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) 362-3061 or via email.
The K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program is made possible with the generous support of:
Special Thanks to Our 2012-13 Opening Night Sponsors:
Jeri Serrati Goldman, Dick & Marian Sandnes, Erica Betz Cloyd, Jack & Doreen Shine, and Jasmine Foster
The K-12 Arts Education Outreach program relies on the generosity of people like you!
It is with great pleasure that I join the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center and its K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program. I am so proud to be a part of this innovative, nationally-recognized initiative and marvel at the quality artist workshops and assemblies offered to the students of the Santa Clarita Valley.
Thanks to the ever-growing support of and full partnership with all five school districts, we reached more than 20,000 students during the 2012-2013 academic year. Schools throughout the valley engaged teaching artists -- from the worlds of theatre, dance, music and the visual arts -- working with students in every grade level of their K-12 education.
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.
We are pleased to offer the children of our community the highest level of arts education and thank the many patrons, funders and College of the Canyons’ supporters who make our programs possible. A special thanks goes to COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook; Interim Vice President, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Joseph Gerda; and the PAC Arts Education Advisory Committee. The stories, the smiles and "ah-ha" learning moments are priceless, and your valued support of arts education keeps our programs vital.
We’ve planned an exciting roster for the 2013-14 academic year and invite your school to participate. To discuss PACkaging program options, please contact Linda Candib in the PAC K-12 Arts Ed office. She can be reached at (661) 362-3061 or email@example.com.
Here’s to an art-filled 2013-2014!
Evy Warshawski, Chair
Erica Betz Cloyd
Jeri Seratti Goldman
Dee Dee Jacobson
Lori Marie Rios
Doris Marie Zimmer