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Program Director Karena Salmond appears on KBCW's Bay Area Focus

San Francisco, California - March 30, 2014 - On Sunday, March 30, Program Director Karena Salmond was a guest on Bay Area Focus, a KBCW public affairs program hosted by Michelle Griego.

Watch the video on our Facebook page!.

Program Director Karena Salmond to Lead a Workshop at the 2014 SXSW Education Conference

San Francisco, California - February 7, 2014 - On March 3, 2014, Performing Arts Workshop's Program Director, Karena Salmond, will lead a workshop with her sister, Kimberlee Salmond (Senior Research Strategist at Girl Scouts Research Institute) at the 2014 South by Southwest Education Conference & Festival (SXSWedu). In their session, called The Power of "The How": Process-Based Instruction, the Salmond sisters will discuss the importance of process-based instruction in successful formal and informal learning environments. Kimberlee will present the impact of girl led, learning by doing, and cooperative learning on leadership outcomes. Karena will lead participants through the Workshop's Cycle of Artistic Inquiry and how it supports critical thinking through artistic discovery.

Learn more about the SXSWedu Conference & Festival here.

And, check out Performing Arts Workshop's Cycle of Artistic Inquiry!

Performing Arts Workshop Endorses Proposition 30: Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012

San Francisco, California- September 24, 2012- On September 17, 2012, the Board of Directors of Performing Arts Workshop unanimously voted to endorse Proposition 30. This piece of legislation is aligned with our mission of helping young people develop critical thinking, creative expression, and basic learning skills through the arts.  Proposition 30 will help support struggling public K-12 schools in California.

Over the past three years, California’s public school budgets were cut by more than $20 billion.  More cuts are pending, should Prop 30 not pass on November 6.  These cuts would cripple a public education system that is already struggling to deliver high-quality equitable education that includes the arts.

The measure will raise an average of approximately $6 billion annually between 2012-2013 and 2016-2017, and 2018-2019 by phasing in increased income taxes on Californians making more than $250,000/year. It would also raise the state’s sales tax rate by one-quarter cent for four years.

Revenues raised by Proposition 30’s tax increase would be deposited into a newly created “Education Protection Account” within the state’s General Fund. This revenue is estimated to increase the General Fund to $2.9 billion, the minimum funding level for schools and community colleges constitutionally required by Prop 98. Eighty-nine percent of extra funding raised would go to public K-12 education, and the remaining 11 percent to community college districts.

These increases are essential to keeping a baseline of funding for California’s ailing public education system, and thus to the Workshop’s mission of helping young people develop critical thinking, creative expression, and basic learning skills through the arts.

Performing Arts Workshop is an arts education nonprofit dedicated to helping young people develop critical thinking, creative expression, and basic learning skills through the arts. Located in San Francisco, CA.


Jessica Mele
Executive Director
(415) 673.2634
1661 Tennessee St.
Unit 3-O
San Francisco, CA 94107

Performing Arts Workshop Endorses Proposition 38: Our Children, Our Future 2012- The Education Initiative

San Francisco, California- August 23, 2012- On July 16, 2012, the Board of Directors of Performing Arts Workshop unanimously voted to endorse Proposition 38. This piece of legislation is aligned with our mission of helping young people develop critical thinking, creative expression, and basic learning skills through the arts.  Proposition 38 believes in investing in our children’s educational future to ensure we have a properly educated and innovative workforce. Most importantly, Proposition 38 specifically identifies “instruction in the arts” as a pathway to achieving this goal.

Over the past three years, California’s public school budgets were cut by more than $20 billion.  Nationally, California ranks 47th in the amount allocated for educating each public school pupil. Such drastic cuts threaten the future of our schools and students. Proposition 38 works to prevent the dire outcomes that result from underfunding our public education system.  

The measure will raise $10 to $11 billion annually in new revenue through a sliding scale income tax increase that varies with taxpayers’ ability to pay. The money will then be placed in a separate trust fund that can only be spent as authorized by the provisions of the Act. The Governor and Legislature are prohibited from using the money. Funding will be allocated to schools on a per pupil basis. To address the achievement gap, schools will revive additional funds depending on the number of students who qualify for free lunch programs.

