Education

Education & Community Engagement 

Society for the Performing Arts' Education & Community Engagement Department creates affordable opportunities for the discovery, development and celebration of creativity on and off stage by engaging all people in the Houston area through diverse programs and cultural partnerships. From professional development for teachers to pre-performance activities for the whole family, SPA's education and community engagement programs offer something for everyone!

Arts Talks are pre-performance discussions and demonstrations led by touring artists, artistic directors or local experts. These short lectures provide context and insight prior to each main stage presentation.

Performance Preludes highlight local performing arts groups within the Houston community by offering performance opportunities in front of SPA audiences prior to each main stage presentation. Sponsored by HEB.

Master Classes provide local dancers and musicians the rare opportunity to learn from SPA’s world class touring artists and are held in community centers and schools all over the Houston area.

Student Matinees introduce thousands of students to the performing arts through discounted daytime performances geared specifically for K-8 audiences. TEKS-aligned study guides that focus on STEM and arts integration are provided for each matinee performance.

Teacher Workshops are professional development opportunities for K through 12 educators. Whether a dance teacher is looking for new techniques or a science teacher wants to integrate the arts into the core curriculum, SPA provides workshops with teaching tools and strategies that work. Sponsored by Conoco Phillips.

The Wells Fargo Student Art Contest, now in its 18th year, aligns with one of SPA’s main stage presentations, which serves as inspiration for the contest. Hundreds of students submit their artwork to SPA each season; winning entries are showcased in exhibits all around the Houston area.

Artist Residencies give students personal access to SPA’s touring artists from around the globe. Artists visiting Houston as a part of an extended residency engage students through master classes, demonstrations and conversations over several days.

Movement Toward Literacy is a partnership with Writers in the Schools that explores the connections between the written and spoken word and dance to support learning and creativity in the classroom. Sponsored by Phillips 66.

Education Discounts like the Student Series and Teacher Club offer discounts to students and teachers for evening main stage performances.  


If you have any questions or would like to request additional information, please email education@spahouston.org.
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Arts Integration 101 Workshop

Arts Integration 101 Workshop

Educator Sessions
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM Thursday, February 18, 2016

Rehearsal Room, Jones Hall
What is “arts integration?” How does it benefit the general education classroom? Learn the answers to these questions and more as you explore ways to authentically integrate the broad spectrum of arts-based learning into core curriculum. Dinner will be provided. After the workshop, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Jones Hall! Earn 2.5 CPE hours.
Arts Talk for The Band of the Royal Marines and The Pipes and Drums of the Scots Guard

Arts Talk for The Band of the Royal Marines and The Pipes and Drums of the Scots Guard

ArtsTalk
7:00 PM - 7:20 PM Friday, February 19, 2016

Row WA, Jones Hall
Join us for a free pre-performance discussion with Captain Charles Craven, Tour Office for The Band of the Royal Marines and The Pipes and Drums of the Scots Guard.
Arts Talk for Cameron Carpenter

Arts Talk for Cameron Carpenter

ArtsTalk
7:00 PM - 7:20 PM Friday, March 4, 2016

Cullen Alcove, Wortham Center
Join us for a free pre-performance discussion with Yuri McCoy, a second year doctoral student at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. 

In addition to his studies, McCoy is also Associate Organist at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church.  McCoy received a MMus in piano performance in 2010 from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. While studying in Hawai'i, McCoy held the position of organ scholar of St. Andrew's Cathedral for four years working under canon precentor John Renke. Yuri McCoy is the winner of the Concert of Soloists Competition, the WVMTA Mountain State Collegiate Piano Competition, and the Belle and Lynum Jackson Competion. McCoy received his BFA in piano performance with Magna Cum Laude distinctions from Marshall University in the Spring of 2008.


H-E-B Performance Prelude for Cameron Carpenter

H-E-B Performance Prelude for Cameron Carpenter

Performance Preludes
7:25 PM - 7:45 PM Friday, March 4, 2016

Grand Foyer, Wortham Center
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by cellist Kian Raissian. 

ABOUT KIAN
After being exposed to various genres of music by my parents, I chose the cello when I was four years old after I saw Yo Yo Ma and Itzakh Perlman playing at the Academy Awards. I shouted ecstatically at Yo Yo Ma’s cello, saying “I want to play that!” Since then, I have been a part of Rice University’s Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at the Shepherd School of Music. In 2014, I was privileged to be chosen as a Texas Young Master, an honor granted to 20 young artists in Texas by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust. The award came with a $5000 grant spread over the course of two years to help pursue my artistic endeavors such as attending Madeline Island Music Camp in the summer of 2014 and also to continue to be part of the Preparatory Program at the Shepherd School of Music during the 2014-2015 school year. I was featured in an article in the Houston Chronicle about the award and my passion to collaborate with other musicians. I also was a guest speaker at the Texas Medal of the Arts 2015 and a guest performer at Ballet Austin’s Butler Fellowship Program Spring Performance. I was also a finalist in the Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition, and a winner of the 2015 Houston Young Artists Competition.
Arts Talk for Vilde Frang

Arts Talk for Vilde Frang

ArtsTalk
6:00 PM - 6:20 PM Sunday, March 6, 2016

Cullen Alcove, Wortham Center
Join us for a free pre-performance discussion with Boson Mo, DMA candidate at Rice University. 
H-E-B Performance Prelude for Vilde Frang

H-E-B Performance Prelude for Vilde Frang

Performance Preludes
6:25 PM - 6:45 PM Sunday, March 6, 2016

Grand Foyer, Wortham Center
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by Dolce Strings.
Dance Master Class with La Compagnie Hervé Koubi

Dance Master Class with La Compagnie Hervé Koubi

Dance Master Classes
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Thursday, March 17, 2016

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Society for the Performing Arts, in partnership with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, presents the 2014-2015 SPA at the J dance master class series. This season celebrates 25 years of SPA at the J!

Classes are open to the public. Learn more or register here
Arts Talk for La Compagnie Hervé Koubi

Arts Talk for La Compagnie Hervé Koubi

ArtsTalk
7:00 PM - 7:20 PM Friday, March 18, 2016

Cullen Alcove, Wortham Center
Join us for a free pre-performance discussion with a company member of La Compagnie Hervé Koubi. 
H-E-B Performance Prelude for La Compagnie Hervé Koubi

H-E-B Performance Prelude for La Compagnie Hervé Koubi

Performance Preludes
7:25 PM - 7:45 PM Friday, March 18, 2016

Grand Foyer, Wortham Center
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by Sonkiss'd Dance Theater.

Sonkiss’d Dance Theater is a collective of artists created to minister to all through visual and performance arts. Our mission is to create experiences so powerful audiences don’t leave the same. We create with the Creator! Sonkiss’d produces concerts and special events every 6-8weeks. They incorporate Contemporary and Street dance, live painting and poetry all in a 1hour seamless production with pre-show mixers. Sonkiss’d Dance Theater has been in existence for 4years. Just recently they produced a show at the Texas Rock Gym combining the elements of dance and rock climbing titled “Moving Mountains” the first show of it’s kind. Sonkiss’d is very proud of that remarkable accomplishment not because of the innovative idea but because it happened here first in Houston, TX. www.sonkissd.com
Dance Master Class with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Dance Master Class with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Dance Master Classes
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Thursday, April 21, 2016

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Society for the Performing Arts, in partnership with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, presents the 2014-2015 SPA at the J dance master class series. This season celebrates 25 years of SPA at the J!

Classes are open to the public. Learn more or register here
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