Experiencing Gordon Parks through Music and Dance

Experiencing Gordon Parks through Music and Dance is an Arts Partners program developed in 2015 with funding from the Ulrich Museum of Art.

If you’re looking for a fun way to tackle the difficult subject of civil rights and diversity, keep reading! This fun and active Residency uses music and dance as a way for your students to learn about the Civil Rights Movement in a non-threatening atmosphere. Students will learn dances popular during the life of Gordon Parks and will dance to music composed by Gordon Parks. Students will see the importance of diversity in our society and how different cultures impact each other in positive ways.

Program designed for middle school, but flexible for older elementary.

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Appropriate for ages: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7

Max Audience: one class
Costs: $379 includes four 45-minute workshops and a planning meeting. Virtual programs require a $39 tech/planning meeting.


Joyce Gedraitis

Joyce Gedraitis holds a MEd degree from Wichita State University. She has danced with folk dance groups all over the United States and in London, England. During the summer of 2009, Joyce went to Israel where she attended a 10-day summer course in Israeli folk dancing.

Joyce also performs in the duo “World Culture Party.”


We thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful lady. She was able to motivate the students to try something new and teach respect amongst each other. She also chose age-appropriate dances for each grade level group. We thought she was amazing and fun!

T. Belcher, Latchkey Co-Director, Linwood Elementary, Wichita

The students LOVED this workshop and so did I. I have always been interested in the brain research done with crossing the midline. I am so happy that Joyce gave instruction on the dances as well as a CD of the music. I am using this as morning work each day for the students! I would highly recommend this workshop!

M. Kambui, Kindergarten, Buckner Performing Arts Magnet, wichita

It was great. Kept us dancing!

C. Jenney, 7th grade, Robinson Middle School, Wichita

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This Organization received funding for general operational support from the City of Wichita The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Board of directors

Jan-Maeve Saggerson

Tim Rogers

Lai-L Daugherty

Teresa Seymour

Rodney Horton

Chris Wendt