Proposition 38 provides new, dedicated funds that go directly to improving local public schools, which will restore the idea of a well-rounded education. This includes restoring programs in music, PE, science, technology, engineering, math, and art.

Proposition 38 requires schools boards to gather input from community members, parents, and teachers on financial decisions. This initiative also has many measures to ensure rigid accountability and transparency: it requires an independent third party audit and voters must re-approve the tax increase after 12 years.

Performing Arts Workshop is an arts education nonprofit dedicated to helping young people develop critical thinking, creative expression, and basic learning skills through the arts. Located in San Francisco, CA.


Jessica Mele
Executive Director
(415) 673.2634
1661 Tennessee St.
Unit 3-O
San Francisco, CA 94107

Debbie Molof, Workshop Board Member & Mission Education Center Principal, Speaks to the Necessity of the Arts on KALW's Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar

San Francisco, CA, July 12, 2012 KALW's Looking at Education's host Carol Kocivar visits Mission Education Center, a "newcomer" school for Spanish speaking students who have recently arrived in San Francisco. Looking at Education is a regular program that investigates current practices in education and their impacts on youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this program, Workshop Board Member, Debbie Molof, who is also the Principal at Mission Education Center, speaks to how the arts help Mission Education Students excel in their learning goals.

Check it out!

You can also read more about Mission Education Center in this article by the Bay Citizen.

Karena Salmond and Jessica Mele Speak to Authentic Assessment, Special Needs Education & the Workshop on KALW's Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar

San Francisco, CA, September 14, 2011 KALW's Looking at Education's host Carol Kocivar visits Performing Arts Workshop. Looking at Education is a regular program that investigates current practices in education and their impacts on youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this program, the Workshop's Executive Director, Jessica Mele and Program Director, Karena Slamond discuss the ARISE project and PACT 21. In both these rigorous studies, the Workshop looks at how the performing arts help students prepare for school work and life in the 21 century. The ARISE project found that students who participated in the performing arts became more confident, did better on Math tests and actually wanted to come to school! In PACT 21, the Workshop plans to look at specific areas in 21 Century Learning through authentic assessment developed with teaching artists and classroom teachers in partnership.

Check it out!

Arts in Education Week Celebration! September 11-17

San Francisco, CA, August 22, 2011 The Bay Area arts community will unite in an unprecentended collaboration to celebrate national arts in education week.

Bay Area arts organizations plan a rich array of FREE and low-cost events:

  • A panel discussion with such high-profile experts as SFUSD Deputy Superintendent Richard Carranza and Oakland School for the Arts Executive and Artistic Director Donn Harris

  • A performance by opera superstar Frederica von Stade with the UC Berkeley Young Musicians Program

  • A community-wide reception attended by special guest artist luminaries and featuring a performance by the Grammy Award—winning San Francisco Boys Chorus

  • An arts education resource fair for teachers, parents, and teaching artists

  • A full day of family-friendly activities

  • A week of open-house observations of arts education in schools and the community

Home to a flourishing and culturally diverse community of artists and the organizations that support them, the Bay Area has long been an innovative leader in arts education initiatives, serving as a model for the national conversation around the essential role played by the arts in educating young minds, particularly in this era of dwindling public educational resources. This weeklong series of events has been planned to bring together parents, teachers, administrators, teaching artists, civic leaders, and advocates from across the entire Bay Area in an unprecedented communal celebration of the untold riches and unsung heroes of our community's multifaceted arts education environment.

You can find out more information about the Calender of events here.

For a quick overview of the week's planned events check out this link.

San Francisco Mayoral Arts Forum 2011

San Francisco, CA, August 13, 2011 As a proud co-sponsor of this event, Performing Arts Workshop invites you to attend Arts Forum 2011 and find out more about the candidates for Mayor of San Francisco and their arts platforms. We hope you will attend and add your voice to let them know you think access to a high-quality arts education is important for all children in San Francisco.

Click here now to register for the August 23rd Forum. 

