Anne

A Love Letter to the Workshop

Dear Performing Arts Workshop, I’m been meaning to tell you this for some time now, but let me just come right out and say it. I love you. You introduced me to the San Francisco Bay Area, made me cry with joy on a regular basis, and produced a pride in my own self-development...


Streets of San Francisco - Bernal Heights

The Workshop’s offices look west to the “Lion King” vista of Bernal Heights, one of many "micro" neighborhoods of San Francisco. The "Lion King" Vista of Bernal Heights Only developed after the 1906 earthquake, Bernal has been and remains home to a wide collection of...


Marin Anthology Release Celebration

On Wednesday, July 11th, Karena Salmond, the Workshop’s Program Director, and myself visited Marin Juvenile Hall in Marin County. We were there to pass out copies of the 2012 Anthology of student work. Teaching Artist Freddy Gutierrez collected work from Marin County students...


The Obama Arts Policy Platform: Part 3 – Publicly Champion the Importance of Arts Education

What this boils down to is arts education advocacy, also a new initiative at Performing Arts Workshop. For decades we have touted the importance of arts education in the classroom, but the impact seemed limited to our region. Recently we chose to broaden the focus of our work...


The Obama Arts Policy Platform: Part 2 - Create An Artist Corps

This idea could be a great way to engage young artists in valuable paid work, something Performing Arts Workshop knows from experience is hard to find as a teaching artist. Most work part-time for a number of different organizations in order to pay their rent, eat, and pursue...


The Obama Arts Policy Platform: Part 1 - Public/Private Partnerships

“Part of what arts education does is that it teaches people to see each other through each others’ eyes. It teaches us to respect and understand people who are not like us and that makes us better citizens and it makes our democracy work better. That’s something that I...