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Art education grant helps Watersmeet kids to build wigwam


December 22, 2018

P.J. Glisson/Daily Globe

POSING THURSDAY with a paper wigwam made by students of the Watersmeet K-12 School are, from left, Lynn Richie, Wendy Powalisz, artist Norma Dycus Pennycuff (hunched inside) and art teacher Nina Fiorucci. The project was part of a program made possible by a grant initiated through Wisconsin's Land O'Lakes Arts, with which Richie and Pawalisz are affiliated. The wigwam is in the school lobby.


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WATERSMEET - People walking into the lobby of the Watersmeet K-12 School are greeted by a life-sized wigwam made of paper.

The project made by middle and high school students is just one result of an art education grant made possible by the state, via Land O'Lakes Arts in Land O'Lakes, Wis.

According to Nina Fiorucci, the school's art teacher, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs provided the grant, for which LOLA applied on behalf of the school.

Fiorucci said the grant allowed artist Debra Jircik, of Eagle River, Wis., to be an artist-...

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