Peforming Arts Workshop

Time to Say Goodbye

The Workshop recently had a long time friend and employee retire from our ranks. You can read about Cathy Worner and her contribution to the organization over her 26 years of service with us here. Listen to our final movements here Time To Say Goodbye. What song will you play at...


Student Poetry: My family is...

My family is By H.C. My family is affectionate like the moon in the sky. My family is friendly like a poem floating in the sky. My family is hard-working like the sun in the sky shining. My family is grand like the world turning like a circle. 


Best of Love

Ah, love. That thing that makes us do crazy things and feel kind of strange. It’s one of the strongest feelings we will experience in life. Many of the youth are teaching artists work with struggle when dealing with strong feelings. Often they don’t even know what it is they...


Summer Jams

This is a simple one. School is out and its summertime! At the Workshop, we hold our artist appreciation party and start to work on summer programming. Many of our sites will continue to serve youth in the coming months, and we're there to help bring them the education they need...


Yo! A winning spoken word piece at Young At Art

Big thumbs up to Mariel from San Francisco Community School! She came in 2nd place in the middle school category in the Young At Art Literary Arts Competition (hosted by the Fine Arts Museum and the San Francisco Unified School District). We're so proud of Mariel! She has...


8 Things About Teaching Artist Aisha Fukushima

Get to know the amazing Aisha Fukushima...  1) WHEREABOUTS: Born in Seattle, living in San Francisco; Global Citizen with a passport to imagiNATION 2) EXPERIENCE: Aisha Fukushima is a singer, educator, writer and self-proclaimed 'RAPtivist' (rap activist) hailing from...


Art and the Trojan Horse

Why are the arts such a vital part of education? Well, for students at Loma Alta in Marin County, art helps them to express their feelings and think about the world in a way that eases their hearts. Here are two students description of art in their own words. These poems and...


8 Things About Jessica Mele, Executive Director

Our indefatigable Executive Director opens up...  1) WHEREABOUTS: San Francisco (Hayes Valley) 2) EXPERIENCE: Organizer for the Harvard Union of Clerical & Technical Workers (HUCTW), Project Coordinator at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Gov’t, and at least 3 program...


Music Monday: Give Peace a Chance

When you think about peace, what comes to mind? Is it its opposite, war? Or is it something that brings you peace like love? Peace is such an abstract thought it’s something difficult to conceive of it. We know what it might look like in our daily lives, but what does it look...


The Heart of the City – Young at Art 2012

 San Francisco has a long love affair with the arts. And as a city it makes arts education paramount to the students in the school district. For the past 26 years, the diversity of talent in all art forms has been celebrated at Young At Art, which this year was hosted by the...


Today, most public schools believe they can't afford arts education. Today, lawmakers, education officials, and the general public are debating the role of arts in our schools. We need to do better—today. The arts build critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and engage...

Music Monday: Change the World

I still remember when I got the Michael Jackson HIStory album (boy did I think I was cool). I also remember thinking “Heal the World” was a cheesy song that didn’t feel right coming at the end of all the hits on disc 1. But as I listened to the album over and over, the...