Once upon 20 years ago I was a sophmore in high school and a drum major for our high school band. As a drum major, I was charged with leading and educating my fellow 150+ plus students during football games, basketball games, parades, and all the rehearsals that led up to those performances. 150 PEOPLE! At age 15. I don't know that I'll ever be a leader for 150 people again. But I do know that the leadership, critical thinking, self-confidence and self expression skills I learned during those years have made me more equipped to be a leader at 36 than possibly any other experience in life. This is how transformative the arts can be for one youth.
But not every youth is afforded the same opportunity for an arts-centric public education that many of us had access to, especially in this day and age, and especially in inner-city schools where funding for the arts continues to be cut from budgets. So that's where Performing Arts Workshop comes in--to make sure art is available to all youth, regardless of race or income.
Our Student Showcase is an opportunity for the youth we work with to have that unique and unforgettable experience of performing on a large stage in front of their family, friends, teachers, community, and peers. Our methodology in the classroom teaches students how to create within an art form, not just how to do choreography or perform a prewritten monologue or play a piece composed by someone else. They are the composers! And the showcase gives them the chance to not just present their own work, but to show off their leadership, critical thinking, and self expression skills that they developed through the creative process in the classroom. It's their drum major moment.
So whether you live near or far, please support this showcase and the next generation of leaders born out of the arts. With them. With me. With us.
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To mark the Workshop’s more than 50-year history, our Fifth-Annual Student Showcase, Rhythms & Rhymes, will highlight our students' year-long focus on the process toward performance! This year, Bay Area students will perform world dance, theater, music, spoken word poems, and Capoeira, at the historic Brava Theater in San Francisco’s Mission district. To ensure this event is accessible for everyone, attendance is FREE. But our students can’t perform on the famous Brava stage without the generosity of supporters like you!
Any gift to our Crowdrise helps with the following needs:
- tech and lighting support during the event
- rehearsal space
- refreshments for the students at rehearsal
- theater stage rental
- instruments and costumes
- a pre-show reception for families, educators, and friends
- photography and videography
Because we’re an #ARTONAMISSION organization, and we’re here to stay!