Education Through the Arts
Quietly (and not so quietly) at work outside of the spotlight, the Center’s Education Through the Arts program serves to enrich the lives of children and adults in our community through a broad range of learning opportunities. One of the leading programs of its kind nationwide, the Center’s approach to arts education is both unique and highly effective. It not only teaches about the arts (music, theater, dance, and visual art) but also uses the arts as a dynamic tool for teaching and learning all core subjects, such as math, science, and literature. Hence the name: Education THROUGH the Arts.
For Schools Serving Grades PK-12
The Center’s Education Through the Arts programs are committed to offering teachers and students a variety of programs that support Common Core Standards using the arts. Studies show the arts encourage creativity, build community, and improve test scores. We want every teacher to integrate the arts into their lesson plans and we have something for every school, teacher, and student! Our distinguished education programs serve each and every grade level, while tying in to your curriculum and meeting Common Core Standards.
Music for Schools is brimming with free instruments and resource materials, all available for loan.
Our School Shows target grades from PK to 12 and offer free online resources so you can prepare students for your trip to the theater with our Set the Stage program, with study guides and more. New this year, teachers can extend their field trips to the Center with our Art Talks program offering free guided tours of our sculpture garden.
Students have an opportunity to display art work four times per year with our Student Art Exhibit located in our administrative office hallway.
As part of the esteemed Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program, Professional Development: Arts Integration Tools for Teachers offers dynamic workshops throughout the year held at the Sonoma County Office of Education during the school day.
For Adult Learners
For adults, we support life-long learning through the arts by providing Pre- and Post-Show Discussions to add greater understanding and enjoyment to the performing arts experience and Master Classes presented by world-class performing artists.
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Education Through the Arts programs are aligned with Sonoma County’s Upstream Investments policy.
The Arts Center’s education programs are highly subsidized in order to keep costs affordable for all. Thanks to the generosity our community, we serve more than 30,000 children and adults annually. THANK YOU!