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Music Monday: Wicked Guitar

Yeah, you know you've done it. Played along to your favorite rocking guitar solo, I mean. From air guitar competitions to a softball bat jam along to your team's walk up songs, guitars do and have been known to rock. We took it to our admin team to find out what solo riffs rock...


Music Monday: David Pilz recommends 1994

David Pilz, Workshop Board Member and Treasurer, shares his recommendations with us for 90s nostalgia and karaoke favorites. __________________ I was hanging out with some friends this weekend and someone asked what music they should put on the stereo, and one of my friends...


Yes in my backyard! Recognizing the need for arts education.

Laurie Loftus, the Workshop's Institutional Giving Manager, shares her motivation for our work. Laretia and Jerry lived across the street from me in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood. I knew them for a few years when they were about 10. They spent a lot of time in my house,...


Music Monday: Out Of Different Bags

One of the fascinating aspects of Spotify is the social sharing of music.


Music Mondays: Cyrus Wadia's (not so) Secret Obsession

Cyrus Wadia, the Workshop's Board Vice President, shares with us his love of music. I'm obsessed with music. All kinds. I'd estimate that music is in the background or foreground of my life 50% of the time. Part of my obsession results in making playlists of all my favorites -...


Dear Doc - A letter of love

Laurie Loftus, the Workshop's Institutional Giving Manager, shares a letter to her first arts influencer. Dear Doc, Not only has it been a very long time since I had the pleasure of spending time in your art room at ES-M high school, it’s been even longer since I spent any and...


Music Mondays: Tracy's Tunes

Tracy Wu - The Workshop's Development Intern has put together a playlist of some of her favorite music to both play and enjoy. Check it out here Tracy's Tunes Dvorak New World Symphony (No. 9) Bach Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould recording) Mahler Fifth Symphony Bartok String...


STEM vs. STEAM – What’s changed since 2010?

In March of 2010, we linked to Joseph Piro’s article on Education Week about going from STEM to STEAM. This is still our most viewed blog post. Why? What is it about this idea that people find so compelling? Science Technology Engineering and Math – the STEM subjects,...


Music Monday: A Fresh Look

In light of our Board and Staff retreat this weekend, this playlist is a fresh outlook on 2013. What were we listening to while ringing in the New Year? What are we listening to right now? Find out here: A Fresh Look


[UPDATE #3] STUDENT SHOWCASE: CALL FOR KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Hello Workshop friends, Do you know a high-profile person with a strong connection to arts education? We’re searching for keynote speaker for our student showcase on May 16, 2013. If you have any suggestions, let us know in the comments! Best, Beverly    


The Future of Arts Education - Our Dreams for 2013 and Beyond

Our annual Board and Staff retreat is this weekend. We will be reviewing our strategic plan, looking at our current business model and discussing opportunities for change capital. In our almost 50 year history, the Workshop has constantly adapted to the changing demands of field,...


Music Monday: A Little Bit Of Soul From Our Backyard

The Bay Area is rich with culture. It should be no surprise that some of the biggest names and revolutionaries, past and present, in the fields of Jazz, Soul, R&B and Hip Hop come from the fertile artistic soil of Northern California. This Monday we feature a playlist that...