The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance sponsors hundreds of opportunities for students and area youth each year. Below are some examples of more recent accomplishments
Jazz Master Classes
Each year, SAACA provides a Master Class training session with local high school students from around the region with seven of the world’s leading jazz legends. The four-hour training sessions provide hands-on, individual and group training for students to learn first-hand instructions with individual jazz masters.
On Site Events & Programs
At 100+ events each year, SAACA provides onsite arts instruction and activities for more than 4,000 youth annually. Ranging in medium and genre, including drawing, painting, craft arts, culinary, origami, dance, singing, instrument education, two- and three-dimensional art styles, music and more, SAACA events have engaged thousands of children, ages 2 to 14, in a variety of forms. All programs and opportunities remain free to participate.
Ticket Programs for Youth
SAACA partners with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and many other local arts organizations, to provide complimentary performance tickets to hundreds of students each year in an effort to build an audience for the arts into the future.
Community Mural Projects
The annual Chalk Art Festival and youth mural arts program provides more than 1,000 area youth an outlet to express their creative and artistic side. The three-day festival encompasses nearly a quarter-mile of paved space in the walkways along Park Place mall and displays original works of art from professional and emerging artists as far as the eye can see. Children and youth ages 2 to 18 participated in the project, creating custom mural pieces throughout the center. Participation in the project remained free for the public to participate.
Musical Magic for Kids
This interactive free arts program, tailored to ages 4 to 8, incorporates dance, music and instruments in a 45-minute live performance. More than 300 children participate in the program each year.
Leonard Bernstein “Young People’s Concert”
A film series that finally shows four of the TV broadcasts from the 1960's featuring Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in wide-screen brilliance. SAACA provides the re-airing of the original broadcasts to the public, free of charge, in four unique segments. The program is open to all ages.
Summer Youth Art Project
Funded by the Pima Association of Governments, the 2012 Summer Youth Art Project produced a collaborative public art pedestrian and equestrian refuge area, located on the Southwest corner of Hardy Road and Northern Avenue in Oro Valley. The public art piece was developed in a partnership between the Town of Oro Valley and SAACA. Under the direction and mentorship of an artist supervisor, 12 local high school students designed and constructed a bicycle / pedestrian / equestrian oasis and sculpture. The equestrian theme was based on the local neighborhood equestrian heritage. Many of the area residents own and ride horses. Northern Avenue, the intersection roundabout and some of the local streets are registered horse trails. Blending with this theme will be the fact that Northern Avenue is a favored north to south bike route in the city.
Musical Gold in the Morning
Musical Gold in the Morning offers a listening and learning program, introducing creative process to K-5 students with classical music played through school speaker system each day. The program, designed as a supplemental music lesson for students, requires minimal classroom and teacher time and is easy to use. The principal or lead educator may use an arranged lesson plan or may choose to play pieces according to the school’s specialized geographic and demographic needs. Studies show that students who are exposed to music and art components, along with their usual math and writing lesson plans, perform better in all subject areas. Classical music is slowly becoming a lost art form among younger generations, and Musical Gold in the Morning provides a relatively easy way to expose students to legendary compositions. Musical Gold shows children the value of music, while inspiring students to practice instruments themselves.
This program is one of the most innovative and cost-effective programs for music education in all of Southern Arizona. On average, the program materials only cost about $500 for daily music exposure for an entire student body up to five years.
The finely-crafted music speaks directly to children's minds and prepares them for learning. Teachers note a major change in their class readiness after students hear the morning script and music.
Teachers feel it does help with the focus for the day. The morning routine is much smoother. We love the program. Tassi Call – Principal, Prince Elementary
The music and multiple listening sessions of the same musical section helps the student understand the shape and direction of melody, the energy of rhythm, the texture of harmony and the color of instrumentation. The listening skills transfer to classroom improvements. Teachers note students follow instructions on the first telling, without having to repeat themselves two or three times, as students learn to concentrate on things other than music.
I was in a classroom the other day; One student shushed everyone by saying, "Be quiet, the music is starting."
Monica Nelson – Principal, Coronado K-8
Students are fascinated by the “making of music.” Children learn that there is a human mind and spirit behind the music. This then carries them to similar idea creation and problem solving in other subject matter.
I have had several teachers comment that the impact has been so positive that they would like the music to be played throughout the day. Brucie Weigold – Principal, Donaldson Elementary
To learn more about the program, please email, Mitch Turbenson at email@example.com.
Southern Arizona schools that have participated in the program include:
AMPHI UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Donaldson Elementary School
Holaway Elementary School*
Prince Elementary School
Walker Elementary School*
Harelson Elementary School
Copper Creek Elementary School*
Painted Sky Elementary School*
Cavett Elementary School*
CASA GRANDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Mesquite Elementary School
If you are a K-8 insructor, teacher or principal and are interested in participating in this groundbreaking arts education program, at no cost to you or your school, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org