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Education and Community Programs

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is committed to providing all residents in this region with opportunities to enhance their knowledge of and appreciation for the performing arts. This includes students from elementary school through the university level, educators and individuals who simply want to broaden their experiences but not in a structure that is strictly academic. These programs achieve two especially important objectives: they develop the audiences of the future and, by integrating the arts into the standard curriculum, enhance learning, creative thinking, cognitive and social skills.

Segerstrom Center's Education and Community Programs Department works hand-in hand with many boards of education and school districts to support and assist them in ensuring the success of their students and teachers. Among the department's outstanding projects are:

  Family Series
Entertaining and enlightening performances for your family in the new Samueli Theater. Designed primarily for ages 4-8, this series offers an exciting introduction to the performing arts. Professional artists from around the world perform shows that are produced specifically for family audiences. Performances also include free, fun activities for family to enjoy together before and after the shows.
  Masters at the Center Masters at the Center
Our Masters at the Center program brings the best talent the world has to offer to career-bound students from all over Southern California. Artists have ranged from Broadway and television stars such as Megan Mullally and Barbara Cook to jazz great Kurt Elling to master teachers conducted by ballet masters from the world's leading dance companies. These intimate classes allow students to interact with world-class artists and receive immediate feedback with lasting value and instant application toward furthering their aspirations of a professional career in the arts.
  On Stage at the Center On Stage at the Center
Distinguished performing arts companies from around the world present educational programming to local students. These shows are designed as a starting point to stimulate greater understanding and appreciation of the performing arts. Teacher guides and student activity guides are developed for each event to continue the learning experience after the performance.
  Summer at the Cetner Summer at the Center
This nationally recognized program gives at-risk high school students the opportunity to experience the performing arts while learning to achieve goals, relate to others and build self-esteem. The intensive two-week workshop culminates with a free performance open to the public.
  The Center's Arts Teach

The Center's Arts Teach
Segerstrom Center has an extensive roster of more than 75 professional artists in music, dance, theater and visual arts from around the globe who specialize in performing for school assemblies, family nights, student workshops, teacher professional development and residencies. These occur at the Segerstrom Center, in schools and at community venues throughout Southern California. Arts Teach is an enriching arts-in-education program that provides the wonder and excitement of live performance and hands-on activities to schools and community organizations.

The Center's Arts Teach Educator Professional Development
This Segerstrom Center program offers seminars and workshops throughout the year at the Center and in schools as well as the annual five-day summer leadership institute, Teaching and Learning in the Arts: Building Capacity for Student Success. These present approaches to teaching with the arts, skill and technique building in the arts, resource information and assessment strategies. Continuing education credit is provided by the University of California, Irvine Extension. It is held in partnership with the Orange County Department of Education and the Orange County Museum of Art.

  The Center's ArtsConnect The Center's ArtsConnect
ArtsConnect is a long term partnership with five elementary schools in Orange County and two elementary schools in the San Bernardino City Unified District. This innovative residency program integrates the arts into curriculum and instruction through a series of teacher professional development sessions, classroom resources, performances and hands-on activities led by a roster of Master Teaching Artists who conduct student workshops related to specific learning concepts. ArtsConnect demonstrates the positive impact the arts have on education, including academic achievement, social development and motivation for learning. The program is presented in association with the Orange County Department of Education.
  6 Days of Broadway

6 Days of Broadway
Join Segerstrom Center for the Arts' cast of Six Days of Broadway! Our two different one-week musical theater intensives are in the Dodge Education Center. Students will be introduced to musical theater technique and repertoire, taught by some of the industry's leading professional artists and educators. These programs will focus on building a strong foundation of technique in Broadway music, scene work and dance as well as an introduction to the business aspects of working as a professional theater actor. At the end of the week, parents and friends will be invited to join us for an informal presentation highlighting the week's efforts and showcasing our talented "cast."

at the Center
Internship Program
Segerstrom Center for the Arts' internship program offers an exciting opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to gain professional experience by working side-by-side with administrators, extraordinary artists, and technicians. Interns undertake a variety of projects, which provide a challenging educational experience for them, while meeting the needs of the Segerstrom Center. Intern assignments depend upon the qualifications and interest of the applicant, as well as the specific needs of each department. The Center directors and managers provide focused professional supervision and experience to each intern assigned to their departments.
  The Center Docents The Center Docents
Members of this dedicated volunteer group give guided public tours of Segerstrom Center and assist at special events.

Segerstrom Center gratefully acknowledges grants in support of education and outreach by
The Boeing Company
Edison International
Kling Family Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
Fairchild Martindale Foundation
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Segerstrom Center gratefully acknowledges generous endowment gifts for education and community programs by
Swenson Family Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation
Nora and Charles Hester and the Hester Family Foundation Endowment for Education Programs
William Randolph Hearst Foundation

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