Arts Alive!

An Artist-In-Residence opportunity for all Lindbergh students.

Our Mission

Arts Alive! exists to enrich the lives of all students at Lindbergh Elementary School through creating opportunities to experience hands-on interactions with professional artists. The programming offered to students balances mind, body, and whole-self learning opportunities within the arts.

A Lindbergh Tradition

Arts Alive! began over 30 years ago when (now retired) art teacher, Nancy Ratzloff proposed the idea of bringing in a professional artist to come and teach her art students about the craft of toy-making. With support from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Mrs. Ratzloff invited Wadena-based artist Kent Scheer to come to Lindbergh Elementary School for the week and work with Lindbergh Elementary School’s fifth graders. And that was only the beginning…

Over the years, the residency program grew to include local and state artists representing a wide variety of arts experiences (mind, body, spirit), and has expanded to reach all Lindbergh students—every child in every grade—in a rich and meaningful hands-on experience.

Lindbergh’s Arts Alive! program now hosts six resident artists for a full week of school. Artists meet daily with the grade level they’re invited to work alongside—and students benefit from this unforgettable opportunity.

Meet the 2019 Artists

The WonderWeavers, Tina Rhode and Colleen Shaskin
Storytellers Tina Rhode and Colleen Shaskin work with kindergartners to explore how we can tell stories to express ourselves. Students participate in storytelling through sounds, puppets, and acting, and create and illustrate a story of their own.

GREAT Theater Co., Aimee Miron
Aimee Miron of GREAT Theater Co. is working with students to explore the many aspects of theatrical production. From scripts and acting to costume design our first graders are working hard and discovering just what it takes to put on a production.

Dance, Mariah Schilling

Dancer Mariah introduces students to a variety of dance styles including ballet, hip-hop, modern, and jazz. Second graders learn to use dance as a form of self-expression.

Yoga, Jill Moore

Instructor Jill Moore works with third graders introducing concepts of body positivity, mindfulness, and reflection through yoga and storytelling.

Watercolor Painting, Dan Mondloch
Fourth graders experiment with watercolor through a variety of painting techniques. Dan introduces these concepts to guide students while they create a new painting every day.

Taiko Drumming, Iris Shiraishi
Drummer Iris Shiraishi of Theater Mu, introduces fifth graders to Japanese drumming techniques and the cultural importance of the art of the drum.

2018 Wrap Up

Arts Alive! 2018 was a great success! For videos and photos checkout our blog posts.


Angie Ireland
Art Teacher
(320) 616-3245