Advocacy

Vote Yes on Prop C in November!

By Jessica Mele, Executive Director On Monday, September 15, Performing Arts Workshop’s Board of Directors voted to endorse a proposition for only the second time in our nearly 50-year history. The proposition in question is Proposition C, and for those of you who care deeply...


Advocating at the State Capitol

By Jessica Mele, Executive Director It’s hard to muster enthusiasm on a crisp early Tuesday morning. But, standing on the train platform with Performing Arts Workshop staff, we buzzed with chills of anticipation (and maybe a little from the cold). We were turning our eyes...


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...


Partners in Arts Education Grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 14, 2013 Contact: Heather Ikemire  (212) 268-3337 ext. 10 heatherikemire@nationalguild.org...


Obmamacare Explained: A Guide for Californians

The Workshop is one of the leading Teaching Artist Hiring Organizations examining health benefits for teaching artists, both internally with our own artists and as a member of Teaching Artists Guild. This project will rely heavily on what is to come as a result of the Affordable...


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,...


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,...


Money Can't Buy My Vote

I have spent the last 4 days sequestered at my parents' house in Massachusetts due to Hurricane Sandy. We were fortunate enough to emerge unscathed - we even kept our power throughout the storm. Unfortunately, this meant that we were inundated with campaign ads and phone calls....


Decision Guide: Prop 38 & 30

As a follow-up to our post last week about Propositions 38 and 30, we recommend the Silicon Valley Education Foundation's Guide prepared by Mary Perry. It is a great side-by-side comparison of the similarities and differences between these two initiatives, with in-depth analysis...


Fund California's Education: Prop 38 & 30

Hello California Voters! Getting ready to vote on November 6th? Wondering why there are two different education propositions on the ballot? The Board of Performing Arts Workshop has officially endorsed Prop 38 and Prop 30. They both set out to generate revenue for our sorely...


SF Arts Town Hall - Monday, August 20th

San Francisco’s arts and culture sector supports four times more jobs and brings in three times more city revenue than cities of comparable size. Arts and culture-inspired tourism generates about $1.7 billion in local visitor spending. The arts and culture sector...


Rage to Survive: A reflection on music education during African American Music History Month

Once upon a time in the United States, music education was not the privilege of the few that could provide their children with private lessons to enrich their talents. It may be hard to believe but that golden era can still be heard on the radio or discovered on Spotify. The...