February Education News from #YourLBC
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Show some love for Arts Education!

You’re invited to the next SoCo AEA Mix and Mingle!

In May of 2022, members of the Sonoma County State of Arts Education hosted by the Sonoma County Arts Education Alliance had the option of participating in a breakout session focusing on visioning and goal setting within our community, facilitated by LBC Director of Education Ashleigh Worley and Nikko Kimzin, founder of Kimzin Creative. There was an overwhelming request for more opportunities to network, and thus, the SoCo AEA Mix and Mingle was born. This informal gathering has continued every few months at different venues from Santa Rosa to Petaluma, allowing participants to learn more about the arts education all around the county. Given our mission to connect the community through the arts, assisting with organizing these mixers is a natural extension of our work. These events typically see anywhere from 35-70 arts educators and advocates in attendance!

Register for the next SoCo AEA Mix and Mingle on March 27!

Our CARE program is growing

In addition to two weekly drama classes, we’re now offering two weekly dance classes to children residing at Catholic Charities’ Caritas Center through our Creative Arts for Resilience and Expression (CARE) program. Classes run throughout the school year, providing a much-needed source of stable, after-school enrichment for children who haven’t had consistent access to housing. Our teaching artists help participants express themselves in a safe, fun environment, building their self-confidence and social-emotional skills. We are so grateful for this partnership with Catholic Charities for giving us the chance to reach children who need the arts the most.

Upcoming School Shows

Cat Kid Comic Club: The Musical

by TheaterWorksUSA

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

9:30 am & 11:30 am

Grades 1-5

Cat Kid and Molly Pollywog have started an epic club to teach 21 rambunctious baby frogs how to make their own comics! Their fishy father, Flippy, is overjoyed that his kids will learn to unleash their creativity, but when the frogs’ constant bickering and outrageous imaginations send their comics comically off the rails, Flippy flips out! Will the club survive? Will the frogs ever get along? And will creativity finally save the day? All will be answered in this madcap musical based on Dav Pilkey’s irreverently hilarious Cat Kid books, a spin-off of his hit Dog Man series.

Register now

University of Wonder & Imagination

by Cahoots of Northern Ireland

Monday, March 11, 2024

9:30 am

Grades 2-6

The University of Wonder & Imagination is now enrolling students of all ages and magical abilities… and there’s a place for your class! Journey to the most unusual of universities where the mysterious Professor Bamberg will guide you through this interactive theater experience, and the choices you, the audience, make will shape your unique course. Choose your subjects of study and enter spaces themed for Math, Space, and Art! Interact with the liveliest of lecturers and encounter all manner of problems and puzzles, unlocking magical powers as you go. Cahoots combines magic and illusion with multi-media technology to create an innovative, engaging theatrical performance that’s bound to boggle the mind and spark the imagination.

Space is limited!

Register now

Literature to Life®’s production of
The Giver by Lois Lowry

Wednesday, April 10, 2024
11:30 am 

Grades 6-9

This stage adaptation features verbatim portions of the critically acclaimed novel The Giver. In a dystopian world where all predictable, 12-year-old Jonas is selected to receive the memories of a far different life. During his training, the buried truth about the world he was born into becomes hauntingly clear. This powerful performance explores themes of individuality, ethics, and social constructs.

11:30 am performance added due to popular demand!

Register now

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

by tutti frutti and
York Theatre Royal of England

Monday, May 6, 2024

9:30 am & 11:30 am

Grades K-5

A beautiful wintery tale adapted from Aesop’s classic fable. Throughout the long winter, Silas sits high on a mountain, reluctantly watching over his family’s flock of sheep. His mum and grandad count on him, but he’s bored, while below, his village is full of happy knitters, clicking their needles and crafting projects for the annual knitting competition. To shake things up, Silas cries “wolf” to make the villagers come running, but what happens when they discover his trick? A gifted ensemble of actor-musicians sing and dance to bring all the delightful characters to life, including hilarious sheep and perhaps a scary wolf or two!

Register now
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Artists in the Schools Spotlight


Math Dance

Grades: K-3

Subject: Dance, Math

Instructor: Bridget Palmer

Turn math into fun movement, and you’ve got a learning equation that can’t be beat! Speaking of beats… This delightful residency links creative movement, dance, music, and imagination to energize your students through a memorable embodied exploration of the central math topics they need to master this year. The residency’s goal is to make math learning fun and simple, while helping your students practice the Social Emotional Learning skills of spatial awareness, listening, and self-control.

Request this program
See all Artists in the Schools programs here

Upcoming Professional Development


Brushes for Change: Art as a Path to Cultural Understanding

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Instructor: Dr. Erika Powell

Virtual - $10 each

Art is a powerful medium that gives voice to our diverse range of lived experiences. It is our one true global language. This workshop recognizes the power of the creative arts to deepen cultural understanding and to forge meaningful connections. In this hands-on experiential session, participants will learn simple arts-based and creative mindfulness techniques that they can use with students and colleagues to explore cultural differences, foster intercultural dialogue and cross-cultural understanding, build bridges of empathy, respond to challenging world events, and to break down barriers to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment both in and out of the classroom.

Register now


Understanding Neurodiversity: Building Compassion and Understanding for All Learners

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Instructor:  Dr. Julia VanderVennet

LBC Education Studio
$10 each

Whether in a classroom setting, after school or summer camp program, as an administrator, teacher, teaching artist, or service provider, you work with neurodivergent children and adults every day. What is the experience of neurodivergent learners and how can you ensure that the environment is inclusive? This workshop explores the four most common disabilities that you may encounter in your daily work. Through simulated activities and label decoding, participants will understand more about the unique experiences of their wonderfully unique neurodivergent students.

Register now
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Information about scholarship opportunities is available here.
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In memory and honor of Selma Mayer Isenberg and her son, Jean Isenberg
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New England Foundation for the Arts
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A special thank you to Norma J. Person, in Memory of Evert Person, for Evert Person’s ArtReach and The Evert Person Bus Fund.

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