Expanding Students' Exposure to the Arts
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:
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) 362-3041 or PACArtsEd@canyons.edu
The K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program is made possible with the generous support of:
The K-12 Arts Education Outreach program relies on the generosity of people like you!
Success! With Your Help.
From Lula Washington Dance Theatre to Rock the Rhythm, Beat the Odds, K-12 Arts Education Outreach program at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons (COC) has again shattered expectations! With continued support from and partnerships with all five school districts and their complementary parent organizations, we last year reached out to more than 22,000 students with our exciting school assemblies, PAC bus-ins, and countless classroom visits. We hosted numerous multi-week residencies that spanned the arts -- from theatre and dance to music and art to film. With the success of our Arts Education Outreach PACkages that are specifically tailored to meet the arts needs, I encourage everyone to give us a call so we can customize a PACkage for their school.
College of the Canyons continues to demonstrate leadership in arts education and is at the forefront of creating meaningful and innovative partnerships with all members of the community. Along with the outreach program, the second Professional Development Cohort is “graduating,” and the first Professional Development Summer Institute launches June 2012. A special thanks goes to Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook; Interim Vice President, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Joseph Gerda; the PAC Arts Education Advisory Committee, and its chair, Rita Garasi; as well as all five K-12 Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents (Nancy Copley, Vicki Enbrecht, Kathy Harris, Chris Hamlin and Janene Maxon). We also thank the PAC team, parent/teacher groups, principals and, of course, the teachers and students of the Santa Clarita Valley whose passionate and vital participation continues to make our program so successful.
We are so encouraged by the level of support matched with the great need in our Valley! Arts in Education helps to create whole students enabling them to reach their full potential.
A Year in a Minute!
Rita Garasi, Chair
Jeri Seratti Goldman
Dee Dee Jacobson
Lori Marie Rios
Doris Marie Zimmer