Join us on Tuesday, August 23rd at 6 pm at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in the Novellus Theater at 701 Mission Street for this great event.  The panel forum will feature major candidates for mayor of San Francisco in a conversation about the arts moderated by KQED's Forum Host Michael Krasny.

This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from candidates for mayor about their position on the arts and how they plan to support the arts community.  You will also have a chance to ask your own questions as well.

Space is limited, so make sure to register today on our website! 

For more information, or if you want to join our growing list of event sponsors, please visit our website at

WebTalk Nonprofit Spark – Embracing Program Evaluation – 03/07/11

San Francisco, CA, March 22, 2011 Program evaluation can be a rich and rewarding discovery process and it's considered a nonprofit Best Practice. Jessica Mele, the Executive Director of Performing Arts Workshop in San Francisco, discusses how her organization's evaluation processes have evolved and how the staff hold itself accountable for outcomes. Dr. Mary Ruth Coleman of the Frank Porter Graham Center for Child Development at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill provides a program evaluation overview and ideas that make evaluation seem do-able and even desirable.

The podcast can be found here:

The main website for nonprofit spark is here:

Host is Renee McGivern. Nonprofit Spark Host Renee McGivern has more than 20 years experience in nonprofit and association management, training and communication. McGivern's consulting company, which is directed to businesses and trade associations, specializes in facilitating learning, communication and action so life works for people and organizations.

Project ARISE 2010 Annual Performance Report & Final Performance Report

San Francisco, CA, March 4, 2011 The 2010 Arts Residency Interventions in Special Education (ARISE) report has been published on IssueLab along with the final performance report for the project. ARISE was a federally-funded research project led by Performing Arts Workshop with five San Francisco Unified School District elementary schools. The project provided year-long Theatre or Creative Movement residencies to over 1,000 3rd-5th grade students in general and special education classrooms. Key findings from the research demonstrate improved test scores, reduced absenteeism, and growth of critical thinking skills among students who participated in the project.

You can read the reports on IssueLab or download them from the Workshop's Resource Center by following the links below.

Issue Lab

ARISE 2010 Annual Performance Report

ARISE 2010 Final Performance Report

ARISE 2010 Summary Report

Resource Center

21st Century Skills Discussed on Forum with Michael Crasny

San Francisco, CA, December 29, 2010 -- The 21st Century Skills Movement seeks to reform education to better prepare students for success in the modern workplace. Those skills include creativity, innovation, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. This Forum with Michael Crasny covers engages some Silicon Valley veterans who are working to help students attain these skills. Also discussed is why the movement has encountered opposition from some education leaders, who favor an emphasis on core content and knowledge.

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Bernie Trilling, author of "21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times" and former global director of the Oracle Education Foundation
  • Gregg Witkin, digital media arts teacher at Boynton High School in Campbell
  • Miguel Salinas, senior manager of Adobe Youth Voices -- a global philanthropic initiative that empowers youth from under-served communities with digital media tools so they can comment on their world and share ideas
  • Randy Nelson, head of artistic development and training at DreamWorks Animation and former dean of Pixar University
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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 am honored that the Workshop's Board of Directors has entrusted me to lead one of the nation's premier arts education organizations," said Mele, who first joined the workshop in 2006 as a member of the Program staff, "I firmly believe that after 45 years of excellence in direct service, we are just beginning to reach our full potential as a social change organization. I am thrilled to lead Performing Arts Workshop during this exciting period."

DeCaigny, who joined the organization eleven years ago as the Program Manager for the Robeson & Rivera Academy, said he was leaving to pursue new career opportunities.

"It's time for me to explore something new," he said, "It's bittersweet to transition from a role that has afforded me the privilege of working with such talented colleagues and dedicated community partners, but I will remain a part of the Workshop's extended family for years to come.  It's an honor to pass the reins to my close colleague, Jessica. I look forward to supporting her and the Board of Directors during this exciting transition."

Board President Monique Olivier praised DeCaigny for his accomplishments during the years he led the workshop.

