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Youth Education & Outreach
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ education and outreach programs touch the lives of children of all ages from every part of metro Phoenix. Each year, more than 200 arts-education activities involving 35,000 young people from 100 schools and community organizations are presented by Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Education and outreach programs focus on interactive exchanges between children and artists designed to inspire creativity, foster communication and tolerance, promote cultural exchange, create a positive image of self and community and enrich the overall educational experience.
The fundamental mission of this long-standing flagship program of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is to spread tolerance, multi-cultural understanding and friendship among Valley youth. In the Cultural Connections Residency Program, middle and high school classrooms receive real-world knowledge through unique arts experiences from local and traveling professional artists. Residencies are inspired by selected performances and events at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
In the Cultural Connections High School Dance Program, participating students work with professional touring dance companies to enhance their dance educations and career paths. Each year, approximately 40 dance students are selected for the year-long program, which requires participation in three areas: diversity education classes, master classes taught by professional dancers and attendance at professional dance performances. Both the dance and residency programs serve to empower students with skills for problem solving, conflict resolution and healthy self-esteem.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ education department works closely with staff at Scottsdale’s Paiute Neighborhood Center to provide artistic experiences for youth and seniors and to enhance summer and after-school programs. Professional artists help develop participants’ confidence and creativity through theater games, movement exercises, creative writing workshops, music and visual arts classes, and more. Students from Tonalea, Tavan and ANLC elementary schools, as well as Ingleside Middle School and Arcadia High School have participated in this free community program.
Affiliated with the National Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning, the nation’s premier provider of early-childhood education, Arizona Wolf Trap brings art into the lives of children in Head Start and other pre-school programs. Wolf Trap utilizes music, movement and creative drama as powerful teaching strategies to help children master a variety of skills such as language development, concentration, self-discipline, memory, verbalization and positive self-image.
The centerpiece of Arizona Wolf Trap is the classroom residency, comprised of 14 sessions in which professional Wolf Trap-approved performing artists and early-childhood educators collaborate to translate instructional goals into drama, music and movement experiences designed to meet classroom objectives.
Each year, Arizona Wolf Trap partners with 60+ pre-school classrooms creating opportunities for more than 1,500 children to experience the energy and excitement of the arts delivered through classroom residencies and special field trips to Herberger Theater Center and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Regional Director: Frances E. Cohen
William L. and Ruth T. Pendleton Memorial Fund
Kennedy Center Partners in Education is a nationally recognized partnership between arts centers and school districts designed to increase the literacy of young people through arts integration. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts partners with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s education department, Paradise Valley Unified School District and Higley School District to provide professional development opportunities for educators. Participatory workshops help teachers learn various techniques for integrating the arts into classroom curricula, documenting the program and provide strategies for implementing the Arizona Arts Standards in daily lessons. Through Professional Learning Communities (PLC), mentoring teachers expand the reach and impact of this program within the educational community.
Teachers in participating school districts may be eligible to attend. Call Tammy Hinds at (480) 874-4627 for more details.
There are several ways that you can help make these annual events and programs successful.
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These events and programs would not be possible without the incredible support of more than 150+ volunteers. Contact Maria Marshall at 480-874-4673 or email@example.com for information about how you can get involved or sign up today on our Volunteer Opportunities page.
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