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Thanking Our Artists

By Zoë Bartlett, Administrative Assistant, and Laurie Loftus, Director of Institutional Giving When Gloria Unti started the Workshop in 1965, she did so with one goal in mind: to provide creative outlets to socially and economically disadvantaged youth who were otherwise shut out from opportunities to participate in arts programs. Because the course of her life was altered...

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Meet New Staff: Allison Thompson

By Zoë Bartlett, Administrative Assistant Allison Thompson, Director of Individual Giving We would like to welcome Allison Thompson, our new Director of Individual Giving! While she entered the scene in the hectic beginning stages of our 2016 Fall Campaign, Allison quickly invested in the mission of the Workshop. In this newsletter, Allison discusses how she came to the...

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Because You Moved Us: An Update on the Fall Campaign

By Christina Magaña, Development Associate Our Fall Campaign is ending in a week and we have much to report, a TON to be grateful for, and still more to ask. This year’s online fundraising goal of $30,000 is the largest online fundraising goal in Workshop history. We decided to set the bar higher than ever before for three big reasons: we received some tremendously generous...

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The Community Circle Heals What Hurts

By Matthew Clark Davison, Chief Artistic Strategist A few months ago, veteran Workshop Teaching Artist and Capoeira Mestre (master) Salê Ramos found out he needed knee surgery. It could not have been good news for him, considering he uses his body to teach Capoeira to hundreds of students each week, including fifty at E.R. Taylor Grade School in San Francisco’s Portola...

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What’s New

We are excited to announce that as part of Performing Arts Workshop’s new Artist Leadership Training Program, this fall we will begin piloting an internship program in partnership with the University of San Francisco’s Performing Arts and Social Justice Department. Students who share our commitment to social justice and are interested in pursuing a career in the arts or...

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Altar(ed)

The Workshop was founded on the core belief that an artistic education should be viewed as a basic human right and a vital part of developing a compassionate, fair and just society. We sometimes get asked how these social justice values show up in our classrooms. We offer this vivid example, from spoken word artist/teaching artist Natasha Huey on a class she taught in...

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Meet Program Manager Adam Levy!

As Performing Arts Workshop’s new Program Manager, Adam Levy manages our school and community site partnerships with the most supreme diligence, which makes sense considering his background. Adam’s a writer and translator, who, together with his wife, just launched a small press, Transit Books. We staff members are grateful for Adam’s commitment to the Workshop’s...

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Meet Program Coordinator Priscilla Lopez!

Priscilla Lopez is the Workshop’s new Program Coordinator, and she’s pretty fearless. She schedules our artistic residencies at school or community sites, manages our internal database, and regularly creates reports from our residency data. But what makes Priscilla even more amazing? She began this role just two weeks prior to our HUGE 50th Anniversary celebration, and she...

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THANK YOU FOR CELEBRATING 50 YEARS WITH US!

Thank you to everyone who supported our 50th Anniversary Celebration on November 12, 2015! Together we raised over $67,000 to advance the Workshop’s mission and support high quality arts education programming in schools and community centers. Check out the 50th celebration photo album here!  There’s a litany of people to thank. But first, we want to show you a picture of...

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