"Under Tom's leadership the organization grew by leaps and bounds, gaining national recognition for its work, and impacting the lives of thousands of young people," Olivier said. "The Workshop is fortunate to have a talented leader in Jessica Mele. The Board has the utmost confidence in her ability to guide the organization into the future."

During DeCaigny's time as executive director the organization provided quality arts education to over 82,000 young people, demonstrating the power of the arts to transform public education.

Mele, 31, joined the Workshop in April 2006. Under her leadership, its programs have increased the number of youth served by 15 percent.

In the community, she currently serves as the Advocacy Co-Chair for the Arts Provider's Alliance of San Francisco and as a member of the steering committees of Teaching Artists Organized and the Alameda County Office of Education's Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership.

From 2002-2005, Mele managed the academic research projects of Marshall Ganz at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She also developed her own negotiation and community building skills as an organizer for the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (AFSCME, AFL-CIO).

She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and French Studies from Smith College and an Ed. Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Mele's appointment as Executive Director is effective February 14, 2011. DeCaigny's last day in the role will be February 25, 2011.  A comprehensive transition plan will begin in December to ensure a smooth transition.

Gloria Unti established Performing Arts Workshop in 1965 to provide a creative outlet for inner-city youth in the conviction that the creative process is a dynamic vehicle for learning, problem-solving and social change.

Today, the Workshop continues the commitment to serve young people with a high-quality, complete education that includes arts learning and opens pathways to a resourceful and productive life. The Workshop's mission is to help young people develop critical thinking, creative expression, and basic learning skills through the arts.


Performing Arts Workshop is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people develop critical thinking, creative expression, and basic learning skills through the arts. Founded in San Francisco in 1965, last year the organization reached over 9,600 young people across the Bay Area.


Brian Wiedenmeier, Development Director 415-673-2634 x205 or

Make the Message Match the Audience

San Francisco, CA --- November, 2010 Anne Trickey, the Program & Communications Coordinator at Performing Arts Workshop, was interviewed by Maggie Sandford for the publication, Nonprofit Communications Report for their November 2010 issue. The article discusses how the Workshop divides its messages for different audiences and the best ways to engage them.

You can read the full article here.

For more information please visit the Nonprofit Communications Report website.

The Teaching Artist Research Project Featured in Guild Notes

San Francisco, CA --- November, 2010 In the Fall 2010 edition of the National Guild for Community Arts Education's publication, Guild Notes, an interview with Nick Rabkin, Senior Research Scientist at NORD, University of Chicago is featured. This interview discusses the Teaching Artist Research Project or TARP. Since 2006, Nick Rabkin and TARP has been studying Teaching Artists in 12 different communities across the nation. The article discusses findings and parameters of the project.

Read the full article here.

For more information please visit the National Guild for Community Arts Education's website.

Workshop Awarded Organizational Effectiveness Grant

San Francisco, CA --- November 8, 2010 The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation awarded Performing Arts Workshop with a 12 month, $40,000 organizational effectiveness grant. The Workshop will use this grant to facilitate a strategic planning process beginning this spring.

For more information please visit The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation website.

Public Forum to be held at KQED for 2010 San Francisco Board of Education Candidates

- Co-sponsored by KQED Education Network -
- Tuesday, October 19 at 6:30pm -

San Francisco, CA --- October 8, 2010 – "Arts and Achievement for All," a public forum for 2010 San Francisco Board of Education candidates, will be held on Tuesday, October 19th, 6:30-8:30pm at KQED Public Media (2601 Mariposa Street, San Francisco). The event is open to the public and free of charge. Moy Eng, who has served as a program director for the arts at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, will moderate the discussion, which will be based on the future of art and student achievement in San Francisco public schools.  All San Francisco School Board candidates have been invited to participate. 

The forum is supported by the Partnership for Creative Learning, a local action group dedicated to educational excellence for all of San Francisco's students.

The Partnership states, "Too many young people miss the opportunity to benefit from the creative process as part of their public education because of ever-growing barriers like limited instructional time or re-allocation of funding due to severe budget cuts. But teaching and engaging youth in the arts is more than just a nicety; it is a necessity that positions young people for success in school, work and in life. Quality arts curriculum and programs make youth more innovative, creative, and better critical thinkers – vitally important skills that every child needs and deserves in the 21st Century.  We believe all of San Francisco's students – not just those whose families can afford it – deserve the opportunity to excel through a quality arts education."

