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10/31/2022 - Amado Espinoza and Karen Lisondra Residency and Concert

Amado Espinoza and Karen Lisondra are in residency on November 7 and 8 in Salina area schools through the Arts Infusion Program of Salina Arts & Humanities. The residency includes a community performance, which is free and open to the public, at Theatre Salina, 303 E Iron Ave., on Tuesday, November 8, from 6:30- 7:30 pm in the Sunflower Financial Theatre.

Amado and Karen are returning to Salina after performances on the main stages and children’s stage at the 2019 and 2022 Smoky Hill River Festival. Amado is a Bolivian artist who invites the listener to share a journey through his innovative musical poetics. A master of African and Arabic percussion concerts, Amado has been received with shouts of enthusiasm and a standing ovation. Karen grew up in the Kansas City area and has traveled the world performing theatre, circus, and dance, winning national awards for her work. The pair began working together and married in Bolivia before moving back to Kansas City. The Arts Infusion program proudly welcomes these talented, international folk musicians back to Salina.

The pair are the 2022-23 Arts Infusion Sharon Benson Visiting Artists. Sharon Benson served as the Arts Education Coordinator for Salina Arts & Humanities from 1994-2014. During that time, Benson worked with local and nationally known artists to develop programs to support the existing school curriculum. Her passion for the power of arts education to present thoughtful, curriculum-based encounters between students and the arts provided an excellent foundation for the Arts Infusion program. A teaching artist is designated each year to provide educational programs and content that reflect cultural diversity, while connecting the arts to new and established audiences in relevant ways.

For needed accommodations, please call Amanda Morris at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785- 309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event