Activist artist to visit Grinnell College to offer three days of workshops

Aaron Rossini of Artists Striving to End Poverty will lead public workshops Jan. 28-30

Visiting artist Aaron Rossini with Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) will lead free, public, all-ages workshops Jan. 28-30, both at Grinnell College and in town, as part of "The Artist as Citizen." His visit will culminate in a final sharing and reflection where the audience can view the workshop-devised theater pieces and talk with participants.

ASTEP is an international non-profit organization that provides arts education and empowerment programs for underserved youth. It was conceived by a Broadway musical director and Juilliard students to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had: their art. Today, ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty.

Rossini is an actor, director, producer and teacher in New York. He received his B.F.A in acting from Miami University of Ohio and completed his M.F.A at the Brown University/Trinity Rep Graduate Program. He is a founder and an artistic director at Fault Line Theatre and a teaching artist with ASTEP.

"The Artist at Citizen" is brought to Grinnell with the support of the College's Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement, Department of Music, Wilson Center, Artists@Grinnell and the Center for the Humanities, as well as the Grinnell Area Arts Council.

The events on Sunday, Jan. 28, are "The Artist as Citizen", which starts at 4 p.m. and "Lead with Your Art," which starts at 7 p.m. Both will take place at The Stew, 927 Broad St., Grinnell.

On Monday, Jan. 29, Rossini will lead "Exiting the Comfort Zone" at 11 a.m. in the rotunda of Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell. He will also lead "Devising with ASTEP (Session 1) at 4:15 p.m. in Bucksbaum Room 154 and "Artistry, Activism, and Entrepreneurship" at 7 p.m. in the Bucksbaum Rotunda.

On Tuesday, Jan. 30, Rossini will lead "IMPROV-ing the World with ASTEP" at 11 a.m. in Faulconer Gallery in Bucksbaum Center for the Arts and "Devising with ASTEP (Session 2)" at 4 p.m. in the Bucksbaum Rotunda. Rossini's visit will culminate in a final sharing and reflection, starting at 7  p.m. in the Bucksbaum Rotunda.

The college welcomes the presence of minors at all age-appropriate public events and for informal visits, with the understanding that a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult assumes full responsibility for their child’s safety and behavior during such visits or events. In these cases the college expects that an adult responsible for the visiting child takes measures to ensure the child’s safety and sees that the child complies with directions of college personnel. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.

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