Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

Celtic Junction Arts Center

Best Cultural Center in North America –IrishCentral, 2018

836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104

A 501(c)(3) organization

Winter 2019

Free opportunities

Ciorcal Comhrá / Conversation CircleBeidh muid ag bualadh le chéile ar an gcéad Sathairn den mhí. Beidh comhrá caint, agus gáire againn. Beidh seans ag gach duine Gaeilge a labhairt. Beidh sé saor in aisce. Tá míle fáilte roimh gach duine. 
We will meet on the first Saturday of every month. We will converse, chat and laugh together. Everyone will have a chance to speak the Irish language. It will be free of charge. Everybody is welcome. 
Check link to PDF. Location is usually the Dubliner.

Educational class offerings, January through April 2019

All checks payable to Celtic Junction Arts Center

 No Sweat Irish 2. Informal Irish for relative beginners of all ages. Perfect for learners who have had some exposure to learning Irish Gaelic, this fun class features songs, games, and brief role-playing alongside an accessible easy-to-read textbook to make Irish language learning enjoyable. 8 sessions. Wed. 6:30-8 p.m. January 16–March 13 (no class 2/13). $180 or $162, if you email the instructor to pre-register. Checks are payable to Celtic Junction Arts Center. Instructor: Tom Jeffers. Contact him: tommyjeffers@gmail.com Location: Celtic Junction Arts Center in the McKiernan Library. [Course text: Gaeilge Gan Stró: No Sweat Irish: A beginner's Course. Note: the course text is INCLUDED in the price for the class.][20% discount for each additional family member that registers.]

 Introduction to Irish language literature: Children’s Books. Deepen your knowledge and appreciation and comprehension of the Irish language by reading plainly written selections from its children’s books. The instructor will supply readings of accessible Irish language short stories. 6 sessions. Thurs 6:30-8:00 p.m. January 31 – March 7. Class fee: $108 (if you email the instructor to pre-register) or $120 (on the night of the class). Payment: Cash or check payable to: Celtic Junction Arts Center. Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty. Contact her: laviniagaeilge@gmail.com.

 Preparation for the European Certificate in Irish/TEG (Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge). Adult learners - from experienced beginners to intermediate learners - undertake a structured curriculum to prepare them for the only internationally recognized general Irish language proficiency exam for adults in 2019 (or 2020). Derived from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, the TEG Certificate in Irish originates in Ireland’s Maynooth University and is administered annually in specific cities in Ireland, Europe, Canada, and the U.S. Students take it at various levels from Beginner to Advanced. 12 sessions. Saturday 9:00-11:00 a.m. January 19 – April 6 (12 weeks). Class fee: $324 (if you email the instructor to pre-register) or $360 (on the morning of the class). Instructor: Lavinia Finnerty. Contact her: laviniagaeilge@gmail.com.

 Drawing Celtic Mythology. Learn how the haunting and magical gods, goddesses, heroes, magicians, and landscapes of the Celtic realms can be given creative expression and re-interpretation in a class for beginners, returning students who have taken the class before, and enthusiasts at all levels. The principles of formal composition and color theory will be applied to this inspirational mythic and iconic imagery. 6 sessions. 8:00-9:00 p.m. Thursday February 7, [One Wed session: Feb 13], 21, 28, and March 7, 14. Class fee: $120 or $108 (if you email the instructor to pre-register). There will also be a booklet of assignments ($10 fee). Instructor: Carrie Finnigan. Email: carrie.finnigan@gmail.com [Note: students should bring paper, or a drawing notebook and preferred drawing materials (pencils, pens, colored pencils, markers, etc.) Due to the delicate nature of the library, paint, charcoal and pastels are not permitted.] Location: Eoin McKiernan Library. Checks payable to: Celtic Junction Arts Center.

 Under the Influence: William Blake’s poetic genius as a model for the poetry of W.B. Yeats. Learn how the multi-talented genius, William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), was profoundly influenced by the mystical poetry, symbolism, and worldview of the great British Romantic poet, William Blake (1757-1827). 10 sessions. Mondays, January 21 – March 25. 8 – 9:30 p.m. Class fee: $200 or $180 if you email the instructor to pre-register. Instructor: Dr. Patrick O’Donnell. Email: Patrick.odonnell@normandale.edu [Recommended course text: William Blake: Selected Poems. Oxford World’s Classics [Edited by Nicholas Shrimpton but any edition would work.] [Any edition of the poetry of W.B. Yeats.].

 Stave Incantations: The Magic of Chanted Poetry. Learn how to write poetry with a sense of mystical incantation through the strategies of chanting poetry to the beat of a stave. 2 sessions. 2 – 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 2 and 9, 2019. Class fee: $40 or $36 (if you email the instructor to pre-register). Instructor: Lynette Reini-Grandell. Email: lynette.reini-grandell@normandale.edu Checks payable: Celtic Junction Arts Center. Location: McKiernan Library.


 Reading Irish Poetry: John Montague and his contemporaries.
 Discover the richness of the poetic achievement of John Montague by reading his work in conjunction with selections from Patrick Kavanagh, Maire, Eavan Boland, Austin Clarke, Tom McCarthy, and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill. The instructor will provide the text The Rough Field by John Montague which is INCLUDED in the class fee. 6 sessions. Tuesdays. 6:30-8 p.m. February 5 – March 12. Class fee: $150 (or $135 if you email the instructor to pre-register). Instructor: Dr. Thomas Dillon Redshaw. Email: TDREDSHAW@stthomas.edu Location: McKiernan Library. Checks payable to: Celtic Junction Arts Center.

 Irish Literary Biography and Inter-generational Trauma. Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, and James Joyce – all great Irish authors; all with entangled family backgrounds. We will explore one author for part of each night and then reframe their experience through the lens of family constellations, a powerful tool that can help us understand hidden family dynamics. On the fifth night, class participants may try a constellation themselves. [Note: Students acquire the text: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats, and Joyce by Colm Toibin (New York: Scribners 2018).] Instructors: Patrick O'Donnell, Ph.D, Katherine Curran, Ph.D. and Mike McElwee, Ph.D. Class fee (excluding the cost of the book): $100 or $90 if you email the instructor to pre-register. Lead instructor: Katherine Curran email: kcurran@powerandleadership.com 5 sessions. Mondays 6:30-8 p.m. Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, and March 4. Cash or checks payable to: Celtic Junction Arts Center.

 Celtic Heroes and Living Mythically. In the company of the extraordinary writing of Joseph Campbell, we take a six-week journey with mythic heroes to understand life’s adventure and our life journey today. Beginning with universal mythic archetypes (persons) and the hero’s quest from around the world, we will pay particular attention to Celtic tales. 6 sessions, Saturdays, February 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. 2:00 to 3:30 pm, Class fee is $ 120 or $ 108 with email preregistration to Instructor: Frederic Stenborg. His email is: fredericstenborg@gmail.com, Required class text: Joseph Campbell The Hero with a Thousand Faces. [First published 1949; any edition].