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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. While balancing her jet-set job and board commitments, she's planning her wedding and a two-month...

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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 that many of our existing partners weren’t prepared to make that kind of commitment. Thankfully,...

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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 to us to “join the revolution.” So what can we, as community arts education organizations, do to...

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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. Where did you go to school and what did you study? I did my undergrad at the University of South...

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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 questionnaire! Where did you grow up? In a town outside of Fort Worth TX - playing baseball, hiking,...

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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 that follows students' learning during our residencies, and either shadowing a Teaching Artist or...

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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 have a favorite song? At Last by Etta James. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Cookies...

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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 Sector Alliance AmeriCorps Fellow How good were the students in our 2014 Showcase? Not even a...

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It’s the Workshop’s Birthday!

by Jessica Mele, Executive Director “You don’t look that old!” On almost a daily basis, I introduce a new person to Performing Arts Workshop. I share our mission, and I tell them with a bright smile, “...and next year we’ll be fifty years old!” Inevitably, they tell me that I couldn't possibly be 49 (ha, ha!). In nonprofits, it’s common to say “us” and...

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A METHOD OF ESCAPE

by Laurie Loftus, Institutional Giving Manager On June 4, for the fifth year in a row, Performing Arts Workshop published an anthology of poems written by students at Marin Juvenile Hall’s Loma Alta High School with our poet in residence, Raphael Cohen. As in previous years, we celebrated this accomplishment with a reading from the anthology and treated the students to cake...

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