It’s no secret that this year has been a tough one for the arts, but Erin Amadio, one of Niagara Catholic’s Itinerant Arts teachers, has brought it to life for students both in real life and online.
Her commitment to art made her one of two recipients of Carousel Players’ Norah Morgan Champion of the Arts awards for excellence in arts education this year.
According to a media release from Carousel Players, like the late Norah Morgan for whom the award is named, Erin exemplifies leadership in drama and arts education for students and staff.
“I am truly honoured to be a recipient of the Norah Morgan Award,” said Ms. Amadio. “I am grateful for the opportunity to share my love and passion for Dance and Drama with students throughout Niagara as an Itinerant Arts teacher. My hope is to ignite my students’ creative spirit so they may find a mode for self-expression. Dance and drama education in elementary schools provides an opportunity for young people to build self-confidence, foster critical thinking, exercise problem solving skills and develop emotional literacy. Teaching arts during the pandemic has been a challenging learning experience for me. I decided that I would not let COVID stop me from creating meaningful arts experiences that would activate imaginations, allow for self-expression and cultivate a love for dance, drama and music.”
Niagara Catholic Arts and Student Leadership Consultant Teri Cristelli had this to say about Erin:
“I have personally witnessed Erin engage in creative drama lessons with some of her classes and was thoroughly impressed with the ways in which she enriched the curriculum with her energy. I watched her teach a Grade 3 class at St. Mark in which the students were working through tableaux and then reflecting on their work, and a kindergarten class in which she was bringing to life characterization through the story Where the Wild Things Are. In each of these instances, the students were mesmerized and participating thoroughly. She has shown me the importance and value of a drama specialist and how much deeper students can go with the curriculum with someone who is truly passionate about teaching drama.”
Carousel Players hopes to present the award to Ms. Amadio in person in the fall.