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Author Archives: Libby Rooney

Youth theater excels in building skills and confidence

Learning music and theater in school correlates strongly with higher achievement in both math and reading, and brain research has shown that not only does music improve skills in math and reading, it also promotes creativity, social development, personality adjustment, and self-worth. The Cobre Valley Center for the Arts is helping to fill that need. The youth theater program in Globe has touched hundreds of kids for nearly 20 years and is creating new avenues to reach more even children. Paul Tunis, director of the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts (CVCA), remembers his introduction to the performing arts in the first grade. That year, Globe High School put on a production of The Hobbit for the students at Copper Rim Elementary School. Read More »

Finding a vision: Johnnyd and his journey to becoming Globe’s go-to stylist for men.

At times, the place where one begins is far from where one started, and sometimes it’s in the same place but in a totally different arena. JohnDaniel Flores, or Johnyd for short, followed a rather circuitous route to get where he is today, and he is still not sure where he will end up. Johnyd was born and raised in Globe, went to Miami High, played football and tennis with the Vandals and worked in the mines straight out of high school. Three years ago, he opened the Dominion Cutting Company for high-end hairdressing on the upper floor of the Historic Valley National Bank building at the corner of Mesquite and Broad in Globe. Read More »

Headstones And History: The Find A Grave Project

“Be careful when you step on a grave. With all this rain the ground is soft. You may sink a little bit,” says Joe, “and that’s scary.” Wearing long pants, sturdy shoes and broad rimmed hats, Joe Skamel, a local volunteer for Find A Grave and I begin our field day at the Globe Cemetery which dates back to 1876. Many of the graves here are unmarked and the writing on many headstones is difficult-to-impossible to read. Weeds and high grass make it even more difficult to find what we are looking for.  Our task, on this hot August morning is to photograph as many headstones from our list of graves as we can find. Read More »

Miami Arts Commission invites artists to help with a Zine.

MIAMI- The Miami Arts Commission is putting together a zine -a limited edition, artsy, low cost, low tech, smallish publication – for this year’s Miami Loco Art Festival. Calling on local poets, illustrators, photographers, cartoonists, zentanglers and Haikuists, to participate in this project and see your work in print. The theme of this year’s zine is “Bridges, Stairways and Back Alleys,” tying in with Miami’s vintage picturesque setting. We welcome submissions for consideration from local artists (Globe, Miami, Claypool, San Carlos) relating to bridges, stairways, back alleys, prostitution, small towns, mining, miners, and Miami. All submissions will be considered, but submission does not guarantee publication. Deadline for submissions; February 28th. Questions and submissions can be sent to Libby Rooney: libby12390@hotmail.com. Read More »

Black Teachers Triumph in the Classroom: A Lesson in Integration & Integrity

In 1946, when Daisy Moore and Marietta Bryant were hired to teach African-American children in Globe and Miami, they didn’t know that they would be fired just a few years later after Arizona retracted the law requiring children from “African ancestry” to be segregated from “White” children in kindergarten through eight grade. They also didn’t know their struggle to continue teaching in integrated schools would lead to their induction into the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame more than sixty years later. Unfortunately, as with so many important historic promoters of change, recognition of their contribution came only after their death. Segregation of “Blacks” from “Whites” had been a law in Arizona since 1909. Globe-Miami School District had two small African American schools: Dunbar School in Globe, named after the renowned African American poet, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and Thomas Jefferson School in Miami. In 1951 a statute was passed in the Arizona Legislature allowing desegregation of African Americans from “White” Americans giving Globe-Miami school districts an opportunity to close both schools, and save the school districts money by downsizing. There were not many African-American students in the area so integrating them into the general public schools of the community was not ... Read More »