ages, Constantine has also led casts in Jekyll and Hyde on Broadway, for which he received a Drama League Award Nomination for a Distinguished Performance Award, and the national tours of Rent and The Wedding Singer.
Over the past few months, Constantine has toured in the Northeast at venues including The Cutting Room, BB Kings, Highline Ballroom, Rockwood Music Hall, Mexicali Live, Yankee Stadium, Irving Plaza, Ridgefield Playhouse, The Green Room 42, and more. Up next, Constantine shifts back to theatre for a few months and stars as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at The Muny, and performs in the world premiere production of The Most Beautiful Room in New York at Long Wharf Theater before continuing his solo national tour!