John Kloss shared his amazing tapping talent with the audience as a guest performer this past Saturday during Bright Lights Big Dreams, Bay Area Youth Talent Search. John was thrilled to be involved with the event as he works with his own non-proft organization Stepology working to “enhance the understanding and appreciation of tap”.
John is also working on another big project that you can help with. Dreaming in Rhythm is a an “all or nothing” campaign fundraiser through USA Projects. The goal is to raise $12,199 by March 3 to “cover bare-bones expenses for artist/creator/performers, sets/supplies, lighting/audio equipment, and costumes.” Dreaming in Rhythm premieres August 17, 2013 in San Francisco at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre in conjunction with the annual Bay Area Tap Festival. Visit the site to donate now.
We have an elf at Starting Arts. Actually a team of elves! Our scene shop has been buzzing recently with set builds for Fame and Alice and Wonderland. Once Mike Wozniak flexes his set construction muscles prepping the “canvases”, Robyn Winslow shows off her amazing talents making brick textures, topiaries and silvery moons that take you from a theatre in San Jose to Wonderland, a New York High School and beyond.
Take a peek at the gallery below and if you’d like to see these sets in person, check out the Upcoming Shows page for ticket information and show details. Two shows are happening this week!
Presented by Burnett Middle School
850 North 2nd Street in San Jose
December 6 & 7 at 6:30 pm
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Presented by James Franklin Smith Elementary School
2220 Woodbury Lane in San Jose
December 6, 7 at 6:30 pm and Dec 8 at 1:30 and 6:30.
Starting Arts, in partnership with Dawnrunner Productions, is happy to announce that the following projects received the prestigious MarCom Awards!
The Arts: Brings Kids Back to Life– Starting Arts Education Commercial
The Darkest Matter– Official Movie Trailer from our summer film camp
What are the MarCom Awards?
The MarCom Awards is an internationally creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers. The competition has grown to perhaps the largest of its kind in the world. A look at the winners shows a range in size from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies. The competition is so well respected in the industry that national public relations organizations, local ad clubs, and local business communicator chapters are entrants.
From all of us at Starting Arts and Dawnrunner Production– we are very excited to be able to share this news, and are proud to be ranked among the prestigious and distinguished fellow MarCom winners!
Take a peek at the winning projects…
At Starting Arts we want to provide up to date information on arts education in the community. The California Alliance for Arts Education has conducted a School Board Candidate Voter Guide on arts education. This is a great opportunity for you to see if your local candidates support arts education.
- Ann Watts
Executive Director, Starting Arts
Thanks to the hard work of our network of local advocates and partner organizations, the California Alliance for Arts Education is pleased to bring voters the information they need to identify candidates who will stand up for arts education. Local school board candidates were invited to respond to four questions about funding, policy and their personal experience with the arts. Scroll down this page to read the responses we received from candidates in over sixty local races. To learn more about the project, click here. Read, share, vote!
I have been excited for a show called Halloween Wars on Food Network, where a cake designer, sculptor, and sugar artist team up to compete for a $50,000 prize. I will admit that my interest is heightened by the fact that an old high school friend of mine and amazing sculpture artist, Andy Bergholtz, is in the competition and is getting to show his very awesome talent on a national stage!
In my opinion, I think these reality shows are amazing advocacy tools. The artists featured in them are often struggling to receive recognition for their amazing talents, and showing them competing together is true entertainment! With the proliferation of singing competitions, dancing competitions, and even the megahit sitcom like Glee, the Arts are finally in a position of mass appeal equal to or possibly surpassing dating and physical competition shows, a real triumph!
If you haven’t already checked out the shows below, make an effort to set your DVR or even try to grab episodes from the internet. More than likely you’ve heard of a few of them, but perhaps some will be a new and welcomed discovery.
When I was in 6th grade, my school took a field trip to the Center for Performing Arts in downtown San Jose to see a performance. I remember feeling like this was the first time I had truly been given the responsibility of being a respectful audience member; I was expected to know better than to talk or eat or put my feet up on the chair in front of me during a performance. And something as simple as knowing when to clap went a long way. I was in a row full of middle school kids, so if you clapped when nobody else in the audience was clapping, it brought on a chorus of laughter at your expense. Luckily, my parents had been taking me to theater productions, concerts, The Nutcracker, and other live events for years. I knew what to expect and what was expected of me and that made me feel proud.
Live arts events can be a really positive experience for kids. When a child knows how to behave and what to expect it takes away the child’s anxiety about trying something new and let’s them soak up the culture in a carefree and exciting way; it makes the experience more enjoyable for the child, the parent, and the stranger sitting next to them who paid $100 for his seat and doesn’t want to be distracted by a texting 12 year old.
