Early first-hand exposure to the arts can play an important part in child development, but such access is limited for many children at a time when art programs are cut from school curriculums because of lack of funding. Launched in 2008, the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program exposes students to the visual and performing arts, while also collaborating with teachers and administrators in local school districts to develop an enhanced arts education curriculum. Through school assemblies, bus-in programs, classroom visits and family performances, students can enjoy performances that meet or exceed the state of California’s Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards.
Professional Development for Educators
The Santa Clarita Valley K-12 Arts Education Consortium, a partnership that developed as a result of the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program, launched its professional development program for K-12 educators in 2010. Educators who participate in the program are provided tools and techniques to integrate the arts into their classrooms. They will also address curriculum requirements and develop concrete and measurable ways to enhance arts education for students. The Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education Program is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation develop and/or expand educational partnerships with local school systems in order to establish arts-based professional development programs for teachers. The program is based on the belief that educating teachers is an essential component of any effort to increase the artistic literacy of young people. With continued resources provided by the school districts, as well as the Kennedy Center, participating teachers will discover the benefits of integrating arts with other curriculum by creating activities that build upon already-established arts education standards -- the California Visual Arts and Performing Arts Content Standards, or VAPA. Kennedy Center-trained teaching artists lead workshops in the various arts genres so that each teacher achieves the proposed outcomes. The outcomes include gaining a deeper understanding of the beauty, depth and range of the arts, the value of the arts in aesthetic terms, and proven value associated with a well-rounded education. For more information, click the "educators" button above.
Benefits of Arts in Education
The National School Boards Association and Americans for the Arts say that young people who consistently participate in comprehensive, sequential, and rigorous arts programs are:
The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center’s K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program in partnership with the Division of Fine and Performing Arts announces the return of ARTstART! This re-imagined festival of the visual and performing arts will take place on the College of the Canyons campus throughout the 2014-15 school year. Becoming an ARTstART Patron is easy! You must be 5-18 years old and possess a valid school identification card with picture. Present your school ID at the Art Gallery or Performing Arts Center Box Office prior to attending one of the events listed below to receive your complimentary ticket voucher to that evening’s performance. We hope to see you at one of these performances and at all our Art Gallery openings!
Need More Information?
To discuss special workshops or residency programs, build a custom package of activities, obtain more information about our Arts Education Outreach opportunities, make reservations or schedule school assemblies, please contact the PAC K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program at (661) 362-3061 or via email.
The 2014-2015 PAC K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program promises to be another exceptional year. We have added more workshop choices taught by our sought-after teaching artists. New and engaging assembly programs have also been added to the roster, taught by both familiar and new artists. All of our programming meets or exceeds California’s Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards, and many are supplemented by teacher guides that have been provided by our artists -- whether for in-school assemblies and workshops or for the popular bus-in performances held on the PAC’s main stage.
One of the new programs that premiered in 2013-14 is our After School Enrichment program. We are hoping to bring this high-quality program to a larger number of participants during the 2014-2015 school year, and would love to discuss tailoring our programs to fit your school’s specific needs. The PAC K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program is an approved vendor with the Saugus Union School District.
We are pleased to continue to be able to offer these high-quality arts education programs to our community’s youth and thank the many patrons, funders and supporters who make our programs possible. A special thanks goes to COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook; Vice President/ Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Dr. Jerry Buckley, and the PAC Arts Education Advisory Committee.
To quote a sixth-grade student at one of our schools, “I think this program is amazing and think it should be continued.” We invite your school to continue with us, or if you have not yet taken advantage of our offerings, to join us for the 2014-15 academic year.
To discuss program options, please contact Linda Candib in the PAC K-12 Arts Ed office. She can be reached at (661) 362-3061 or via email.
May your 2014-2015 be filled with the arts!
Evy Warshawski, Chair
Dee Dee Jacobson
Doris Marie Zimmer
Made Possible with Generous Support from:
Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons