“Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears”, a West African Folk Tale

We are excited to offer “A Musical Tale of Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears” from October 1st through November 29th with the Community performance on November 29th at 6:30 pm.


Through songs by our younger students, along with narration and skits by our older students, this African Folk Tale explains just why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears! This production should prove quite enjoyable for both performers and audience alike!


The classes are offered at Paonia Elementary school to students from Pre-school to 6th grade!



Tuesdays, October 1st-November 29th: Preschool-2nd graders, 3:30-5, at PES pit

Thursdays: October 1st-November 29th, 3rd-6th graders, 3:30-5, at PES pit


Starting Monday October 29th BOTH GROUPS will add an additional day of classes to help prepare for the Community Performance.  The Monday classes will start October 29 and will continue each week through the Community Performance on November 29th.


There is space for 13 students in the Pre-school to 2nd grade group, and an additional 13 students in the 3rd-6th grade group.


NO CLASSES will be held during Fall Break week (October 8th-October 12th) or Thanksgiving week (November 19th-November 23rd.)


Every Arts for All class is offered on the Reciprocal Gift Model. The established value of this class is $100, for more information please see the gift model section below.


Waiver Information

Photography: By signing below you agree to allow your child to be photographed during the class and understand that the Arts for All may publish these photos to help promote its children’s programs and solicit funding.

Attendance Policy: 

While these classes are being offered on the reciprocal gift model, attendance is important. I understand that if my student has 2 unexcused absences they will be dropped from the class and also be ineligible for the following semester offerings.

Liability Release: 

I understand that this document will prohibit me from bringing a lawsuit or otherwise claiming damages against Arts for All (the Blue Sage Center for the Arts, The Mountain Harvest Creative, The Learning Council,) its owners, staff and volunteers. I understand that while Arts for All is committed to thorough supervision of all activities that there are inherent risks in the participation of any activity. Thus, I hold harmless the Arts for All  its owners, staff, and volunteers from accidents resulting from participation. My child is in good health and capable of participating in the Arts for All programs. I authorize, in a medical emergency, after reasonable effort has been made to notify me, that the Arts for All staff may seek emergency assistance and medical treatment at the parent/guardian’s expense. I certify that I have adequate insurance to cover any injury or damage my child may cause or suffer while participating, or I agree to bear the costs of such injury or damage myself.

Information Sharing 

I understand that Arts for All will share your contact and emergency contact information with its instructors

This class is offered to the community as a Gift. 
We at Arts for All encourage participation in our classes and we DO NOT limit students participation by ability to contribute money.

Your participation in our class reflects community support and interest. Your contribution and reciprocation of the gift keeps this model viable. There are many ways that you can support our reciprocal gift model.

Contribute money: 
Each Gift offering has an established value that reflects the cash value of the class. You are welcome to pay an amount that feels comfortable to you and your financial situation. Gift forward and pay above the established value and share in the generosity by providing for others less fortunate. This is an opportunity for you to be abundant and support great educational offerings in the North Fork Valley!

If you are writing a check, make it our to Blue Sage and write “Arts for All” in the note section

Contribute time:
Volunteer to set up and clean up events and classes, make costumes, assist the teachers, help with Administrative tasks, volunteer to share your gifts and teach a class. Help the nonprofits (Blue Sage, Mountain Harvest Creative and The Learning Council) that are providing the class. Your time and energy are valuable and add to the success of our offerings.

Contribute Resources: 
The classes that we offer use all kinds of supplies and resources. Donations of musical instruments, art supplies, computers, iPads, circus arts supplies for juggling, stilt walking, clowning, snacks for students, or make a recommendation.

Be Creative: 
Let us know how you feel that you can best support and participate in our Gift Model. Mix and match the above options, have fun! We welcome your creative efforts to help our community education model thrive.

Thank you for your participation in our reciprocal gift model.