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Performing Arts Workshop (The Workshop) is proud to announce the web launch of our second Virtual Classroom. We often get questions like, “How does the Workshop partner with communities?”, “How do youth think critically in a dance class?” and “What does a Performing Arts Workshop after-school class look like?”

With our Virtual Classroom, we can demonstrate the necessity of the arts in education by sharing a real life example. Since the fall of 2010, teaching artist Shea Rahimi has worked with transitional aged youth at the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s After-School Program in San Francisco. We documented this experience though videos, photos, and Shea and Laura Choe, the Program Manager at TASP’s, own words. Funders, donors, potential partners and other stakeholders now have a chance to step inside an actual after-school residency that took place during the 2010-2011 school year. By documenting the learning that happens in a Performing Arts Workshop after-school classroom, we aim to demonstrate the important role the arts play in equipping our youth with the skills they need for school, work, and life in the 21st Century.

This truly was a collaborative effort. The Workshop would like to thank Shea Rahimi, Sean Hennessy, Benjamin Rait, Seth Goldstein, Justin Allen and the Tenderloin After-School Program for making this project possible. This kind of collaborative effort is vital to our essential work.