“This is one of the many great partnerships that sets IUSD apart from other school districts, especially in arts education,” said Brad Van Patten, IUSD Arts Coordinator. “ArtsReach offers our students the opportunity to further develop their interest in and passion for the arts.”
Stressing hands-on interaction with professional artists and access to meaningful main-stage performances, ArtsReach activities include performance attendance, pre- and post-performance Q&A’s, master classes, in-school workshops, lecture/demonstrations, behind-the-scenes tours, artist interviews and “family days.” In addition, the Barclay provides teachers with support and training materials.
The 2018/19 ArtsReach programs include:
•On October 2, 2018, 500 high school students will be treated to a behind-the-scenes treat as the winner of nine Grammy awards and a Pulitzer Prize in music, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra sound check and prepare for their performance on stage. An interactive Q&A dialogue will follow the sound check
•On October 19, 2018, young jazz prodigy Grace Kelly and a band member will play a selection of jazz tunes and share her life story with 300 junior high students in the audience. Kelly will also interact with the students, answer questions and provide professional advice
•In January 2019, 800 students will participate in JazzReach, a program that teaches kids about music, the icons of jazz, and jazz’s place in American history
•On March 25, 2019, Irvine’s most-talented young jazz artists will own the Barclay stage for a night. The five high-school jazz ensembles will meet for dynamic music making with special guest artists
•On April 16, 2019, the Barclay will host IUSD’s 33rd Annual Teacher of the Year Awards that will honor 40 top IUSD instructors among their peers.
ArtsReach is designed to foster a greater appreciation, awareness and understanding of a variety of art forms. These activities are specifically aimed at serving students from grade school through university, and individuals from diverse geographic, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
“The Irvine Unified School District is a valued partner and we are thrilled to be in a position to give back to Irvine youth,” said Barclay President Jerry Mandel. “The ongoing outreach activities we offer these students are transformative in positively impacting their lives and broadening their appreciation for the arts.”