For more information, please visit

This event is open to the public, to RSVP please visit the Facebook Event

Following the forum, KQED News will offer commentary and a link to an audio recording of the event at

The U.S. Department of Education Awards Performing Arts Workshop, Welcome PACT-21!

San Francisco, CA --- October 1, 2010 Major news!!!  Performing Arts Workshop has been awarded a 4-year Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination grant from the U.S. Department of Education to explore how our Artists-in-Schools program supports the development of 21st Century skills - Performing Arts Create Tools for 21st Century Learning = PACT-21. We are thrilled to have our work recognized for a third time at the federal level and look forward to sharing our results from our forthcoming evaluation.

To read more about PACT-21 please follow this link to the Workshop's Resource Center.

MetLife Foundation and National Guild Award $215,000 in Grants to 12 Arts Education Partnerships

New York, NY --- September 17, 2010 MetLife Foundation and the National Guild for Community Arts Education announced the winners of the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program. Grants totaling $215,000 were awarded to 12 nonprofit arts education organizations that will partner with K-12 public schools to provide sustained, quality arts instruction to nearly 6,000 students during the 2010-2011 academic year. An expert review panel also found that each of the grantees will employ partnership practices that can increase public schools' capacity and commitment to provide arts education.

Performing Arts Workshop was among the grantees. To see a full list and read the rest of the press release, please follow this link.

Workshop Mentioned in "Guild Notes"

San Francisco, CA --- May, 2010 In the Spring 2010 edition of the National Guild for Community Arts Education "Guild Notes" the Workshop was mentioned twice.  First, it was noted that on April 13, Arts Advocacy Day, Tom DeCaigny – Executive Director, Jessica Mele – Deputy Director and Brian Wiedenmeier – Development Director, were all in attendance. Workshop staff participated in the day's activities which included legislative visits to Bay Area representatives. As part of a coalition promoting an arts education agenda, Workshop staff discussed the current restructuring of the nation's education funding and formats including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Race to the Top, and the Arts In Education program.

Second, the "People And Schools" section highlighted the Workshop's recent hire, Melissa West. Melissa is currently working as the Workshop's Advocacy Campaign Manager. Using the Workshop's 9 point Advocacy Plan formulated with help from Eric Friedenwald-Fishman and the Metropolitan Group, Melissa and the Workshop are forging ahead with creating a strong arts education coalition base in San Francisco to accomplish goals set on a local, regional and national scale.

Learn more about the National Guild For Community Arts Education or become a member.

Subversives Unite

San Francisco, CA --- April 6, 2010 In the April 2010 Issue of Theatre Bay Area Magazine Online (the Monthly Theatre News Magazine published by Theatre Bay Area), Performing Arts Workshop's Deputy Director, Jessica Mele, is quoted in part of the article's discussion of the emerging prevalence of the teaching artist profession. The article focuses on the San Francisco Bay Area's unique ability to support and promote teaching artists. To read the full article, please follow the link below.

Subversives Unite by Sabrina Klein

Theatre Bay Area

Performing Arts Workshop: 45 years of promoting social justice

San Francisco, CA --- March 25, 2010 Performing Arts Workshop's Deputy Director, Jessica Mele, was published as a guest writer for the Improve Group's March newsletter. The article addresses the issues of access and empowerment, and how the Workshop as endeavored to achieve these goals in its 45 year history. To read the full article, please follow the link below.

Performing Arts Workshop: 45 years of promoting social justice

Tom DeCaigny to Speak at Meeting with NEA Chairman, Rocco Landesman

San Francisco, CA --- March 11, 2010 Performing Arts Workshop's Executive Director, Tom DeCaigny, has been invited to speak at the March 17th San Francisco stop on NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman's "Art Works" tour. Chairman Landesman has been invited to San Francisco at the behest of the James Irvine Foundation and foundation CEO Jim Canales. This visit is part of a country wide tour to learn how the arts work in communities across the nation. The guiding principles of Chairman Landesman's "Art Works" program, include a particular focus on the role of the arts in education and in creating and sustaining livable, vibrant urban centers.