If you’re nervous about taking your child to their first live arts event, The Kennedy Center has put together some great tips on what to do before, during, and after the event that will make it a well-rounded, enriching experience.
Parenting can be a very dynamic task filled with copious amounts of problem solving, care taking, reflection, trial and error and most of all, lots and lots of social modeling. Most desire well-adjusted, positive children who can communicate, cooperate, and create. Certain positive behaviors are difficult for parents to foster alone. Interactions outside of the home with role models, educators, coaches, and peers are just as influential (or sometimes more influential) than parents. Enter the Arts… Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts can provide a rich source for parents to foster positive behaviors and characteristics.
These include but are not limited to: Pride, Focus, Finesse, Passion, Dexterity, Tolerance, Inspiration, Confidence, Commitment, Spatial Acuity, Physical Health, Improved Memory, Collaborative Skills, Healthy Risk-Taking, Problem-Solving Abilities, and Communication Proficiency.
Related Sources worth investigating more:
How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning By Mariko Nobori
10 Lessons the Arts Teach from the National Art Education Association.
As educators and parents we are all deeply concerned about the state of our educational systems. Huge funding cuts, elimination of the arts, increase in furlough days, ever burgeoning number of students per class and the list goes on.
Where do we start? How can we help our children? I want to share a terrific video by Sir Ken Robinson on YouTube that is both educational and humorous. He asks the question: Do Schools Kill Creativity?
1. Creativity is needed to prepare our children for a future society that we don’t even know and can’t predict.
2. All students have talent. As educators it is our responsibility to help them discover it.
3. Creativity is as important in education as literacy.
4. You must be prepared to make mistakes or you will not be able to come up with anything original.
Arts education is the gateway for children to keep their creativity alive and well. Arts education provides children with the tools to prepare themselves to be successful in an unknown future.
One key to encouraging creativity with kids (and adults) is to provide an accessible, welcoming place for creativity. This is easier said than done when space is limited, or there is no good place for “messes” to happen aside from the kitchen. Here are a few ideas to create this type of environment in your home.
Have a Multi-Functional Table
Having a table that is easily cleanable, that you don’t mind getting stained or damaged, and that has functionality is important for a creative space. The Norberg drop leaf table at IKEA is quite possibly the best option for a creative table if floor space is limited. The fold-away feature also allows space for other Arts activities like dancing, acting, and playing instruments or making music.
Organize art supplies
Sort material by type in to bins, cups and/or pockets . Recycling or re-purposing is always a great option to save money and be green.
Facilitate and Guide
And finally, don’t be shy about your reluctance to create. Most of the time, kids will create on their own, and the adult just needs to provide supervision, materials, and encouragement. Read more about facilitating creativity in this fabulous post by TinkerLab with 50 tips on making art with children. This post is a wonderful collection of answers from parents and experts to the following questions:
1) What do you wish you had known about making art with children?
2) What tips do you have for parents who are just starting out?
While you’re at it, learn more about Rachelle and gather more great advice on TinkerLab.
Labor day weekend is upon us. Summer’s last hurrah. 3 days of bbqs, parades, and enjoying outdoor activities with our friends and family. Labor Day not only celebrates the achievements of American workers, it is also a very real reminder that school is back in session. So savor this 3 day weekend because care free summer living (and wearing white) will be gone by Tuesday.
I don’t mean to sound ominous, I just want you to be prepared. We have some pretty amazing parents whose kids participate in Starting Arts programs and we want you to know that we’re on your side. In fact, here’s a helpful infographic to make living with a child of the 21st century a little easier:
While most of the info is LOL-worthy there are some nuggets of truth that I’m sure your children will appreciate. You can be that cool parent that says B-T-Dubs…just try not to cringe while you say it.
For those of you out there with kids who can’t make it through the school day without leaping to their locker or doodling on their math syllabus, Starting Arts is here to help! The Starting Arts Studios offer dance, music, and visual art classes everyday after school. Whether it’s your little one who needs to get her wiggles out after sitting in a classroom all day or your teenager who needs to brush up on his tap skills for school play auditions, we have something for all ages and skill levels!
Check out our full class descriptions, schedules, and enrollment Here. Between using the tips in the survival guide and enrolling your child in Starting Arts classes after school, your kids will definitely nominate you for parent of the year. Well, maybe they won’t go that far, but there will definitely be less eye rolling in your house…and that’s a win!