West Valley Arts Council

Arts Season 2006-2007

Arts Programs

WVAC Arts Programs and Resources

 

 

 

 

Arts Advantage

Arts Education Programs

 

Gallery 37

 

Missoula

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to West Valley Arts Center

A Message from the Executive Director

ARTS EDUCATION

The West Valley Arts Council has long been a champion for arts education throughout the West Valley, a mission that is increasingly important as arts programs are pulled from the public school system. WVAC is already gaining recognition across the state and nation as a significant force in arts education. The Council provides arts education and initiatives that directly serve more than 40,000 children annually. Students aged 5-19 are provided with arts programming that, without the Council, would simply not exist. The Council is uniquely qualified to provide these programs to the region as an organization that serves all types of arts organizations and art forms.

WVAC Arts Education Programs include:

Arts Advantage: These 60-minute performances feature a variety of artists in order to expose elementary-age students to many art forms. More than 1,000 students participate each year.

Missoula Children’s Theatre: This one-week residency for students aged 5-18 introduces participants them to the world of live theatre. The program starts with auditions and ends with a full staged performance of a classic fairytale. Missoula fills a void for student who would otherwise have to travel outside of the community for theatrical experience.

Multi-District Partnerships: WVAC continues to build relationships with and offer services to all school districts in the West Valley.

Gallery 37: This school-to-work apprenticeship program results in the creation and permanent placement of a professional piece of public art. Students are exposed to a variety of career opportunities within the arts and are placed in an environment that cultivates interest in furthering their arts education.

Arts Education Partnership: Current partnerships include: Agua Fria Union High School and the elementary districts of Buckeye, Liberty, Littleton, and Tolleson. Arts Education Partnerships support West Valley educators and students, connecting them with organizations, artists, and arts experiences.

Artist Residencies: In school events that are related to the performing art series have included:

  • Missoula: One week residency culminating in a public performance. Includes basics of voice, movement, stage, props, set and costume.
  • Calo Flamenco with Chris Jacome: Master class for local high school dance students to learn the art of flamenco dancing.
  • Phoenix Theatre Workshops for theatre and music students to strengthen skills in acting, improv, and musical theatre.
  • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: Master class for local high school dance students to learn modern dance and ballet movements, and what it takes to become a professional dancer.
  • Quartetto Gelatto: Each member will introduce their instrument, play a short piece, and talk about their musical background.
  • Phoenix Symphony Pops Concert: Symphony members visit with local schools, share their instruments with the students, perform, and answer questions.
  • Ballet AZ: Student matinee performance along with 2 master classes for local high school dance students.