San Francisco Opera Education Presents Aria Festival

Release date: 4/15/2016 


Free Community Open House Saturday, April 30

Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, Veterans Building

Celebrating the creativity of students as part of SFUSD's 30th Arts Festival


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On Saturday, April 30, the San Francisco Opera Education Department will present ARIA (Arts Resources in Action) Festival, an all-day, free community open house at the newly opened Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera in Civic Center’s Veterans Building, in celebration of the creativity and talent of students (K-12 and University). Presented as part of the nine day SFUSD’s (San Francisco Unified School District) 30th Arts Festival, San Francisco Opera’s ARIA Festival will offer performances of works created by students along with workshops and hands-on crafts activities.

Featured performances include multiple San Francisco Unified School District classes, Little Opera, San Francisco Boys Chorus, Young Women’s Choral Projects, San Francisco Opera Guild, Minerva Schools and San Francisco Opera Center’s Adler Fellows.

Special to the Festival will be craft-making activities tied to “Opera in an Hour” movies of San Francisco Opera productions including such opera classics as The Magic Flute, Cinderella, Carmen and The Barber of Seville. Performances, workshops and activities will be held in the Wilsey Center’s Taube Atrium Theater, Bryan Education Studio, the Braby San Francisco Opera Archive and other locations on the fourth floor.

San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley commented: “When we built the Wilsey Center for Opera, one of my top priorities was to create a space that our Education Department could use to hold workshops and small performances for Bay Area students, teachers and families. San Francisco Opera’s ARIA Festival is a wonderful use of this new venue and a meaningful collaboration with the San Francisco Unified School District in their 30th Arts Festival to showcase the importance of arts education. What better way to invest in our future than to nurture the talent and creativity of our young students.”

The 30th annual SFUSD Arts Festival begins April 28 to May 6 and proudly commemorates student creativity in visual, literary, media and performing arts. The acclaimed Asian Art Museum, located at 200 Larkin Street in the heart of Civic Center, once again serves as the hub for this community celebration. The Literary Arts Awards event, featuring author and activist Ishmael Reed, will take place at the Wilsey Center for Opera on the evening of April 30. For more information about SFUSD Arts Festival:

Saturday, April 30, 2016 Program Schedule


ARIA Festival Showcase 1

10:15 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Taube Atrium Theater

Featured Performances:

Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco

Jefferson Elementary School, Kindergarten, ARIA Network

San Francisco Boys Chorus

Little Opera, 6th/7th Grades


SF Opera Guild’s Sing A Story

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Bryan Education Studio

Join San Francisco Opera Guild in their interactive Sing a Story program.


ARIA Festival Showcase 2

1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Taube Atrium Theater

Featured Performances:

Mission High School, 9th–12th Grade, ARIA Network

Lafayette Elementary School, 4th Grade, ARIA Network

James Lick Middle School, 7th/8th Grade, ARIA Residency

Little Opera, 2nd/3rd Grades


Adler Fellow Community Performance

2:30 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Bryan Education Studio

Join a few of San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellows in an interactive community performance and sing-along.


ARIA Festival Showcase 3

3:45 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Taube Atrium Theater

Featured Performances:

Chinese Immersion School, 5th Grade, ARIA Network

Minerva Schools, University

Little Opera, 3rd/5th Grades

Argonne Elementary School, 5th Grade, ARIA Network


All-Day Activities

9:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m.

David Gockley Gallery, Edward Paul Braby San Francisco Opera Archive, Barbara Moller Ward Lobby, Bryan Education Studio, Wilsey Center for Opera Conference Room and Hallways

Craft-making aligned with “Opera in an Hour” movies (The Magic Flute, Cinderella, Carmen, The Barber of Seville), song and dance activities, explore history in the SF Opera Archives (11:30am-3:45pm) and Gallery photos, view the opera learning and creation process at the ARIA Gallery, and a scavenger hunt for traveling to and from the ARIA Festival at the Wilsey Center for Opera and the SFUSD Arts Festival at the Asian Art Museum.


SFUSD Literary Arts Awards event

7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Taube Atrium Theater

Keynote Speaker: Ishmael Reed Creative writing and spoken-word performances from SFUSD students and the community.  A presentation of awards for Short Story, Creative Nonfiction, Dramatic Script and Poetry.


For the complete press release, please view the attached PDF.