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San Francisco’s Performing Arts Workshop Names New Executive Director

San Francisco, CA, December 9, 2010— The Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Workshop has named Jessica Mele the organization’s new Executive Director. Mele, currently Deputy Director, will replace Tom DeCaigny, who has served in that role for the past eight years. “I...


Local Leaders & National Report Lauds Afterschool for All's Pioneering Efforts on National "Lights On Afterschool" Day

"As part of the nationwide "Lights On Afterschool" day, San Francisco's pioneering efforts to provide universal afterschool programs for elementary and middle school youth were recognized by local elected officials, parents, afterschool staff and youth at a press event on...


Arts & Achievement for All!

On Tuesday, October 19, 2010, the Partnership for Creative Learning presented "Arts & Achievement for All: A Public Forum for 2010 San Francisco Board of Education Candidates" at KQED Public Media. Previous to holding this forum, all candidates received an email invitation...


Performing Arts Workshop Sticker Contest!

The Workshop invites YOU to join us in the creative process! Design a slogan or catch phrase that embodies our mission to help young people develop critical thinking, creative expression and basic learning skills through the arts. The winner's name and slogan will appear on...


Artists in Schools - A good use of the people's money

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flfXYBDWQvM] Award winning actor Bill Irwin talks about public employment of artists, and his experience working in schools under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) in the 1970s. "I got up each day with an Arts agenda."...


Children are breaking records everywhere.

There’s a lot to say about the Obamas, but one thing you can count on is that Obama’s are breaking records everywhere.  First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 1st Dance Event in the White House East Room, and her daughters Sasha and Malia as well as Michelle’s mother Marian...


Carol Channing - "I'm so old I had the arts."

Let's keep the arts alive! Let's keep young hearts alive! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV1n03WZ80s&fs=1&hl=en_US]


Understanding the Cycle of Artistic Inquiry, with a Little Help from Project Runway

Later this month, Lifetime Television will air the eighth season of Project Runway.  Say what you will about reality television, but this show actually inspires me.  For those of you in the dark ages, the show charts a design competition in which fashion designers of various...


The Subtle Change Within

One of my jobs as the Artistic Director is to visit school sites to support teaching artists.  During a school year my observations take me to child development centers, elementary schools, middle schools and juvenile halls. My role is to understand what takes place during a 30...


Join the Partnership for Creative Learning!

Join the Partnership for Creative Learning to immediately advocate to stop the San Francisco Board of Education from raiding the California Department of Education Arts and Music Block Grant to make up for cuts to the District’s general fund. Please sign onto our Letter of...


Arts Education 50 Years Later

Picture a third grade classroom....maps on the walls…upper & lower case alphabet above the chalk board… desks lined up in 5 rows. The year is 1956. The teacher stands in the front of the classroom holding a picture of Grant Wood’s “Fall Plowing”. The children...


Youth Development through Art

Positive youth development occurs from an intentional process that promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, relationships and support to fully participate. Youth development takes place in families, peer groups, schools, neighborhoods and...