For the 2017-18 school year, CLARA will maximize our resources and increase our impact and student reach by focusing our programs on three targeted SCUSD schools. We anticipate serving a minimum of 2,500 SCUSD students with over 2,000 hours of arts exposure and education outreach programs.

Students at these schools will receive 10-week artist residencies, school assemblies, interactive workshops, free tickets to performances, and scholarship opportunities to attend classes at CLARA.

  • Kindergarten: Ballet
  • 1st: French Arts & Culture
  • 2nd: Samba
  • 3rd: Irish Dance
  • 4th: Voice
  • 5: Theatre
  • 1-3 Special Day Classes: Capoiera

These spring classes, plus the fall semester of programs, have resulted in 100% of the students at Hollywood Park Elementary School receiving access to performing arts education this year.

90 students at Will C. Wood Middle School are receiving performing arts this spring, in the form of

  • The Guitar Project (10-week beginning guitar workshop)
  • Hip-Hop Dance (10-session residency taught by A.I.M Lab Artist-in-Residence)
  • Contemporary Dance¬†(taught by A.I.M Lab Artist-in-Residence)

Will C. Wood students will also participate in CLARA’s performing arts summer camp, where 50 students in 7th and 8th grades spend two weeks learning 15 different kinds of performing arts disciplines.

120 students at Luther Burbank High School are participating in “Arts Up Front,” where students get classroom visits from teaching artists and a field trip to watch the artists at work in rehearsal, before they are brought to the theater to experience a live performance. Participating students will either see The Arsonists at Capital Stage, or Carmina Burana at Sacramento Ballet. Another 30 students are experiencing a first-time collaboration between 916 Ink and Capital Stage, where students are guided through the creative writing process, and then given the tools to dramatize their original work. Learn more here.

Additionally, CLARA is participating with The Met’s internship program and partnering with Thousand Strong to provide Work-Based Learning internships to students at SCUSD high schools.

Primary funding for this year’s education programming comes from the Sacramento County, The Stuart Foundation, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, and Seasons Coffee.