Teaching Possibility & Keeping The Arts in Schools
Sunset Center produces an arts-in-education program called Classroom Connections which brings our featured performers to regional schools. This is a unique and comprehensive program that engages the youth of our region in a series of workshops and performances designed to foster imagination, confidence, and a sense of possibility.
Why Classroom Connections?
Classroom Connections is a program that gives children an intimate, hands-on experience of the connection between process and product. Seeing a finished product—a play or a painting—can be fun and rewarding. Our goal is to empower children by breaking down the process of creating an artistic product step-by-step with the artists themselves.
Our message is that success is not mysterious or unattainable. On the contrary, everyone can achieve their goals by developing the skills and determination to succeed; in baseball, business or ballet.
Since 2008, we have worked with almost 6,500 students, and our artists are as diverse as our students! We have programmed modern dance, jazz, magic and much more. Our students range from kindergarten to high school and special needs to at-risk, throughout Monterey County. Sunset Center believes in the potential of children; our goal is to help them believe in themselves.
All of these opportunities are offered at no cost to the schools.
How it works:
Visit 1. Preparing the Students
The Sunset Center education program coordinator discusses appropriate theatre etiquette, prepares students for the artist visits and presents a lesson of activities which include artistic perception, creative expression, and historical and cultural context.
Visit 2. Artists Visit the Classroom
The artist takes the students through the process of creating their particular art form. This includes inspiration, conception, rehearsal and discussion.
Visit 3. Students and Teachers see a performance at Sunset Center
The students and teachers attend a one hour matinee performance by the artists at Sunset Center. This is followed by a question-and-answer session.
Visit 4. Follow-up Lesson
The program coordinator returns to each classroom to lead a post-performance discussion of aesthetic valuing, critiquing, and a follow-up lesson with suggestions for continuing activities.
Classroom Connections would not be possible without generous support from individual donors and the following organizations:
Carmel Music Society "Clarissa Lyons, soprano. Winner of the 2012 CMS Vocal Competition"
Friday, May 31 at 8:00 pm Carmel Music Society "2013 Piano Competition Finals and Winners Concert"
Saturday, June 1 at 10:00 am Smuin Ballet Spring Program
Friday, June 7 at 8:00 pm CAPA Spring Recital
Friday, June 14 at 6:00 pm CAPA Spring Recital
Saturday, June 15 at 6:00 pm CAPA Spring Recital
Sunday, June 16 at 6:00 pm Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew
Friday, August 16 at 8:00 pm Los Lonely Boys
Wednesday, September 4 at 8:00 pm Vince Gill
Sunday, October 27 at 7:30 pm