Learn More About "Art Works"

Read the NEA press release on Chairman Rocco Landesman's Visit to California

Win a Free Video by Storytellers For Good!

San Francisco, CA --- March 5, 2010 Performing Arts Workshop's video - Igniting Young Minds Through The Arts - which is featured on our homepage and YouTube channel, was mentioned on the Mission Minded blog. Sotrytellers for Good, who in cooperation with Mission Minded produced the Workshop video, are offering a FREE video to 5 San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits. For more information about the contest and to read the full blog post, follow the link below.

Win a Free Video by Storytellers for Good!

Reach At-Risk and Underserved Youth Through Performing Arts

San Francisco, CA --- March 1, 2010 Performing Arts Workshop's Executive Director, Tom DeCaigny, was interviewed for a Youth Today article about reaching at-risk and underserved youth through the performing arts. He is quoted as saying, "A lot of a-risk young people want something real...Performing arts give them a sense of purpose and humanity, as well as tools for critical thinking and examining their own lives in relationship to the world."

To read the full article, follow the link below.

ARISE 2009 Annual Performance Report

San Francisco, CA --- February 9, 2010 The 2009 Arts Residency Interventions in Special Education (ARISE) report has been published on IssueLab. This report describes findings from the second year of research. You can read the report on IssueLab or download it from the Workshop's Resource Center by following the links below.

Issue Lab

Resource Center

Excellent Website Content: Testimonials

San Francisco, CA --- January 28, 2010 John Kenyon, Nonprofit Technology Educator & Strategist, highlights a number of organizations who are using testimonials to highlight the quality of their work. Featured is the Performing Arts Workshop's new video "Igniting Young Minds Through The Arts." You can read the full article by following the link below.

Where the Wild Things Are: Teaching Dance in Urban Schools

San Francisco, CA --- November 27, 2009 Workshop Artist Rachel Costello posted this article to the blog Teacher, Revised which describes her experience teaching preschool in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. To read the full post, please follow the link below.

Gloria Unti's Retirement Party Covered by San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco, CA --- November 11, 2009 Chronicle writer and former Workshop board member Leah Garchick wrote about attending Gloria Unti's retirement party, which was held at the Workshop on November 5th. To read the full article, please follow the link below.

Workshop Out of School Reviewed by Youth Today

San Francisco, CA --- August 27, 2009 Out of school time has received increased attention from researchers, educators, and funders as a venue where significant learning takes place. Performing Arts Workshop's Artists-in-Communities program is a leader in providing high quality arts programming to youth through their work in existing afterschool programs, community centers, and juvenile halls. Their recent publication The Workshop Out of School, demonstrates the ways in which arts learning provides young people with the opportunity for inquiry and creative expression, which are key ingredients to the development of problem-solving skills youth need in order to succeed in the 21st century.

This guide is especially written for teaching artists, arts providers, and after-school administrators who are interested in learning a clear and collaborative process for providing quality performing arts instruction while negotiating the unique challenges that present themselves in out of school time. The contributions of Performing Arts Workshop teaching artists offer a thorough examination of arts engagement in alignment with essential youth development principles. The guide is divided by art discipline including an overview, instructions on how to plan a quality curriculum, and how to negotiate behavior and content management within the class.

To read the article on the Youth Today website, follow the link below.

Rahman Jamaal Featured in UBO Magazine

San Francisco, CA --- July 16, 2009 Workshop Artist Rahman Jamaal was featured in UBO Magazine - Underground Beat Online, is a blog which looks at underground and independent music, art, apparel, clubs, literature and more. The July 2009 edition discusses Rahman Jamaal's voyage into music, and how he uses his art form to strengthen communities and teach youth critical thinking skills. To read the full article, follow the link below.

Workshop Receives $50,000 NEA Grant!

