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Music in Art

We can find out what history’s music sounded like when we play music scores by classic composers. Thanks to the visual arts, we can also find out what making music looked like in the past! Here’s a little gallery of paintings of music and musicians, along with recordings of the kind of music that inspired […]

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Blast Off Coloring Sheet

Today is Earth Day. The world’s four elements (earth, air, fire, and water) were the inspiration for this new coloring sheet. ICAN Program Manager and free-time doodler, Sarah Zwinklis, drew the ICAN rocket blasting off to explore the universe. Can you imagine what the world would look like from outer-space? That’s where this rocket is […]

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ICAN’s First Photo Album

All Classical Portland launched the International Children’s Art Network on April 15th, 2019. Over the past 366 days (thanks, Leap Year!) ICAN has worked with more than 100 young people to create over 1,000 audio segments; from poetry to adventures, from introducing music to telling stories, kids are at the heart of ICAN’s programming. Here […]

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Dances from More Lands

All over the world, people like to get up and dance! Here’s a collection of five additional kinds of dance, each from a different culture. You can read about them, you can listen to the dance music, and you can dance if you want to!  Kabuki: Dance and Singing Art Form from Japan  A Solo […]

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Dances from Many Lands

All over the world, people like to get up and dance! Here’s a collection of five kinds of dance, each from a different culture. You can read about them, you can listen to the dance music, and you can dance if you want to!  Kolo: A Dance from the Balkans Slavonic Dance Op. 72 No. […]

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Let’s Celebrate Together (Apart)!

ICAN’s birthday is right around the corner on April 15th, and we got to thinking…how can we celebrate the birthdays of our friends and family, especially if we can’t be with them on that special day?! Here are some fun ways to celebrate loved ones, even if you are apart. 1) Call or Facetime with […]

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ICAN Color!

Staying at home doesn’t have to be boring! ICAN friends can keep learning AND playing with these four, fun, free coloring pages. Every page has a different letter of the alphabet. Can you find them all? Color using your imagination and whatever coloring tools you like. When you’ve colored to your hearts’ content, you can […]

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Expanding Minds Through Art

How did you learn your ABCs? Was it by song? Did you learn you were left or right-handed through drawing? Did a nursery rhyme teach you about poetry? There is little doubt that art is one of the most effective tools for development. Through programming designed to inspire creativity in all its forms, ICAN allow […]

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Little Creatures

Isabel Skau sat down with Ana Gerhard to discuss her musical picture book Little Creatures: An Introduction to Classical Music, how her real-life experiences with children and music help shape her literature, and her progress on a future publication titled Little Tales. Little Creatures was first published in Spanish as Bichos – Introducción a la […]

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The Lullaby – A Song for Everyone

The lullaby, also known as a cradle song, is one of the most recognized, universal, and consistent genres of music in the world. Although it is impossible to pinpoint the origin of the lullaby, the title began to be used in the late 16th century. Lullabies are mainly known for being utilized to sooth as […]

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