War Horse

“War Horse”

By L.A. Pomeroy

It’s not every day – even for New York City – that young men run through Lincoln Center snorting like horses. But it’s not every day that a play like War Horse comes to the stage, opening March 15 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York before galloping cross-country to the Curran Theater, Agust 1-26, in San Francisco. Originally produced by the National Theater of Great Britian, it was presented on Broadway by Lincoln Center Theater and Bob Boyett, and grossed roughly $900,000/week during its stay in the Big Apple, a particular uncommmon achievement for a non-musical with a relatively unknown cast.

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National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Receives National Education Awards for Its Distance Learning Program

Fort Worth,

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame has received two national awards
for its distance-learning program, the 2010-2011 Pinnacle Award from the Center
for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) and the 2011 Teachers’ Choice
Award from the Berrien Regional Education Service Agency for the second year in
a row.

For the 2010-11 school
year, the Cowgirl Museum was one of the 25 distance-learning providers in the
United States to receive the coveted Pinnacle Award and the only recipient in
Texas. This is the first year for the museum to receive the award, having
received honorable mention in 2010.

Through its 26
distance-learning programs, the Cowgirl Museum reached 16,963 students in 2011
(a 75% increase over the last school year) via 435 distance-learning program
sites— more than any other content provider through the Connect 2 Texas program,
sponsored by the Texas Education Agency. The museum also provided 91 classes to
students in other states and four classes to international audiences. Listed on
the museum’s web site at www.cowgirl.net are the programs available to elementary and
secondary schools and other organizations. Each program lasts 45 minutes. For
information, contact Cindi Collins, school services director of the Cowgirl
Museum, at 817-509-8697.

“We are extremely proud of
our school services staff and programs” said Patricia Riley, the museum’s
executive director. “These awards bring validation to what we already
knew. Reaching out in this medium is a key part of our mission and deserves this
recognition. This and the other educational services we offer will continue to

About the Pinnacle

The Center for Interactive
Learning and Collaboration (www.cilc.org), established in 1994, is an Indiana-based
not-for-profit organization specializing in access to applications and the
utilization of videoconferencing for live interactive content and professional
development, as well as web-based collaborative learning environments for K-20
education. CILC provides consulting expertise in videoconferencing, integration,
problem-based learning products, school-community partnerships and effective
techniques for the delivery and development of quality

The CILC’s Pinnacle Award
is presented annually to organizations posting outstanding K-12 standards-based
interactive videoconferencing programs to www.cilc.org. To qualify for

the award, the provider
must receive a minimum 2.85 average score out of a possible 3 on its program
evaluations from educators during the school year. The evaluation assesses seven
areas, two related to the effectiveness of the presenter and five related to the
educational content of the program. All content posted to www.cilc.org by Pinnacle Award
winners is marked with the CILC flame.

About the Teachers’
Favorite Award

The Berrien Regional
Education Service Agency, the cooperative based in Michigan’s Berrien County,
maintains a content provider database with a listing of videoconferencing
resources. For its annual Teachers’ Favorite Awards, educators from across the
country vote to select the best content and videoconferencing service providers.

About the National Cowgirl
Museum and Hall of Fame

The National Cowgirl Museum
and Hall of Fame (www.cowgirl.net) honors and celebrates women, past and
present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that
helped shape the American West and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and
spirit of self-reliance they inspire. The museum, located at 1720 Gendy Street
in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District, is considered an invaluable
national educational resource for its exhibits, research library, rare
photography collection, and the honorees in its Hall of

Contact: Craig Schaefer,
817.509.8664, cschaefer@cowgirl.net

Sophy Brown In Tune With Horses

“Sophy Brown In Tune With Horses”

By: Corinne Joy Brown

If you’ve never been to a rodeo, you can’t imagine the raw power of the bronco; a horse that is bred to buck! Leaping into the air, kicking, hopping, and spinning, the animal is both a frenzy aand a majesty of motion-mane flying, tail streaming and hooves flailing. Few artists in the West can capture the energy of this equine athlete, but Sophy Brown of Boulder, Colorado, tops the current list.

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