Arts in Education is integral to the mission of the Arts Council. Each year, the Arts Council works to foster programs which allow professional artists to enrich the lives of area students through performances, workshops, and master classes. These programs provide opportunities for students to develop their own creativity through personal contact with professional performers.
The Arts in Education program for the 2018-2019 season included three opportunities in which students from area school districts participated. Students had the opportunity to perform and talk with the artists and learn from the experience of these touring performers.
The first workshop was held in October. The Farewell Angelina ladies presented “How to Turn Your Raw talent into Artistry,” and spent nearly two hours with students, talking about many topics, fielding questions, and performing with band students and choir members.
In November, Presidio Brass met with students, discussing chamber ensemble skills and brass-playing “FUN”damentals. Anyone who brought their instruments played along with these professionals.
Sammy Miller and The Congregation taught students about the history of jazz music and the life and times of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith during the January outreach. Band students performed along with them.
KIDS From Wisconsin held a free “Realize Your Dream” outreach on July 15 at the PAC with workshops on band, dance, lighting, sound, and music composition. More than 60 students ages 7-14 participated, some from the local Boys and Girls Club, some from dance studios in the area, and some individually.
The 2019-2020 season includes two outreach opportunities besides the Realize Your Dream workshop:
- On October 18, 2019, Atlanta Rhythm Section band leader, Rodney Justo, along with another band member, will talk about live performance with the students and cover the history of Atlanta Rhythm Section, including stores that go back to Roy Orbison and the Classics Four.
- The last performance of our season is on April 3, 2020. David Victor, formerly of the band Boston and now lead vocalist/guitarist for this group, will present an outreach about creating, producing, marketing, and selling your own act.
There is another opportunity where local students experience arts in education throughout the season. Lincoln High School students comprise the technical staff for the Performing Arts Center. They get to meet a variety of professional artists and artist management while they learn the ropes of the industry.
The Arts Council is grateful to be able to offer these opportunities through the generous support of its sponsors and members.
Take a look at some of the outreach opportunities from the past season…
Farewell Angelina – October 19, 2018
Presidio Brass – November 2018
Sammy Miller and The Congregation – January 2019
Kids From Wisconsin – July 2019