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The Community Circle Heals What Hurts

By Matthew Clark Davison, Chief Artistic Strategist A few months ago, veteran Workshop Teaching Artist and Capoeira Mestre (master) Salê Ramos found out he needed knee surgery. It could not have been good news for him, considering he uses his body to teach Capoeira to hundreds of students each week, including fifty at E.R. Taylor Grade School in San Francisco’s Portola...

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What’s New

We are excited to announce that as part of Performing Arts Workshop’s new Artist Leadership Training Program, this fall we will begin piloting an internship program in partnership with the University of San Francisco’s Performing Arts and Social Justice Department. Students who share our commitment to social justice and are interested in pursuing a career in the arts or...

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Altar(ed)

The Workshop was founded on the core belief that an artistic education should be viewed as a basic human right and a vital part of developing a compassionate, fair and just society. We sometimes get asked how these social justice values show up in our classrooms. We offer this vivid example, from spoken word artist/teaching artist Natasha Huey on a class she taught in...

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Meet Program Manager Adam Levy!

As Performing Arts Workshop’s new Program Manager, Adam Levy manages our school and community site partnerships with the most supreme diligence, which makes sense considering his background. Adam’s a writer and translator, who, together with his wife, just launched a small press, Transit Books. We staff members are grateful for Adam’s commitment to the Workshop’s...

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Meet Program Coordinator Priscilla Lopez!

Priscilla Lopez is the Workshop’s new Program Coordinator, and she’s pretty fearless. She schedules our artistic residencies at school or community sites, manages our internal database, and regularly creates reports from our residency data. But what makes Priscilla even more amazing? She began this role just two weeks prior to our HUGE 50th Anniversary celebration, and she...

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THANK YOU FOR CELEBRATING 50 YEARS WITH US!

Thank you to everyone who supported our 50th Anniversary Celebration on November 12, 2015! Together we raised over $67,000 to advance the Workshop’s mission and support high quality arts education programming in schools and community centers. Check out the 50th celebration photo album here!  There’s a litany of people to thank. But first, we want to show you a picture of...

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Performing Arts Workshop Announces New Executive Director

San Francisco, California- October 21, 2015- On Wednesday, October 21, Board president Sagar Gupta announced the Workshop's new Executive Director, Emily Garvie! Click here to read the press release!

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Welcome, Risi, our *new* New Sector Alliance Summer Fellow!

We are so excited to have Risi Ademola joining us at the Workshop this summer. Read on and get to know her and her bright spirit! What is your role at the Workshop? New Sector Alliance Summer Fellow--I will be working on the 50th Anniversary Celebration as well as the implementation of the Immersive Partnerships evaluation system. Where did you grow up? Raleigh, North...

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NEA Celebrates Capoeira in Our Communities

Sharpen your pencils, it’s Quiz Time. Q: What do the National Endowment for the Arts and Performing Arts Workshop have in common ? A: We both turn 50 this year ! That’s not all this national arts agency and small arts education nonprofit share: The NEA promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity;  ...

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