Posted January 31, 2024

A VERY Educational Month

The Center's Education team is in overdrive through the month of February!

The Center’s small but mighty Education team has packed the second half of this school year with fantastic arts education opportunities for local students. Can they accomplish it all? Yes. Yes, they can. These are good folks doing good work – the world needs more of them.

Let’s check out what they’ll be up to in February and beyond!

February 2
The History of Hip-Hop

On February 2, over 700 students will be treated to the next Open Stages act –Rennie Harris Puremovement’s dance program, The Historyof Hip-Hop. The students will LOVE it. Kudos to the partnership with TITAS/ DANCE UNBOUND for making this FREE student matinee shindig possible.  

Rennie Harris Puremovement in action!

February 12
Setting the Stage

Backstage Spotlight  Dallas and Richardson ISD students backstage pass to the world of set design. It’s hands-on, it’s technical, and it’s the kind of experience that makes textbooks jealous.

February 15
North Texas Ballet Folklorico Contest: We Have a Cunning Plan 

The Third Annual North Texas Ballet Folklorico Contest takes over the Wyly Theatre once again! The game plan? After the contest is another smashing success, we’ll present our three years of collected data to the UIL Board in Austin this summer and make a compelling case for a statewide UIL competition for Ballet Folklorico school groups. We’re playing artistic chess over here.

Ballet Folklorico!!

February 18
Artsbridge: Toyota’s Symphony of Success!

Thanks to Artsbridge: Powered by Toyota, West Dallas strings students are gearing up for a performance in the historic Majestic Theatre during Black Violin’s encore on February 18. This is a chance of a lifetime for these young musicians!

Black Violin with students in 2019

Virtual Monologue Contest: Lights, Camera, Drama! 

This month the Center has received a record number of entries for the Fourth Annual Virtual Monologue Contest! The contest gives high school theatre students access to high quality feedback, professional coaching, and an opportunity to have their monologues professionally filmed. For the first time in the contest’s history, the top ten finalists will be invited to an in-person awards ceremony on the Center’s campus. Cue the dramatic music…

🌈 Beyond February

February is just the opening act! The rest of the semester includes The Fifth Annual Young Women’s Leadership Conference, Open Stages events for Chicago and Hamilton, the Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share in April and so much more!