The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is offering the Alt+Shift Program FREE to schools. This is a virtual school program best for grades 5–12.
Flexible scheduling is available on select Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Learn more here.
Use your imagination and creative spark to shift your perspective while exploring contemporary art. Rewind to the past or fast–forward to the future. Peer through a magnifying glass or gaze through a telescope. Examine an object, landscape, or system. Look through another person’s eyes. By imagining difference and considering alternative perspectives, students will put into play skills of critical thinking, adaptability, and empathy-building as they dynamically connect with and respond to contemporary art. Take an imaginative leap and join our learning and engagement specialists on this interactive 40-minute virtual field trip to SMoCA.
Please contact Charlotte Quinney, campus engagement coordinator, at [email protected] or call 480-874-4643 for further information or to make a booking.
I know this semester has been fraught with challenges! I hope you are all holding up as best as you can. Please know that you are in our thoughts at Arizona Theatre Company and we are eager to support the incredible work you do to take care of young people across this state!
I am excited to extend the opportunity to watch and listen to TWO amazing ATC productions for FREE with your students.
We offer you two unique virtual experiences that bring the arts to live in your classroom. You also have the option of inviting an artist from either production to come talk to your students. (There is a small fee for an artist visit)
It’s my hope you can use these two incredible plays to engage your students, spark conversation, and support your learning goals.
I have included detailed information below about each production. You can register by following the link here: Register by Clicking Here
Please do not hesitate to reach out and connect with me should you have any questions!
Lauren Gunderson, playwright of Silent Sky, returns to tell you her story as she wrestles with how you make peace with a beloved relative who seems unlike you in every way. This beautiful, funny mediation on her South Carolinian grandfather’s life draws on everything from Shakespeare’s King Lear to Bluegrass banjo in a soul-stirring story of legacy, family, Alzheimer’s, World War 2, redemption, love, madness, and the science of memory.
EDUCATION KEY WORDS & THEMES: Shakespeare, bluegrass, World War 2, Alzheimer’s, Health, Mental Health, Family, Identity, Grief, Coming of Age
Great for English, History, Social Studies, Psychology, Science, Health, Theatre, and Music classes
Middle school through College level
“I want to tell you about the deceiving simplicity of the confessional tone, about the way Gunderson weaves together King Lear and music lessons and even scientific asides about the empty space between dendrites that mysteriously house the memories in our own brains. I want to tell you all these things. But more than anything, I just want to tell you to see THE HEATH and experience the simple magic of theatre.” – Neil Shurley, BroadwayWorld.com
The audio play will be available beginning 5 PM on April 14th through 5 PM April 18th
AN ATC online digital musical as part of our Digital Season.
Inspired by Reina Quijada’s real life journey from El Salvador to the US and by L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Somewhere Over the Border embraces the factual and the fantastical in its depiction of one young girl’s pursuit of the American dream. As Reina travels north to the Mexican border, she gathers friends, faces down dangers and holds tight to the memory of the little boy she left behind. Set in the 1970s and propelled by Cumbia, Mexican Mariachi Boleros, American Rock and Hip Hop, this new musical is both fable and family history – and a testament to the determination born of love.
EDUCATION KEY WORDS & THEMES: The Wizard of Oz, Allegory, Classic Literature, Spanish Language, Immigration, Rock & Hip Hop Music, Mexican Music and Culture, US/Mexico Border, International Relations, 1970s, Southwest History, California, Arizona, Family, Identity, Coming of Age, Parenthood, Sacrifices
Great for English, History, Social Studies, Spanish, Latinx Studies, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Theatre, and Music classes
4th grade through College level
The digital musical will be available beginning 8 PM on May 4th through 8 PM May 8th
Arizona Opera’s Education Teaching Artists are ready to virtually join your class to provide a masterclass on the topic of your choice!
Masterclass topics include vocal technique, acting, opera history, career development/marketing/networking, performance anxiety, mental/physical health relating to performers, and individual or group coaching for classical singers, musical theatre, and mariachi! Available for ALL cities in Arizona- Bilingual masterclasses available!
The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education, will present a virtual peer-to-peer jazz informance on April 13, featuring this year’s edition of the Institute’s National Peer-to-Peer All-Star Jazz Septet. Hosted by U.S. Secretary of Education Dr.Miguel Cardona and 14-time GRAMMY Award-winning jazz legend Herbie Hancock, the “informance” – a combination of performance with educational information – will be presented by seven of the country’s most gifted high school music students along with renowned jazz educator Dr. JB Dyas. The informance will not only focus on what jazz is and why it’s important to America, but also on the American values jazz represents: teamwork, unity with ethnic diversity, the correlation of hard work and goal accomplishment, perseverance, democracy, and the vital importance of really listening to one another.