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Discover, Engage: Education & Community Programs
Discover, Engage! With Cal Performances Education and Community Programs

Cal Performances provides a vital link to artistic excellence for the University and Bay Area communities, including thousands of children per year. Our diverse programs feature lectures, master classes, symposia, and behind-the-scenes encounters with the artists on our stages, so that our entire community can experience the very best of the performing arts.

UC Berkeley Students: Cal Performances provides exclusive activities for UC Berkeley students, with residencies, master classes, workshops, and lecture demonstrations with visiting artists. The Mellon Foundation has recently awarded us a generous 5-year grant to deepen our academic programs, including courses and symposia built around each season.

Student Musical Activities is a thriving center for extra-curricular music on the UC Berkeley campus. SMA, a department within Cal Performances, is home to the University of California Marching Band, UC Jazz Ensembles, and UC Choral Ensembles (UCCE). UCCE includes the UC Men's Octet, California Golden Overtones, Cal Jazz Choir, Perfect Fifth, UC Men's Chorale, UC Women's Chorale, Noteworthy, BareStage Productions, and UC Alumni Chorus.

Cal Performances also sponsors SAFTA (Student Ambassadors for the Arts), a student led committee that arranges events and special promotions around performances and visiting artists.

Sightlines and Artist Talks: Pre-and post-performance talks by the artists on our stages and scholars in our community to add insights into the performance. Sightlines are 30 minutes long, take place in the performance venue, and are free to event ticket holders. Artist Talks are generally moderated, hour-long talks with the artists themselves and take the shape of a special event that is free and open to the public.

SchoolTime: Over the past 25 years, many thousands of Bay Area schoolchildren have experienced the performing arts at weekday performances in Zellerbach Hall featuring the same outstanding music, dance, theater, and acrobatic programs featured on our main season. Customized study guides offer tools for teachers to integrate the arts into their core curriculum.

Cal Performances in the Classroom is a comprehensive arts integration program comprised of a professional development workshop for teachers; classroom work with teaching artists; and a culminating SchoolTime performance. Designed to increase student engagement and understanding, this program was created with the Berkeley Unified School District as a team of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Partnerships Program.

Teens Empowered by Music and Performance Opportunities (TEMPO) provides music instruction for youth in alternative school environments. Partnering with the Alameda County Office of Education and CALSafe, a program that provides essential life skills for parenting teens, TEMPO's musical foundation opens possibilities the students may not otherwise encounter. Each unit includes performance tickets.

Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp at Cal Performances: A tuition free summer program inspired by Alvin Ailey and fully funded and run by Cal Performances. Dance instruction in four disciplines—modern, ballet, African, and Jazz—is complemented by personal development and creative communication classes that develop self-esteem discipline and critical thinking in youth ages 11-14.

Residencies and Master Classes: Cal Performances provides direct instruction through artistic residencies by visiting artists. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, conductor/composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Kronos Quartet (highlights among a long list) have provided master classes for young artists in the schools and in the music, dance and theater departments at UC Berkeley.

Creative Impact: Cal Performances plays an increasingly major role in this local consortium of Arts Educators, preparing for National Arts Education Week in September and planning a yearlong calendar of arts education highlights.

Annual Public Forum on Arts Education: Inspired by the November 2012 Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra residency, Cal Performances produced a two day forum on Music Education, focusing on the El Sistema model originated in Venezuela and being adopted worldwide. Cal Performances continues to lead music education advocacy efforts by convening local music educators. In 2013-14, we are considering a Forum on the Arts and the new Common Core standards.