San Francisco, CA --- July 8, 2009 Performing Arts Workshop was one of 37 San Francisco organizations to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Grant Program. As the only arts education agency in California to receive funding and just one of 28 national arts education organizations, the Workshop is proud to be representing the importance of arts education in the NEA program. To read more about the grants and other organizations who received money, please follow the links below.

Tom DeCaigny podcast on IssueLab

San Francisco, CA --- July 8, 2009 In this month's IssueLab podcast, Stacy Kessler talks to three people who have dedicated themselves to arts education, asking them about the role that research plays in developing the field, the importance of evaluation, and the future of arts ed. Gusts include the Workshop's own Executive Director - Tom DeCaigny, Manager of Arts Education at Americans for the Arts - John Abodeely, and Associate Director of Art Education at School of the Art Institute Chicago - Therese Quinn. To listen, follow the link below. The podcast is listed on the right hand side.

The Workshop Qualities as Quality

San Francisco, CA --- July 1, 2009 The Workshop was recently cited as being a well-designed program in the recent Project Zero (part of Harvard's Graduate School of Education) publication entitled Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education. Both our exceptional programs and our best practices guide Lessons From the Workshop are mentioned in the document. To read the full paper, follow the link below.

Qualities of Quality PDF

The Workshop on Inside Groove

San Francisco, CA --- June 14, 2009 The Improve Group congratulates the Workshop on their recent publication in IssueLab's Arts Education CloseUp which provides a "special collection of Arts Education case studies and evaluations [that] reveals the lessons, benefits, and pitfalls of existing and past projects, providing vital information for program staff at organizations running their own Arts Education projects." _to_the_perform.html

The Workshop on Goliblogski: San Francisco arts and culture commentary by Emily Goligoski

San Francisco, CA --- June 12, 2009 Read about how the Workshop does good work in tough times, "helping students receive the education that they need and deserve – one that is rich in critical thinking, problem-solving, and fun."

Issue Lab Publishes Workshop 2008 Project ARISE (Arts Residency Interventions in Special Education) Evaluation Report

San Francisco, CA --- June 4, 2009 Issue Lab, an online forum for nonprofit research, recently published Performing Arts Workshop's 2008 Project ARISE Evaluation Report. Project ARISE specifically examines the affects of the Workshop's critical thinking and creative expression arts learning on special education populations. To read the full report, please follow the link below. in_special_education_2008_evaluation_report

Performing Arts Workshop Program Literacy Work Highlighted

San Francisco, CA --- April 22, 2009 Amber Lamprecht, co-owner of the Language and Literacy clinic (LLC) and former Literacy Specialist with Performing Arts Workshop highlights her Literacy work with E.R. Taylor Elementary, a longstanding Workshop partner. Read the full story, "36 Hours to Change A Child's Life," by following the link.

Performing Arts Workshop Program Director, Jessica Mele, quoted in blog

San Francisco, CA --- April 13, 2009 In part two of actress and writer Lucia Brawley's blog post entitled - Mordecai's Metamorphosis: Why Arts Education is a Matter of Social Justice and Why it will Save the World - she quoted from an email Workshop Program Director, Jessica Mele, sent in response to part one. To read the full article please follow the link below.

Part I

Part II

Performing Arts Workshop Connects to China through Alice Fong Yu Alternative

San Francisco, CA --- January 31, 2009 Alice Fong Yu Alternative is the first Chinese immersion school in the United States. A long time partner of the Workshop, Alice Fong Yu instated a Chinese Exchange Program in 2000 that is thriving today. To read more about Alice Fong Yu and its exemplary programming, please follow the link below.


Tom DeCaigny Featured in the San Francisco Business Times

San Francisco, CA --- December 22, 2008 The San Francisco Business Times, a local industry paper focused on innovative business in the San Francisco Bay Area, featured the Workshop's Executive Director, Tom DeCaigny as part of its ongoing Nonprofit Profile series. To read the full article, please check out the PDF below or you can follow the link to the Business Times website.

