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Geneva Powerhouse Past, Present, Future

    Photo courtesy of The Wall Street Journal Built in 1901 as an office building and streetcar operations center, the Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse has had a rich and long-standing history at the heart of San Francisco. This historical landmark, which Performing Arts Workshop became the tenant of in 2019, has witnessed the changing landscape of San Francisco for…

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Statement in Support of Our Asian Community

Dear Performing Arts Workshop community,  Our hearts are heavy with grief and rage as we mourn the deaths of eight people, including six Asian women, who were recently murdered in Atlanta. We honor the lives of: Delaina Ashley Yaun Paul Andre Michels Xiaojie Tan Daoyou Feng Soon Chung Park Hyun Jung Grant Suncha Kim, &  Yong Ae Yue  We send our most sincere condolences to…

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Statement in Defense of Black Lives Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Statement in Defense of Black Lives Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) See our statement here. “In Defense of Black Lives” explained Q: What does “In Defense of Black Lives” mean? A: The Movement for Black Lives called for a week of immediate action in defense of Black lives from June 1st to June 5th, 2020. We use the phrase “in defense of Black lives” in…

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Exploring Pattern & Disruption through Comics

Lesson by Sabina Kariat, taught at the Spring Learning and Growth session for Workshop Teaching Artists in February 2021. Patterns exist everywhere in life. There are physical patterns, like the tiles in your bathroom or the spikes on a pinecone. There are artistic patterns, like the beats in a song or the use of colors and shapes in a painting. And there are thought patterns…

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Learning and Growing: How Sabina Kariat Centers Anti-Racism in the Classroom

  On February 18th and 20th, the Workshop’s staff and artists participated in a Learning & Growth session facilitated by Bay-Area based writer, poet, and educator Darius Simpson. In this two day seminar, we dug deep to address the hazy division of the professional and personal -- namely how racism, sexism, and the many -isms that often translate into the workplace can…

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Composition & Movement at Balboa High, with Chinchin Hsu!

    Since April 2020, and in the midst of a global pandemic, our Teaching Artists at the Workshop have continued to engage with students across the Bay Area through remote online learning. One of our Teaching Artists, Chinchin Hsu, recently introduced students at Balboa High School to elements of composition in visual art and dance. In a Zoom classroom setting last…

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Glitter Jar DIY Tutorial!

  Looking for a fun home art project that can also be a mindfulness and anxiety tool? Look no further! Glitter jars are a beautiful and accessible way for kids and adults to regulate their emotions -- all you do is pick it up, swirl the contents, and watch the glittering particles slowly swirl down to the bottom of the jar. Here’s how to make one:   Ingredients:……

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Statement in Defense of Black Lives from the Anti-Racism Committee

We write this with rage, grief, and fierce love for our Black students, teaching artists, and wider community. As an organization, and particularly as an organization that serves Black youth, we recognize that remaining silent is violent and contradictory to our mission. We mourn the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed,…

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Sitecation 2019

We’ve wrapped up our second annual “sitecation!”   Site·ca·tion A week dedicated to an organization wide deep-dive into programming. Site: partner location, such as a school or community center, with a multi-week residency taught by a Workshop teaching artist.   Knowledge of, and connection to, our programs is essential for our ability to be effective members of…

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Fun with Foam with Amadia!

Every Thursday morning Amadia Djali teaches an arts lesson to their third grade class at George Washington Carver Elementary School. Amadia is a new member of our beloved teaching artist team and this is one of their first residencies with the Workshop! Amadia taught workshops for youth and adults for 5 years before joining the Workshop team in October 2018. They have studied…

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