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Music Monday: Think About It

Have you ever been listening to a song and then thought, wait – what does that lyric mean? It could be the first or the fiftieth time you’ve heard it and suddenly it means something completely different. At the Workshop, we encourage youth to think critically about the art...


Why I Love Listening to Jazz

April is Jazz Appreciation Month! To celebrate, we asked our resident jazz aficionado--Artistic Director, Gary Draper--to let us in on his favorites.  After some wine last night I listened to some of my Jazz favorites. Three of them are: Art Blakey’s Split Kick with Clifford...


Dance is Essential: Musings about Why Physical Expression is Vital.

“Babies dance before they can speak.” “I find it an escape.” “I have No anxiety when dancing.” These are a few of the essential reasons that our Teaching Artists, regardless of art form that they teach, find creative expression through dance, vital. In honor of...


Artist vs. Athlete – Why Education Should Unite vs. Divide

When my sister was a junior in high school, her basketball coach told her she would never play varsity unless she stopped doing drama. She quit the next day. Now she works for Second City on a Cruise ship making mad cash and living her life to the fullest. Why does this story...


Music Monday: Hungry for Tunes

What song makes you hungry?   [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcJjMnHoIBI] The Hunger Games aside, the week the Workshop thinks about songs that make us hungry. You may think it’s a joke, but some of us have certain songs that get us salivating. Do you have this...


For your quiet reflection - haikus by the Workshop

In honor of National Poetry month, the Workshop offers up these haiku based poems. Stepping Stones There is only one kind of movement choice that's made, until the artist. Students stretching arms, laughter bursts in the classroom- how art makes us grow. A crisp striking hand....


Workshop Moments in History

According to the federal government, the Workshop was born in 1965. That makes us--gasp!--47 years old. Below are two clippings from the Workshop's beginnings as a "mom and pop" arts education shop. What is most intriguing about these clippings is the historical context in which...


Music Monday: Shed a Tear

Have you ever found yourself listening to music when suddenly the pressure wells at the corner of your eye and a tear leaks out? Or maybe you’re the kind of person who turns to music when you need a good cry? Here at the Workshop, we all admit to finding ourselves a little...


Poetry, Creativity and Critical Thinking: National Poetry Month at Performing Arts Workshop

Here at Performing Arts Workshop, our creative writing/spoken word artists celebrate National Poetry Month in action. Whether students generate visual art to accompany their written work or demonstrate their spoken word skills in slams, Performing Arts Workshop is alive with the...


Poetry from Behind the Walls: "14 Years of Life"

"14 Years of Life" is written by a student of the San Francisco Unified School District Court Schools.  14 Years of Life  by: CAS When I was five, I realized I was alive When I was six, I noticed moms smoked cancer sticks When I was seven, life felt like heaven When I was...


Music Monday: Lyrics you love

Do you find it strange that girls of a certain age all know how to sing “Part of Your World” from Disney’s the Little Mermaid? What is it about certain songs that make us want to memorize them? Is it because we hear them too many times, or because they strike a certain note...


Music Monday: Keeping it classical

What does “classical music” bring to mind? Pianos, orchestras, guys with wild hair throwing their arms around, bugs bunny? Classical music has an interesting connotation in today’s society. It gets a bad rap being associated with stuffy old people, but then parents play it...