San Francisco Opera Education Presents 2nd Annual ARIA Festival

Release date: 4/10/2017    


Youth For Change at Wilsey Center for Opera, May 6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Free Community Open House Celebrates Youth Voices with Original Performances, Workshops and Hands-On Activities

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San Francisco Opera’s Education Department will present its 2nd annual ARIA (Arts Resources in Action) Festival, Youth Voices for Change, on Saturday, May 6 at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. The community open house and festival is presented in partnership with the nine-day San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Arts Festival and features performances of original works created by students along with interactive workshops, hands-on crafts, and film presentations. The ARIA Festival is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged.

Throughout San Francisco Opera’s ARIA Festival, attendees are invited to engage in craft-making activities and view Opera in an Hour movies of San Francisco Opera productions, including such opera classics as Carmen and The Elixir of Love. At 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., performances of original operas created by students from participating SFUSD schools representing kindergarten through 12th grade classes will be held in the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater. Featured performances will also include presentations by Little Opera, San Francisco Girls Chorus and the San Francisco Opera Guild.

Interactive activities and other performances will be held in the Bryan Education Studio. The San Francisco Opera Archive will be open from 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. for visitors to browse exhibits and vintage materials. Photography from the Archive is viewable in the permanent exhibition within the David Gockley Gallery and Hume Family Gallery.

San Francisco Opera Director of Education Ruth Nott commented: “We are thrilled to return to the Wilsey Center for Opera with the ARIA Festival – it’s an incredible opportunity to showcase the creativity of students in a beautiful and very professional setting. With every visit I make to our partner schools, and just having interacted with teens in our spring break Performing Arts Connection program, I am heartened by the resilience, progressive-thinking and thoughtfulness of students, many of whom are dealing with big challenges of their own. The operas and performing arts works they are creating tell stories that bring about empathy for others and are profound dreams of a bright future. That’s why our theme this year is Youth Voices for Change. They are our hope for the future.”

The ARIA Festival on May 6 is one of the featured attractions of the 31st annual SFUSD Arts Festival, which begins April 29 and continues through May 7. The Asian Art Museum, located at 200 Larkin Street in the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center, serves as the hub for the week-long community celebration. For more information about the SFUSD Arts Festival:­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

For the complete press release, including full schedule and calendar listing, please view the attached PDF.