Cultural Connections Through the Arts
Cultural Connections Through the Arts is the flagship education program of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Inspired by the Center’s annual season of performances, Cultural Connections Residency Program supports core class curricula for grades kindergarten through high school. Artist residencies, lectures and master classes led by professional local and national touring artists offer an accessible way to exchange ideas and promote cultural diversity and global awareness for students across the Valley. Residency leaders attend assessment training to align with Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards. To complete the experience, participating students return to the Center to perform and celebrate their artistic accomplishments at the annual Arts Education Showcase.
Arizona Wolf Trap
Affiliated with the National Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning, the nation’s premier provider of early-childhood education, Arizona Wolf Trap brings art into the lives of children in Head Start and other preschool programs. Wolf Trap utilizes music, movement and creative drama as powerful teaching strategies to help children master a variety of skills such as language development, concentration, self-discipline, memory, verbalization and positive self-image.
The centerpiece of Arizona Wolf Trap is the classroom residency, comprised of 14 sessions in which professional Wolf Trap-approved performing artists and early-childhood educators collaborate to translate instructional goals into drama, music and movement experiences designed to meet classroom objectives.
Each year, Arizona Wolf Trap partners with 60+ preschool classrooms creating opportunities for more than 1,500 children to experience the energy and excitement of the arts delivered through classroom residencies and special field trips to Herberger Theater Center and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Regional Director: Frances E. Cohen
Wolf Trap Teaching Artists: Sam Anderson, Susan Bendix, Charlene Brown, Cynthia Elek, Leslie Haddad, Patti Hannon, Diane Hunt, Jeff Jones, Jeffrey Sadow, Mark Vanek
View biographies of Wolf Trap Teaching Artists
William L. and Ruth T. Pendleton Memorial Fund
The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation
Kennedy Center Partners in Education
Kennedy Center Partners in Education is a nationwide program designed to expand educational partnerships between community arts centers and local school districts. The primary purpose of these partnerships is to provide professional development opportunities for teachers, which is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the literacy of young people.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) and Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVUSD), provides participatory workshops that help teachers learn techniques for integrating the arts into classroom curricula while documenting student progress. Workshops also provide strategies to implement the Arizona Arts Standards, College Career Readiness (CCR) and Common Core practices into daily lessons. Additionally, Professional Learning Communities (PLC) are created to foster a collaborative learning environment where teachers mentor teachers, therefore expanding the reach and impact of the program within the educational community.
Teachers in SUSD and PVUSD may be eligible to attend.
Call Tammy Hinds at (480) 874-4627 for more details.
Paiute Neighborhood Center
and Vista Del Camino Community Center
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ education department works closely with staff at Scottsdale’s Paiute Neighborhood Center to provide artistic experiences for youth and seniors and to enhance summer and after-school programs. Professional artists help develop participants’ confidence and creativity through theater games, movement exercises, creative writing workshops, music and visual arts classes, and more. Students from Tonalea, Tavan and ANLC elementary schools, as well as Ingleside Middle School and Arcadia High School have participated in this free community program.
The education programs of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts are supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.