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Michael A Maroun

11 Elm Street
Phoenix, New York 13135

Main Office: 315.695.1561
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Emerson J Dillon

116 Volney Street
Phoenix, New York 13135

Main Office: 315.695.1521
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Grade 5 - 8 Nurse: 315.695.1524

John C Birdlebough

552 Main Street
Phoenix, New York 13135

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Guidance: 315.695.1645
Grades 9 - 12 Nurse: 315.695.1634

EJD Students pose for a picture during the recent storyfaces presentation

StoryFaces provides Phoenix students with unique art lesson

History, culture and art were weaved into several stories that captivated an audience of Emerson J. Dillon Middle School students during a recent presentation.

Artist and storyteller Christopher Agostino met with sixth and eighth-graders to infuse arts in education with his “StoryFaces” show. Agostino told a variety of stories while simultaneously transforming the faces of student volunteers into the characters. His stories ranged from traditional folktales to original works.

“I hope these performances inspire the students,” Agostino said. “I want them to get a sense of what’s possible in the arts. It’s also a way to get them to think about other cultures and other people. It shows the unity of human culture.”

The students learned about modern art and African art as Agostino created asymmetrical designs and pattern to transform the students’ faces. His work used inspiration from Picasso and cubism to create the StoryFaces characters.

“Art functions for all cultures the same way,” Agostino said. “It’s meant to make you think … not only about yourself, but the world around you too.”