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Lightwire Theater (from America's Got Talent) provided a unique educational performance teaching students about El wire, theater, dance and their unique brand of storytelling. Lightwire presented Moon Mouse, a tale about Marvin who gets bullied in school and later overcomes his challenges and becomes friends with his bullies. Students and public audience members were blown away by this amazing group.
Troker, a jazz band from Guadalajara, Mexico came into schools to teach students about Mexican music. In some schools Troker provided the entire workshop in Spanish and in other schools they taught in both Spanish and English. Students loved Troker! We also hosted a great Dia De los Muertos party with Troker on Saturday October 28th. The crowd was blown away by their talent, and a a great time was had by all.
Arts For The Schools developed a new partnership with Alder Creek Middle School to co-teach visual art to sixth, seventh and eight grade students. Teaching artists are working with Alder Creek Middle School teachers to provide a six week, daily art class for students. Art classes have been designed to meet the education standards and to allow students to develop their visual art foundations, as well as explore new mediums.
"We are excited about the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with classroom teachers at Alder Creek. I am really enjoying working with these kids," says Teaching Artist Anke Hass. Arts For The Schools provides visual arts integrated classes to 10 schools in Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and Placer County Office of Education. Arts education classes occur once per week in schools for at least 14 weeks and up to 32 weeks, depending on the school. At Alder Creek students are being co-taught by Alder Creek teachers and teaching artists every day for six weeks.
Look no further, the most exciting festival of summer is on its way! The Wooden Boat Challenge will be held on Sunday August 20th, 2017 at West End Beach on Donner Lake from 11am-5pm.
The festival is centered around a boat building competition where teams of up to four people build boats with materials supplied by Truckee Tahoe Lumber. After constructing the vessels, they race them on Donner Lake for a chance to win great prizes, like a 2017-18 Northstar Ski Pass or a Northstar Golf Pass! If you’re interested in forming a team, read this.
While the boats are being constructed, there will be plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. We’ll have live music on the Pavilion stage all day, activities for kids of all ages, food trucks and a beer garden, as well as local artisans displaying their work.
Festival entrance is $10/person or $25/family, and all proceeds will go towards supporting Arts For The Schools’ programming. AFTS provides visual and performing arts education for students K-12 around North Lake Tahoe. You can buy tickets ahead of time at New Moon Natural Foods, on Eventbrite, or at the gate on the day of the event.
Stay tuned for the music line-up to be announced soon!
Visit the WBC page or email us if you have any questions.
Arts For The Schools is expanding to new schools and we need more teaching artists! Please click on each link to download the job description and application instructions. If you have any questions, please email Eve.
Visual Arts Program - Teaching Visual Artist
Job Description and Application Instructions
Deadline: July 14, 2017 at 5pm
Performing Arts Program - Music Teaching Artist
Job Description and Application Instructions
Deadline: July 24, 2017 at 5pm
Arts For The Schools would like to give a big thank you to the Nevada Arts Council for grants that support our Performing Arts program. Learn more about the NAC and PIE grants.
Thank you @JerryBrownGov & #CAleg for @CAArtsCouncil #CAbudget #artsboost
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Arts For The Schools was so happy to have high-energy and extremely talented GuGu Drum Group as the last artist group of the 2016-17 season. They performed various pieces featuring Chinese proverbs and vignettes to over 2,100 students in 6 schools as a part of our Performing Arts Program, and received a standing ovation from the crowd at the public show as a part of our onSTAGE Series. Here are some of our favorite moments from the 3-day residency:
Stay tuned for news about the upcoming 2017-18 season!
Our new office is located at 10833 Donner Pass Road, Suite 201 in Truckee.
We will be in the process of moving and getting settled between April 27th-May 4th, so we will be out of touch via email or phone. Thank you for understanding!
In case you missed Gaelynn Lea's interview on 101.5 KTKE Truckee Tahoe Radio, here it is again!
Also, here are some pictures from her residency in local schools:
Between their two school workshops and public show, laughter was not in short supply when the Second City came to town in early March. Check out these pictures and videos from the raucous AFTS events!
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Arts For The Schools recently announced it is continuing its partnership with Tahoe Dave’s Skis & Boards this winter by selling in-kind lift tickets that support in-school programming.
Tahoe Dave’s has been a key supporter for the nonprofit Arts For The Schools, and helps make its Performing Arts Program accessible to over 10,000 children each year.
Students in grades Pre-K-12 participate in interactive performances, workshops, master classes and discussions by acclaimed artists in music, dance, theater, media arts and performance art.
Visit one of four Tahoe Dave’s locations to learn more, or visit http://www.tahoedaves.com
Arts For The Schools has again aligned with the annual WinterWonderGrass music festival in Tahoe. It is a community and family-friendly event with a colorful kid's zone, including hula hooping and crafts provided by AFTS. Read more about the March 31 - April 2, 2017 festival here.
When you buy your tickets online, select Arts For The Schools as your chosen nonprofit - $1 will be donated for every ticket purchased!
Teaching artist Anke Haas taught the concept of analogous and complementary colors to Mrs. Paras' fourth grade class at Truckee Elementary this week. Inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's poem "The Shadow," students used oil pastels with this new concept to create depth and understand that shadows are "attached" to objects. Look at what some of the students created, just after a few weeks of class!
These works will be a part of our Artist in Bloom fundraiser that happens in the spring. Make sure to attend your child's open house to support Arts For The Schools!
Husband and wife team Joseph and Wilma Cashore came all the way from Pennsylvania to present their award-winning marionette show. Here are some photos from their shows in schools and for the public.
Fémina, the Argentinian musical trio, played five shows in schools and one for the public. Their exhilarating style of music and great stories kept every audience dancing and laughing. Here are some pictures from their time in Tahoe:
Thank you to everyone that came out and supported arts education!
After three hours of building and exhilarating races on beautiful Donner Lake, the results are:
1st Place: Hartline Construction
2nd Place: Jim Morrison Construction
3rd Place: Truckee Tahoe Lumber
Best Craftsmanship: McEneaney Construction
Funniest Boat: El Toro Bravo
Start thinking up your designs for next year!!
Join us for Arts For The Schools' 1st annual WOODEN BOAT CHALLENGE fundraiser with a unique new competition event that promotes community involvement. Join us for food, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), live entertainment, local artisans and vendors, kids activities, and a competition that requires teams to build and race their own wooden boat built by hand (no power tools allowed!). Bring the whole family for a fun day on the beach! Tickets only $5.
Arts For The Schools' first ever Annual Report is officially out! In it, you can find information about us, our history, our mission, our donors, and some great pictures to accompany all of it. Click here to view it electronically.
Purchase a $5 Shop For A Cause savings pass to receive 25% off at Macy’s and support Arts For The Schools during this year’s event, running Friday, August 26th to Sunday, August 28th. Every $5 from the purchases of the savings passes will go directly to support Arts For The Schools programs.
Buy a pass today to support Arts For The Schools programming!
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Arts For the Schools
Arts For The Schools is a bi-state 501 (c)3 non-profit that fundamentally believes that access and exposure to the arts is essential for all.