LBC Programs Extend the Enrichment Potential of School Shows

While School Shows do put a feather in our cap as Sonoma County’s predominant and far-reaching nonprofit arts education resource, several correlative LBC programs, including Set the Stage, Art Talks, Master Classes & Student Clinics, and From Page to Stage, play equally important roles by extending the enrichment potential of this critical classroom connection. Read how the first three work to enhance the School Show experience, and enjoy this separate story about a donor’s encounter with our From Page to Stage program.

How We “Set the Stage” for School Shows with Classroom Resources

“When students watch stories unfold on stage through our School Shows, they gain a deeper understanding of various subjects, including literature, history, and culture,” said Melanie Weir, Associate Director of Education and Community Engagement. “They experience a profound connection between classroom learning and real-life experiences.” To further reinforce that connection, LBC provides educators with free online resources through our Set the Stage program.

Set the Stage includes study guides tailored to each performance, classroom discussion points, and activities to prepare students for their field trip to the LBC. One set of activities includes a coloring page, a word-find puzzle, and a crossword puzzle to facilitate discussion about theater etiquette. Performance-specific materials are prepared and posted on the LBC website several weeks prior to the performance.

Connecting Budding Artists with Professional School Show Artists

LBC offers several master classes and student clinics to Sonoma County’s budding artists when the artists who provide them are in town to perform in one of our school or family shows. While these offerings vary, depending on the artist and genre, the arts enrichment remains the same: improved skills, expanded boundaries, renewed love of the genre, and inspiration and motivation from professional touring artists.

Master Classes, usually for students with advanced skills and Student Clinics for students just learning a craft provide the community with unique opportunities to interact directly with professional, world-renowned master artists, representing a variety of artistic genres. Participants gain new knowledge, inspiration, and hands-on learning experiences. By working closely with these artists, they investigate their own creative potential and are encouraged to develop a life-long appreciation of the arts. Thanks to the generosity of Rodney Strong Dance Series, this year, master classes have been scheduled with Parsons Dance and Hālau Hula Ka No’eau, and Calidanza Dance Company led a student clinic. Flor de Toloache also will provide a master class this year.

Visual Art “Detour” Elevates School Show Field Trips

LBC’s popular Sculpture Garden allows educators to extend and enrich their School Show field trip to LBC with a self-guided tour of outdoor art in a natural and calming setting.

Before or after their matinee performance, students can safely explore the Sculpture Garden, its main exhibit, as well as the landscape, bridges, and walkways. Its giant oak trees offer shady seating where classes can discuss their recent experience at a School Show.

LBC opened the Sculpture Garden in 2015 as a gift to our North Bay community. With the support of Sutter Hospital and other generous donors, the Sculpture Garden presents rotating works from contemporary regional artists who create monumental outdoor art that becomes incorporated into the landscaped natural setting. The LBC’s current exhibition for the outdoor Sculpture Garden, Geometry in Art, is running now through September 2025.

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