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The Artist-In-Residence program at Homestead National Monument of America will soon begin for the season! The first artist, writer Michael Knisely, will spend May 15 –28, 2016 at Homestead, offering public workshops on May 15,May 21, and May 22, starting at Homestead's Education Center.There is no registration necessary and the program is free. This is the eighth year of the monument's Artist-in-Residence program.
Knisely will be keeping a daily journal of his time at Homestead National Monument to serve as a parallel to journals and diaries a Homesteader might have kept. Knisely is very open to working with others and welcomes everyone to stop and introduce themselves and talk! Specifically, Knisely will be offering programs all day on Sunday, May 15;Saturday, May 21; and Sunday, May 22. The schedule for each day is:
9:00-10:00 am- Guided Sensory Walk and Writing
11:00-11:45 am- Poet and Participant readings
3:00-3:45 pm- Public Reading
4:00-5:00 pm- Walking Tour/Writing Time
Knisely is a Nebraska native who grew up in Beatrice. He currently lives in Lincoln and teaches English courses at Southeast Community College. His work mainly involves poetry, writing, and photography. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in English (creative writing and poetry) at the University of Arizona and has taught kindergarten through college students.
"We are excited to start the Artist-in-Residence program this year with a local person. Mr. Knisely has fond memories of visiting Homestead National Monument of America as a child and has some wonderful stories to tell. He is also an avid birder", stated Superintendent Mark Engler.
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Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/