Patricia Bulitt

Interdisciplinary Artist 
Teaching Artist
Workshops, Performances, Mixed Media
How My Grandmother Found A Story In A Plate ( 45 minutes)
My grandmother, Betty Bulitt was a wonderful storyteller. 
My grandmother ( Nana, we called her) created this story as my oatmeal cooled at the kitchen table in New Jersey.  

Nana Bulitt turned to the plate that hung on her kitchen wall and did something that day she had never done before!  She made the plate come alive with a story about Anna May and her red bicycle.  There is not little girl on the plate nor a red bicycle.  But there is a tree, a farmer, a house and a horse in the field, which all were  folded into the story.

IN the storytelling performance: 
AT the onset of the performance, children are engaged with a rhythmic activity with rhythmic sticks and all the audience sings with Patricia. 

Wearing an original wearable art costume, embellished with a 1911 photograph of Nana, ribbons and live roses, this story envelopes the young and old into the world of the imagination.  Courage of Anna May and her bicycle is brought to life in this tale of How My Grandmother Found A Story in A Plate!
Optional Workshop: Make A Story Plate!
Children and families make your own story plate with the theme of 
"Once Upon A Time In My Family" as all learn how their everyday experiences make a story.  Drawing parts of their story, the rest is with the teller and the plate illustrates their tales.  

Appropriate for classroom workshops of 30 minutes each.  
Children tell their plate story with partners or alone in front of the class.

Make an exhibition of Story Plates and Photographs of Children!
Alaskan Adventure: Slide Show and Performance
45-60 minute presentation suitable for stage, classroom, and library.

Pictured below: Patricia Bulitt, Mother of Mukluk Seal Mask Dance, 2010,
at Kotzebue Elementary School, Kotzebue Alaska.  Slide show in classroom picturing Elder, Neva Rivers in background from Hooper Bay, Alaska.

Lower left pictured:  Patricia Bulitt with Lilly Gump at the Camai Dance Festival, 2013, Bethel, Alaska. 

Lower Right:  Student at elementary school holding seal gut parka with Patricia in Bethel, Alaska, 2013.
Patricia Bulitt, the first non native dancer many Eskimo and Indian residents had ever seen toured throughout the state from 1977-2013, teaching and performing creative dance. 

The slide show communicates her exchange with Yupik Eskimo of Hooper Bay, a village on the coast of the Bering Sea where she became the Project Director for " Their Eyes Have Seen The Old Dances:" Exhibition and Community Programs
( 1981-2001).  A Parka For Memory:  Youth Listening To Elders, in the village community hall, and school, celebrating listening, sharing, organized by Patricia.

Doll makers, skin sewing, contemporary Eskimo Dance, and intercultural friendship communicate the life in the far north.  Artifacts such as whale bone sculpture, Eskimo doll, and a gut skin parka are shared in presentation.

Presented at The American Museum of Natural History in New York, Museum of Man, Ottawa, Canada, Nara Women's University, Nara, Japan, Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto, Japan, and many schools, libraries and art centers.
All dances are stationary, storytelling dance and include:

Mother Of Mukluk Seal Mask Dance a non traditional storytelling dance by Patricia Bulitt and a traditional dance learned from elder in Hooper Bay. 

Optional Workshop:  Make Yupik Eskimo Dance Fans and learn a hunting dance.
Children may learn the Hunting Dance

Present The Cloud Maiden Storytelling Dance by Patricia
Workshop:  Children remember a tree in their lives to draw. 
Writing about the tree on their drawings, children dance their drawings.
Working with partners, children dance and speak their prose on their drawings. 
 Originally commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for a tree on the grounds in Los Angeles. 
Presented in Berkeley's Watershed Festival and in elementary schools in Berkeley, California.
Cloud Maiden Workshop at 1000 Oaks School, Berkeley, California
From:  Creeks Speak Project, 1000 Oaks School, Berkeley, California

Artist in Resident, Patricia Bulitt, leads children in procession towards the creek on the grounds of the school.
Each child made a banner with images and words proclaiming their relationship with landscape and with water.

The procession led into a creative dance movement piece, song, and creative expression.

Throughout the City of Berkeley, many creeks have been restored.  Contact Urban Creeks Council!
The Apology Project
Students in middle school or high school are introduced to this project with the poem:  A Paper Dress of Apology For A Young Iraqi Girl, composed by Patricia Bulitt. Bringing the paper dress, students are shown the collaged dress.

Students discuss responses to "What is an apology" and if you could compose a letter of apology who would you write it to?  Is it to a person?  To an animal?  If  you could compose a letter of Apology to a tree what would you say?  ... Students share their Letters of Apology. as is pictured here in Oakland, CA.