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 2017-2018 season included two opportunities in which students from area school districts participated. Students had the opportunity to talk with the artists and learn from the experience of these touring performers.
The first workshop was held in conjunction with Broadway’s Next H!t Musical in January. Nearly 40 participants learned about improvisation. It was split between musical and non-musical improvisation. The rapport shared between the performers and the students was amazing, and it carried over into the evening’s performance, as many of the students attended the show to observe what they had learned.
In March, Larry Gatlin held a songwriting workshop with about 15 students and a handful of adults. His one-on-one interaction with each attendee was priceless, and everyone came away with an appreciation for the creative process.
KIDS From Wisconsin held a free “Realize Your Dream” outreach on July 16 at the PAC with workshops on dance, lighting, sound, and music composition. More than 45 students ages 7-14 participated, some from the local Boys and Girls Club, some from dance studios in the area, and some individually.
The 2018-2019 season includes three outreach opportunities:
- On October 19, 2018, Farewell Angelina will conduct a workshop titled “How to Turn Your Raw Talent into Artistry.”
- Presidio Brass will cover chamber ensemble skills and brass playing “FUN”damentals in their seminar on November 16, 2018.
- “The Life and Times of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith” is the topic of the January 25, 2019, workshop put on by Sammy Miller and The Congregation.
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 work.
Band and choir members from Lincoln High School will also have the chance to share their talents with anyone attending the “Upscale Church Supper” being served on February 21 in the cafeteria prior to the Church Basement Ladies/Rise Up O Men performance.
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…
Broadway’s Next H!t Musical – January 2018
Larry Gatlin – March 2018
Kids From Wisconsin – July 2018