Download the article: Nonprofit Profile Performing Arts Workshop: Tom DeCaigny, Executive Director

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Tom DeCaingy Speaks to San Francisco's Art Budget Cuts on KALW's Your Call with Rose Aguilar

San Francisco, CA --- December 18, 2008 KALW's Your Call, a listener call in show hosted by Rose Aguilar chose the Starving Arts Budget as one of its topics. Tom DeCaigny, Workshop Executive Director was one of the three invited guests along with Marco Barricelli, Artistic Director Shakespeare in Santa Cruz and Nancy Gonchar, Deputy Director San Francisco Arts Commission. Please follow the link or download the audio file below to listen to the full program.
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John Kenyon - Nonprofit Technology Strategist Loves our Archives

San Francisco, CA --- October 27, 2008 In the month of October, the Workshop unveiled 43+ years of photo Archives. A number of community stakeholders were in attendance, including John Kenyon, a Nonprofit Technology Strategist who was part of the strategic planning process lead by Olive Grove Consulting. To read the full story, please follow the link below.

Performing Arts Workshop Unveils 43+ Years of Archive Photographs

San Francisco, CA --- October 22, 2008 Performing Arts Workshop held a major donor event to at which we unveiled our 43+ years of archive photographs. The culmination of a month long project led by the Development and Administrative Assistant, Devon Nandagiri, the archives describe a span of over 40 years and the different locations the Workshop has been within the city of San Francisco. Beginning at the Telegraph Hill Community Center, moving to the Buchanan YMCA, housed in a small studio in the Presidio, 20 years at the Fort Mason Center, and now located in the Bayview Hunter's Point neighborhood, the Workshop's many transitions illustrates a path through history using the performing arts as a common language. To view photos from the archive, please follow the link below.

Sensory Integration Disorders - Scott Phillips Blogs about the Workshop

San Francisco, CA --- October 13, 2008 Scott Phillips is an artist who has worked with Performing Arts Workshop for over seven years. He has studied a number of martial art and dance forms, but specializes in Northern Shaolin gongfu. Dedicated to studying Daoism, Chinese Traditional Medicine, and expounding his knowledge through teaching, Scott offers unique insight to the Workshop and our methodology. Recently, he attended a professional development workshop on Special Education youth with physical disabilities given by Pam Mele, an Early Childhood Education and Different Needs Specialist. Afterwards he blogged about the parallels he found through his experience with special needs youth. You can find the full text of his post here.

Dia Penning Reimagines Learning

San Francisco, CA --- October, 2008 Dia Penning, one of the Workshop's new Board Members, published an article in the Teaching Artist Journal about the San Francisco Superintendent of Schools, Carlos Garcia's, dedication to arts in the classroom. You can download the full text of the article as a pdf below. Dia is a social activist interested in developing arts learning to support social change. She is also a working textile artist and educator serving as the Art Education Funders Collaborative Program Director and Education Manager at the San Francisco Arts Commission. To read more about Dia, please follow this link.

Download: Reimagine Learning: Building a District on Arts Education

Fog City Journal Interview with Board President Peter Rothblatt

San Francisco, CA --- May 13, 2008 As a run up to the Workshop's Annual Event, The Mighty Fair, Board President Peter Rothblatt discusses how far the Workshop has come in 43 years. Peter, once a Teaching Artist with the Workshop, stresses our Mission to serve at-risk youth and foster critical thinking. To read the full story, please follow the link below.

KALW Radio with Carol Kocivar: Executive Director Tom DeCaigny discusses the Workshop's ARISE project in Special Education classrooms

San Francisco, CA --- January, 2008 In the Arts Residency Interventions in Special Education (ARISE) project, the Workshop sees an exciting opportunity to build upon our success with the Artists-in-Schools curriculum model and to contribute to research on intensive, critical-thinking based, culturally competent arts programming as a way to improve the performance of Special Education students in urban public schools. ARISE is a four year joint partnership between the Workshop, the San Francisco Unified School District, and the U.S. Department of Education. For more information and to hear Tom DeCaigny, the Executive Director of the Workshop, discuss the project with Carol Kocivar, the Ombudsperson for Special Education with the San Francisco Unified School District, please follow the link below.
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