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Thank You to our Sponsors!

Have you RSVP'd for our Donor and Community Appreciation Event on November 12th? The event is fast approaching and we are so excited to spend an evening with our loyal friends. But first, we owe heaps and heaps of gratitude to our generous sponsors, helping us in every aspect to...


Get to Know Anupama!

With a name that literally means "incomparable," it's easy to believe that Anupama Tadanki is one-of-a-kind. Read on to find out more about our resident beat-boxer, vegetarian and New Sector Alliance Fellow! What is your role at the Workshop? I am completing a social sector...


Vote Yes on Prop C in November!

By Jessica Mele, Executive Director On Monday, September 15, Performing Arts Workshop’s Board of Directors voted to endorse a proposition for only the second time in our nearly 50-year history. The proposition in question is Proposition C, and for those of you who care deeply...


To Invest in Nonprofit Leaders, We Need to Rethink Nonprofit Salaries and Benefits

By Jessica Mele, Executive Dirctor The post is a response to Ira Hirschfield's blog post on Stanford Social Innovation Review, "Investing in Leadership to Accelerate Philanthropic Impact." I am so pleased to see foundations like the Haas, Jr. Fund investing in leadership...


Meet Board Member Kendra Wong!

Kendra doing "batik" (traditional silk dying/painting) while living in Thailand last year. Every member of Performing Arts Workshop's board of directors is simply amazing. Kendra Wong is no exception. She paints, dances, and has traveled all over the world for work....


The Power of Immersive Partnerships: Deeper Experiences, Greater Outcomes

By Karena Salmond, Program Director When the Workshop made a strategic shift towards deeper, more “immersive” partnerships in 2011, I was both thrilled and nervous--thrilled to prioritize partners invested in a long-term, sequential arts program for all students; and nervous...


Joining the revolution: A response to AFTA’s ‘A Shared Responsibility’ webinar

By Jessica Mele, Executive Director In last Wednesday’s Americans for the Arts webinar, Arts Education: A Shared Responsibility, Mary Ruth McGinn noted that districts and schools must ultimately accept some responsibility for a shared delivery model. In the meantime, it’s up...


Meet our new Core Artist Glenda Bates!

Get to know our newest Core Artist Glenda Bates with this questionnaire! How would you describe yourself in 3 words? Creative, intuitive, curious Where did you grow up? Vienna, Virginia, a suburb of Washington DC. My dad was an engineer and my mother worked for the government....


Read about Reed!

  We're so excited to welcome 2 new members to our Board of Directors! First up, we'd like to introduce you to Reed Mayfield, a  Senior Lending Associate at RSF Social Finance, a nonprofit financial services organization. Get to know a little more about him by reading our...


Meet Laila Copperansky!

In order to get to know our new Teaching Artist Intern Laila Copperansky better, we've compiled a list of 10 (vital) things you might not know about her. Read on...     1. What will you be working on at the Workshop this fall? I will be working on a documentation project...


FUN(?) FACTS with Janelle Gleason

Everything you need to know about Janelle Gleason, our new Administrative Assistant, in 10 questions! Where did you grow up? Sacramento, CA. Where did you go to school, and what did you study? I studied Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing at UC Santa Cruz. Do you...


Workshop Notes - July 2014

In this issue: July 2014 Today is the Workshop's Birthday! By Jessica Mele, Executive Director 49 years ago to this day, Performing Arts Workshop was born (or at least incorporated). Read here >     BEST. SHOW. EVER. By Maya Sussman, New...