o you remember the first time art took your breath away? Maybe it was the pealing bells in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Maybe it was watching a dancer spin and leap, or an actor conjure up a story right before your eyes. Maybe it was seeing an artist create a new world with brush strokes and canvas. Whatever your moment, it struck a nerve and caught your breath. It was unexpected and it changed you.
ArtSPARKsv brings that moment of inspiration to your students. Two age-appropriate performances on the same day pair ballet, symphony, theater, or opera with a second event chosen to reflect the County’s cultural diversity -- for example, Taiko drumming, Mariachi, or South Indian dance. Classroom materials based on the new Common Core State Standards will support performances; transportation is provided, and the events are totally free to the school, district and students.
When ArtSPARKsv is fully operational, it will bring every 3rd through 6th grader in Santa Clara County to professional-quality arts experiences every year, giving them a shared basic cultural vocabulary and the “spark” that can ignite a lifelong pursuit of excellence.
Free to all Santa Clara County Schools. Busing is included.
At capacity, every student in grades 3–6 will be bused to an age-appropriate performance by a professional arts producer in its home facility (2012-13 season includes grades 3, 4 & 5 only).