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Dance: Margo Van Ummersen, M.A. in Dance, is a choreographer, performer, and educator who specializes in contemporary dance including modern dance, contact improvisation, and tap. From 1994-2002 she directed Van Ummersen Dance Company, a non-profit arts organization devoted to the creation, development and education of New Dance. Under Margo’s leadership, VUDC offered an annual performance season of choreography and improvisation, toured throughout the Northwest, and organized educational workshops, festivals and salons to promote the growth of a vibrant dance community in Oregon. Margo has collaborated with composers, textile artists, and filmmakers in full evening theater works, and received grants from The McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, Lane Arts Council and TApRoOT. In 1999, she was honored with the Lila Jewel Award for the "unique contribution women make to the arts". In 2000, she received Oregon Arts Commission's Individual Artist Fellowship. Margo has been on the dance faculty at LCC since 1991, and collaborates with local non-profits to create opportunities for arts integration in early education.




Louisa Lindsay-Sprouse, the founding director of Young Writers Association, shares literature based curricula developed for YWA programs.  Called a visionary in arts education, she has received awards for significant contributions to the cultural life of the community. Louisa has provided literary arts explorations, as both leisure time enrichment and vital learning in classrooms, for teacher groups parent groups, and intergenerational groups. Her interdisciplinary material is taught at the University of Oregon School of Education/Arts & Administration to teachers in training. Experienced in addressing educational standards, Louisa has aligned curriculum to benchmarks in Oregon’s arts standards for Oregon Public Education Network and for Lane Education Service District. Louisa developed, facilitated and taught in both interdisciplinary and creative writing projects with youth for over 20 years. She produced the Glitterary Word Festival, a literary arts festival for youth & their families, published youth, and produced a poetry spot of mixed age writers for public radio. Louisa performs as a storyteller and has produced many theatre pieces combining poetry and dance. She is a storyteller/poet who simply finds pleasure in sharing her love for words, imagination and the adventure of learning.

"Students became more confident about expressing themselves creatively and presenting their writing to others. This experience definitely increased their reading and writing skills,  and I learned so much from observing Louisa about teaching writing and relating to students, to get them thinking about writing! She has so many strengths—excellent storyteller, excellent communicator, excellent manager of student behaviors. Please keep coming into classrooms!" Elementary School teacher




Young Writers Association Stirring up literary play for twenty years!

Through workshops, publications, camps, and literature-based explorations, YWA contributes to the cultural literacy of Lane County youth. YWA believes students thrive in an environment that is creative, rich in knowledge and information and based on great cultural stories. We believe creativity can be learned and should be practiced. Young Writers Association nurtures programs involving schools and the community that encourage higher order thinking and creativity through integrated activities.

Lane Arts Council works to strengthen and support the arts in Lane County. For over 30 years, our YouthArts program has impacted thousands of young people in meaningful, high-quality arts experiences.  Professional visual, performing, and literary artists work with students to engage their creative thinking skills while promoting a profound understanding and life-long appreciation of the arts.


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