Students at St. Rose of Lima Catholic School in Denison had their imaginations set on fire on Monday by singer, songwriter, artist and author Chad Elliot.

The experience was reciprocal, said Elliot, who is from Coon Rapids.

“I enjoy the energy, the creative energy of youth and am inspired so much by it,” he said after completing a session with second- and third-graders.

Elliot’s visit to St. Rose was made possible by a School Arts Experience Grant from the Iowa Arts Council.

It was the school’s art teacher, Cindy Stoppel, who selected Elliot to provide that art experience.

After working with students in kindergarten through fifth grade in three separate sessions, Elliot performed a concert in the parish hall.

Elliott’s work will return to the school in the future. He collaborated with fourth- and fifth-graders during a character/story painting session to start a work of art which he will finish at home and then return to St. Rose.

Elliot performs more than 200 shows each year and has written more than 1,500 songs.

Elliot’s 22nd album, “Rest Heavy: The Sun Studio Sessions,” released in 2018, was recorded with his band, The Redemptions, at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Just this month Elliot released his 23rd album, “King Pelican,” which was recorded live with his band. The eight songs in the album were recorded for The Sun Studio Sessions documentary series that has been featured on the Public Broadcasting System.

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