Square Dance with our Mongolian Guests

Hi,  don't forget the Square Dance at the Jamaica Town Hall

Saturday, October 22nd at 7:30!

Admission free- bring some munchies!

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Our Mongolian Guests enjoying the beach at Freeport, Maine

Journey East 2016 departs for China

Follow the journey on the Journey East website and on Facebook.

TOWNSHEND >> On March 22, Leland and Gray Union High School students enrolled in the Journey East Program will depart for a month of performance and cultural study in China. After having been accepted into the Journey East Program at Leland and Gray in February of 2015, and starting the program in January 2016, students have been participating in a semester-long academic experience. They have been learning Chinese language, culture and history, as well as creating a unique production to be performed across China.

dare-to-dream-smallThe production, “Dare to Dream,” is directed by the long-time artistic director Jennie Connor. The musical director, a new addition to the program, is Leland and Gray music teacher Riley Goodemote. The students, under the direction of Connor and Goodemote, have been creating a show that can be enjoyed by audiences both in China and in the United States. The cultural and linguistic divide is bridged by a largely non-verbal show that uses movement and music to captivate the audience. This show will be performed in primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities in various places across China, including Guiyang and Kaili of Guizhou Province, Chongqing, Qufu (Confucius’ birthplace in Shandong Province), Hohhot, Inner Mongolia and areas around these cities.

The variety of places that will be visited on this trip gives students a diverse and in-depth look at China and its culture. Students will see important cultural sites in each area they visit, as well as visiting schools and interacting with Chinese students. The Journey East students will stay with host families in Guizhou Province, giving them first-hand experience of life in China. In Hohhot, they will rehearse and collaborate with students from the Arts College of Inner Mongolia University. This collaboration will result in a culminating performance in front of an audience of 1,500 students and teachers at the Arts College.


Journey East Crew in Hohhot, ChinaAn information session for students interested in participating in the 2016 Asian Studies Academy and month-long performance tour of China will be held in the music room at Leland and Gray from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. on Monday, January 26. A second session, for those unable to attend on the 26th, will be held on January 29 in the school library at 6:30. Come meet the teachers and view excerpts from “Finding Your Place,” the student-produced documentary on the program

The Journey East Program was created at Leland and Gray in 2000. Over 250 students from Leland and Gray and area schools have participated. Students from schools such as BUHS, Twin Valley and Green Mountain have brought their energy and talents to the high school in previous years, enriching the program and their home schools and becoming valued members of the Journey East community.

Journey East, welcomes participation by students who do not normally attend Leland and Gray.

Journey East Documentary Project - Sneak Peek

In October of 2013, three Leland and Gray students, Alana Redden, Giannina Gaspero-Beckstrom and Fraser Query, embarked on a ten-month project to make a documentary.  The film is about Journey East's impact on the West River Valley, its alumni and Journey East's counterparts in China. This project is a tribute to Leland and Gray's one-of-a-kind Sino-American arts exchange program, in which over 200 local students have participated.

A large portion of the documentary was filmed in China, capturing Journey East participants’ unique experiences while touring and performing in the country. The film will feature interviews with Journey East founders, teachers, alumni, and collaborators from both the United States and China. It will also explain the history of the program and show footage from previous delegations. The film will be shared with other high schools in the region an effort to promote the establishment of similar cross-cultural exchange programs.


This clip, ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XajJS7h8fvw ) edited by Fraser Query, is a preview of the completed film coming this August! Please keep an eye out for an announcement regarding a public showing at the Latchis Theater.

Stay up-to-date on the project at https://www.facebook.com/journeyeastdocumentaryproject and check out other videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW_wmxP59_dk6J1RBSXg3tQ.

Leland and Gray’s “Journey East” presents “Monkey Business”


DSC04608After a month-long performance tour of China Journey East will present its home show in the Leland and Gray gymnasium on Friday, May 2 at 7:30 P.M. In the vaudevillian tradition, “Monkey Business” is filled with comic skits, music, dance and mime and is suitable for all ages.

Slides of the journey, which involved extensive travel through Beijing, provinces in southwest China and a 9 day residency at the Arts College of Inner Mongolia University in Hohhot, will be shown at 7:00 P.M.

The 16 students are anxious to share their experiences and audience members are encouraged to come with questions.

The performance is free and open to the public

Photos of the journey and student essays may be viewed at: www.journeyeast.csrworld.com



Journey East Reflections

Journey East is an Asian studies immersion program here at Leland and Gray.

Tom Connor, the founder of Journey East, asked the alum of the program to write a reflection on how the program has affected their lives.

The Journey East Program, initially funded by the Freeman Foundation and with major support from the University of Vermont’s award winning Asian Studies Outreach Program, was created at Leland and Gray in 2000. Over 250 students from host Leland and Gray and area schools including Brattleboro, Twin Valley, Burr and Burton, Green Mountain, The Compass School, Bellow Falls and others have participated. Over 40 students from the aforementioned schools have brought their energy and talents to the high school in previous years, enriching the program and their home schools and becoming valued members of the Journey East community.