Arts in Action

2012 Board and Staff Retreat [PHOTOS]

Last weekend--yes, the weekend--our board and staff gathered for our annual retreat. After an evening of spirited frivolity at Paragon (across the street, Roger Waters was performing at AT&T Park!), we went straight to work on our 2011-14 Strategic Plan. Here are a few...


Where is your heart?

Performing Arts Workshop has long partnered with Marin County working with young people in Juvenile hall and Phoenix Academy, Marin County’s drug treatment program. Funded by the Marin Community Foundation, the Workshop has published a number of poetry anthologies with work by...


Dance is Essential: Musings about Why Physical Expression is Vital.

“Babies dance before they can speak.” “I find it an escape.” “I have No anxiety when dancing.” These are a few of the essential reasons that our Teaching Artists, regardless of art form that they teach, find creative expression through dance, vital. In honor of...


Artist vs. Athlete – Why Education Should Unite vs. Divide

When my sister was a junior in high school, her basketball coach told her she would never play varsity unless she stopped doing drama. She quit the next day. Now she works for Second City on a Cruise ship making mad cash and living her life to the fullest. Why does this story...


For your quiet reflection - haikus by the Workshop

In honor of National Poetry month, the Workshop offers up these haiku based poems. Stepping Stones There is only one kind of movement choice that's made, until the artist. Students stretching arms, laughter bursts in the classroom- how art makes us grow. A crisp striking hand....


Workshop Moments in History

According to the federal government, the Workshop was born in 1965. That makes us--gasp!--47 years old. Below are two clippings from the Workshop's beginnings as a "mom and pop" arts education shop. What is most intriguing about these clippings is the historical context in which...


Poetry, Creativity and Critical Thinking: National Poetry Month at Performing Arts Workshop

Here at Performing Arts Workshop, our creative writing/spoken word artists celebrate National Poetry Month in action. Whether students generate visual art to accompany their written work or demonstrate their spoken word skills in slams, Performing Arts Workshop is alive with the...


Why volunteer on a non-profit board?

Why do you volunteer on a non-profit board of directors?  Belief in a core value of sharing the good things with others.  A core value we learned in kindergarten was to share the good things you have with others. In kindergarten that meant sharing your most favorite crayons...


Music Monday: Middle School Madness

Make your day! Pump it up to the "Middle School Madness" playlist on Spotify. There’s something about the teenaged years that really make us unsure of ourselves. It’s a time of reflection and revision about where we’re coming from and where we’re going. Teaching artists...


The President whose life's achievements began and ended with the arts

Which former U.S. president would defends arts in schools today?  I paused for a moment this Presidents’ Day holiday to muse upon whether one of the eponymous presidents deserved to be honored as a patron of the arts.  Who could step forth from history to embrace the...


What’s the first song or album you ever played on repeat?

Music can grab a hold of us in a particular way. We’ve all done it, lain on the floor with headphones or blasted it over the stereo in the living room that is now a dance floor. For some, it becomes a karaoke anthem. You know what I’m talking about, that first song or album...


This poem is going to blow up in your hands

This poem is from The School is a Giant T-Rex, an anthology of colorful, curious, and bold poetry from 2nd and 3rd grade students attending San Francisco public schools.     Watch Out! by Kenny, Age 9 Right now this poem is going to blow up in your hands Right now people...