Arts for All Announces New Programs for Students Directory Listings

Wed, 10/03/2012 - 12:32pm

Kirk Brundage, Carnival in the ClassroomThe Los Angeles County Arts Commission announced the selection of sixteen new programs from fourteen Los Angeles nonprofit education service providers for inclusion in Arts for All’s Programs for Students Directory.

Under the umbrella of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Arts for All is Los Angeles County’s arts education collaborative seeking systemic educational reform. Now in its tenth year, Arts for All works to bring creativity to every Los Angeles County classroom by restoring arts education to the curriculum and empowering school districts to prepare all students for the workforce of tomorrow. Currently, forty-nine school districts, reaching 560,465 students, have joined Arts for All with a commitment to arts education reform.

The Programs for Students Directory is an online resource for educators looking for quality arts education residencies, performances, field trips, and workshops meeting the California state standards. Users can strategically search for arts education programs by arts discipline, subject area, grade level, program type, and cultural origin. For artists and organizations, this directory offers a free marketing opportunity to reach the 84,000 teachers and administrators in Los Angeles County. The directory now holds 272 programs from 112 providers.

The new entries in Programs for Students are:

Alex Luu: Three Lives, solo performance for high school students about identity/assimilation and racism in America, and My Own Story Residency, an autobiographical writing/storytelling/performing workshop for high school students.
Ballroom Madness: Ballroom Madness, a ten-week residency that teaches 5th and 6th graders ballroom dancing in an environment that promotes respect.
California Traditional Music Society: Exploring Folk Music, an elementary workshop series on the fundamentals of music introduced through traditional arts.
Cindy Iles-Nelson: Creative Journeys, a residency that integrates visual arts across K-5 curriculum.
Craig Woodson: Making & Playing World Musical Instruments, an interactive workshop for K-5 students to make and play world musical instruments and then compose and conduct their own music.
Diavolo Dance Theater: T.R.U.S.T., an interactive in-school dance performance exploring Teamwork, Respect, Unity, Solidarity and Trust through dynamic movement.
Ecos de Espana: Music and Dance Workshops, Spanish and flamenco dance and music series of workshops for K-5.
Geffen Playhouse: Story Pirates, theatre and creative writing for elementary students through classroom workshops and performance.
Kirk Brundage: Carnaval in the Classroom!, a K-5 residency that teaches basic musical skills through traditional Brazilian Carnaval drumming.
Nigerian Talking Drum Ensemble: Nigerian Talking Drum Ensemble Program, elementary students learn Nigerian tradition and culture through drumming, song and dance over 11 weeks.
Shakespeare Center of LA: Will Power to Schools Romeo & Juliet Project, a field trip for high school students to see “Romeo and Juliet” paired with in-classroom workshops and residencies supporting literacy.
Southland Opera: My Story, My Voice: Poetry to Song, a vocal music/musical theatre composition program for K-8 and special needs classrooms.
Studio Zanni: Commedia dell'Arte, a comedic performance with post-show Q&A for elementary and middle schools to explore the history and elements of theatre.
The Mary Pickford Institute for Film Education: Silent Film Experience, a residency for elementary students to learn the history of early cinema by creating a short silent film
and At Issue Here, an introductory or advanced high school course in short documentary filmmaking.

To be listed in the directory, individuals and organizations must submit an electronic application form, required supplemental materials and be approved by a peer panel comprised of educators, artists, arts professionals and community members. The next round of applications will be due in January 2013. Prospective applicants can read the program's guidelines at

Photo: Kirk Brundage, Carnival in the Classroom