Arts in Action

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...


Superintendent: "The incredible success of your work with the students is evident"

Dear Friends, I am delighted to share with you an email I just received from the Marin County Superintendent of Schools. She just received our recent anthology of student poetry from Marin Juvenile Hall, and was so moved that she wrote to both me and Freddy Gutierrez, the...


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...


Students excited about their Capoeria Class!

5th Grade Students from Redding Elementary School got to experience Sale's amazing Capoeira dance class. They wrote letters of appreciation accompanied with beautiful illustrations. Here is one example!  


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. 


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...


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...


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...


Behind the Teaching: Shea Rahimi

When Shireen Rahimi, AKA Shea Boogie, first heard about Performing Arts Workshop, she thought we sounded too good to be true. But we feel like the lucky ones. The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into her classrooms is how much she’s loved by her students. It’s easy...


The 2011 Annual Report: Reigniting Creativity in the Classroom

It has arrived: the 2011 Annual Report.   But you won't receive a copy in the mail. This year, we built a website. When you surf the site, you'll come across: an infographic. What better way to show the 3 W's (why, what, and will) for creativity in education? a long scroll...