Multiple national award-winning singer-songwriter
Patricia and a partner will come all day to demonstrate and lead your audience through 5000 years of the world's oldest continuous living civilization. The program includes authentic artifacts, games and hands-on participation.
Patricia's partner is a professional traditional dancer and instructor who runs her own dance school in Fuzhou, China. Both will come in authentic clothing.
The day starts off with an assembly for the entire group. Elements include:
The group will then split into two smaller ones to participate in;
The day will close with a lively, noisy and colorful finale celebrating Lunar New Year where 4 participants get to be musicians and 4 get to experience being 2 Lion Dancers. All others will celebrate in the festivities!
At the very end each participant will receive gifts and, for a small optional fee, a traditional "good luck" red envelope filled with a surprise!
For those venues who have a smaller space and/or budget or less time, Patricia offers one-hour workshops solo.
Elements covered include:
Patricia comes in authentic Chinese clothing and participants will experience the same but smaller Lunar New Year celebration and receive small gifts at the close.
***** (top marks)
“Patricia Shih’s program ‘Let’s go to China’ is a wonderful program—blending information that is customized to the wishes of the participating teachers. The children are captivated, entertained and educated in a delightful presentation. From the pre-planned handouts to the unique artifacts she brings to show the children, Patricia Shih is a complete professional. It is no wonder that the teachers request her year after year!” Albany Ave. School, Farmingdale, NY
***** (top marks)
(All 5s, highest marks) “How do you keep 6th graders involved and attentive for 65 minutes? Answer - Invite Patricia Shih to your school. Patricia's workshop on China was informative, enlightening, and fun for students and staff alike.” Mark Meyers, Cultural Arts Coordinator, Willets Rd. Intermediate School, Roslyn Heights, NY
“They are RAVING about you! The BEST presentation EVER!” Lockhart School, Massapequa, NY
"Chinese stories, history and superstitions accompanied each artifact, keeping everyone on the edge of their seat. The finale consisted of both the Ribbon Dance and Lion Dance performed by some of the students. What a great way to prepare for the upcoming Chinese New Year and what a fabulous way to end the workshop.” Robbins Lane School, Syosset, NY
“Dear Ms. Shih,
Thank you for coming to our school today. I learned so much about China. I especially liked playing the flower drum. It was really fun wearing that hat with a braid. It was really fun learning to speak Chinese. It was cool when you showed us the lion that danced. It was GREAT!” Liam, 3rd grade student, Blue Point Ele. School, Blue Point, NY
"Thank you so much for your presentation at the Fall 209 Cultural Arts Workshops. Your workshop was extremely well-received by the teachers and generated further interest in Chinese culture. The evaluations raved about your enthusiasm for and knowledge of Chinese accomplishments, particularly that of inventions and discoveries. Additionally, they felt that this workshop best fit into their curriculum and provided the most useful material. Overall, the teachers were thrilled with the workshop and would definitely recommend it to others, as would I. It has been a pleasure working with you!" A-I-E Coordinator, Huntington Arts Council