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.
Two Arts in Education programs were scheduled for the 2019-2020 season. The first workshop was held in October, when Atlanta Rhythm Section met with students from around Central Wisconsin to discuss live performance and the history of Atlanta Rhythm Section. Unfortunately, the second workshop was scheduled in April with David Victor Presents: The Music of Boston & Styx, and it was cancelled due to the pandemic. That will be rescheduled along with the performance in our 2021-2022 season.
Also impacted by COVID-19 was the annual “Realize Your Dream” outreach in conjunction with Kids From Wisconsin. Sadly, their season was also cancelled. In the past, more than 60 students ages 7-14 participated annually, some from the local Boys and Girls Club, some from dance studios in the area, and some individually.
The 2020-2021 season was scheduled to include two outreach opportunities besides the Realize Your Dream workshop next summer; however, the first performance was postponed to Fall of 2021. The outreach associated with it will also be postponed. Artrageous is the artist, and we are anxious to get them back on our calendar, as we feel students will love seeing how the visual arts and performing arts collaborate on stage.
B2wins: Beyond Music is currently scheduled to perform on February 11, 2021, following a full-day outreach, if the stars align. This workshop will be offered to surrounding area schools, and The Arts Council will provide transportation and lunch for anyone attending, as well as a free ticket to the performance in the evening. These twins from Brazil not only share musical knowledge with students, but also will tell their story of how they overcame poverty in Brazil through music. They provide motivation and inspiration as they interact with the students.
Another learning opportunity that The Arts Council provides is for Lincoln High School students who comprise the technical staff for the Performing Arts Center. These students get to meet a variety of professional artists and artist management personnel 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…
Farewell Angelina – October 19, 2018
Presidio Brass – November 2018
Sammy Miller and The Congregation – January 2019
Kids From Wisconsin – July 2019
Atlanta Rhythm Section – October 2019