Rick Keynotes at International ‘Mosaic’ (March 2007)

Seattle, WA (March 17, 2007) – The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington was awhirl with toys, tales and folk arts from around the world, as Rick Hartman, ‘The Teaching Toymaker,’ kicked off a symposium for educators with a special performance of “Wonderglobe: A Multicultural Whirl of Stories and Toys.

In a daylong Arts Mosaic hosted by the Jackson School Outreach Centers, K-8 teachers from around Washington State cut, stitched and pounded their way to a new appreciation and understanding of world cultures through folk tales, crafts and toys.

“What an honor it is to be here,” said Hartman, as he began his keynote presentation in the UW’s historic Thomson Hall. During the hour-long program, Hartman entertained and entranced his audience with stories from Liberia, Brazil and the Czech Republic, interwoven with larger-than-life folk toys created with a magical, transforming globe.

“No matter what language we speak, where we come from, or how old we are, we are bound together by the things we play with and the stories we tell,” Hartman concluded.

His program was followed by sessions on Traditional Chinese Festivals, Embroidery of Uzbekistan, Art of the Philippines, West African Folk Art, Toys and Games from West Java, Indonesia, Japanese Fish Printing, and Arabic Script and Calligraphic Arts.

For more information on Rick Hartman’s “School of Toy,” visit his website, www.schooloftoy.com.