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A Look Inside a Middle School Spoken Word Program

By Laila Copperansky, Performing Arts Workshop Intern Students at Paul Revere use spoken word poetry to explore self-identity and issues of race and ethnicity. Photo credit: Laila Copperansky This fall, I’ve had the pleasure of being a fly on the wall for four of core artist Rahman Jamaal’s middle school spoken word classes at Paul Revere College Preparatory School in...

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SF Voters Decisively Pass Prop C

By Jessica Mele, Executive Director It’s December, and election day already seems a world (and a few turkey dinners) away. This year, I gave thanks that San Francisco voters decisively passed Proposition C by 74.44%!!! As I wrote in a blog post in October, Prop C included the reauthorization of two public sources of funding for arts education - the Public Education...

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2 Truths and a Lie: New Workshoppers Edition

Here at the Workshop, we’ve been lucky enough to welcome a handful of new staff and board members to our team. We’d love to introduce you, but rather than simply telling you all about them, we challenge you to a little game called 2 Truths and a Lie. Can you spot the fib?   Anupama Tadanki New Sector Alliance Americorps Resident graduated from USC with a degree in Global...

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Giving Tuesday: 5 Reasons To Support Our $10K Matching Gift Challenge Today!

Happy Giving Tuesday! Now that we’ve turned the page on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s time to celebrate the true meaning of the holiday season: giving back. On this Giving Tuesday, please make a gift to support Performing Arts Workshop. Our generous friends and supporters, Phyllis and David Sakaria, have made a pretty sweet deal with us: If we can raise $10,000 by...

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Election Day Playlist: Vote and Rock Out!

Voters of America, here is your November 4th playlist. Whether you're waiting in line at the polls or hosting an election results party, we've got your soundtrack right here: [spotify id="spotify:user:1218416140:playlist:495wEQcom7WG2tQ2CIh8Wl" width="300" height="380" /]  

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Here’s your Halloween party playlist by Performing Arts Workshop staff

Need some tunes for your Halloween party? Here are some recommendations from the Performing Arts Workshop staff: [spotify id="spotify:user:1218416140:playlist:5geUmf12FtmTu2Pqg5U1DE" width="300" height="380" /] Bonus track: Tim Curry's rendition of "Anything Can Happen On Halloween" from the TV movie 'The Worst Witch.'

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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 make this event the best it can be!

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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 fellowship (through New Sector Alliance and AmeriCorps) at Performing Arts Workshop. I will be...

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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 about access to arts education for San Francisco youth, listen up. Proposition C includes the...

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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 development in the nonprofit field. It is true that in the last 30 years, the demands on nonprofits by...

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