Education journalist Pamela Knudson will report on Christie Aleshire, a music teacher at Century Elementary School, who has decided to resign her position because of the uncertainty that surrounds how in-person instruction will be provided in the upcoming school year. It was a difficult decision, she said: “I love the kids.”

Knudson also reports on the shelters at University Park being transformed into stages where six short plays, by local playwrights, will be presented Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-9. Kathy Coudle-King, a UND English Department faculty member and former director of the Fire Hall Theatre, calls it “boutique theater,” because each setting is small and unique -- seating will be limited. After each play, audience members will pick up their lawn chairs and blankets and move to the next shelter to see a different play.

Finally, Knudson writes about the North Dakota Council on the Arts awarding Individual Artist Fellowships to two Grand Forks artists: Camilla Morrison for costume development and installations, and Hamzat Koriko for theater production development. Morrison is a costume designer, draper and artist who teaches costume design at UND. Koriko is a playwright, a storyteller and artistic director of the African Arts Arena, based in Grand Forks.

Look for these stories online and in print on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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