Arts @ The Core

Arts @ The Core

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As a valued partner in our education work, we take great pride in sharing this announcement with you. NYSAAE’s work is vital to the health and development of arts learning in our state and we highly recommend this event as another way to explore the arts curriculum, the Common Core and the future of arts learning as a whole.

NYSAAE is providing a special $30 discount to PAC teachers ($10 off the regular price). Please click on regular Registration fee of $40. Then, enter the discount code of “TPAC2014” when prompted.

Thanks. I hope to see you there!

Ian Driver


Neighborhood Bridges & Arts-in-Education

It is the second year that the Arts-in-Education Department at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College was thrilled to host Neighborhood Bridges, made possible by The Frog Rock Foundation.

The Children’s Theatre of Minneapolis, created this program as a vision of an “arts integration residency that combines professional development, creative drama and storytelling to enhance 4th and 5th grade literacy and writing skills”. We had two teaching artists fly in from CTC to prepare classroom teachers, as well as teaching artists for a 10 week long endeavor to “team-teach classroom sessions, incorporating creative drama and storytelling to encourage, cultivate and refine student writing skills”.

Traphagan School and Pennington School of Mount Vernon, as well as Paideia School 15 of Yonkers were able to participate, with a total of 6 fourth grade classrooms, counting about 140 students. Throughout the process, the Arts-in-Education team was onsite and in constant contact with the teaching artists and teachers to document the progress of each classroom. We were hoping to find that the program encouraged students to explore their artistic side and look at reading and writing from a completely different, fun and engaging perspective.

After the 10 week in class program, we organized a Neighborhood Bridges Festival at The Performing Arts Center. Each class would read a creative piece and perform their own interpretation of a fairy tale on stage of The Pepsico Theatre, which holds up to 713 audience members! It was inspiring to see that the students came equipped with newly found theatrical voices, inventive costumes, and a ton of enthusiasm for the event!

It was an eye-opening experience and we decided to invite school administrators and the teaching participants to come together for a Neighborhood Bridges Reflection Session. We came to a mutual understanding that this program did meet and exceed our expectations. It was extremely helpful for every participating student and especially for some who were able to explore another realm of expression. Students, who had had difficulty paying attention or participating in class previously, started partaking, contributing and even delegating.

It was with great pride that we at The Performing Arts Center were able to host such engaged, talented and creative students and artists to realize such a wonderful program and event!

If you would like to learn more about the program, feel free to contact us at (914) 251-6232 or visit The Children’s Theatre’s website:

PAWS 2013


On January 8th we are going to have our 26th annual Performing Arts Workshops for Secondary Students (PAWS) at SUNY Purchase. This year we are hosting about 350 students from 11 High Schools from Westchester and Fairfield County! The students will have a chance to participate in numerous workshop offerings that are normally not taught at their schools. Every student will partake in three workshops based on their preference.

This year for those students interested in DANCE, we offer:

 Jazz Dance, Belly Dance, Irish Step Dance, Modern Dance, Hip Hop, Latin Dance & Choreography

Or take one of these workshops to try out your VOCAL chords:

Jazz Singing, Gospel & Choral Singing for Musical Theatre

Or try your chance at THEATRE:

Yoga for the Actor, Directing, Audition Techniques, Advanced Studio Acting & Stage Combat


There is something for everyone at PAWS to try out and we are excited to see this year’s event succeed like it has for the past 25 years: “PAWS is a celebration of the arts and helps me improve on things I’m passionate about.” “The whole day was one of the best learning experiences I’ve ever had.”

-Exploration leads to passions and we are happy to provide this opportunity to this year’s students once again.

5 days left until the PARADE!


Five days to go until our next school time peformance, Mutual Strangers: Henry Hudson and the River that Discovered Him by Arm- of-the-Sea Theater Company . We are very excited that for the first time here at The PAC, our 10 am performance will be preceeded by a parade of artwork created by members of the audience in pre-show residencies.
Patrick Wadden, Artistic Director of Arm-of-the-Sea has been in residence in three schools (Greenvllle, Garrison and George M. Davis), leading workshops that provided background information about the Hudson River and it’s community. A terrific enhancement of the 4th grade curriculum, and great addition to our program.
If you have time, come and join the parade on Monday morning!


New Season starts off with a Bang!

Jason and the Argonauts at AIE                                                                          


There’s excitement in the air of the AIE office!                                        Our new season is about to begin on Monday and we are really ecstatic! This season is going to start off with a bang! Imagine action figures, monsters and villains! Jason and the Argonauts is an action filled retelling of the famous Greek myth that we are thrilled to have as a part of our season. We are excited to see the children’s reactions to this unique story telling and can’t wait to see their smiling faces! This year is going to be a great season with wonderful shows, children from all age ranges and new schools. Other shows that we will be having include the ever popular “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Mutual Strangers” and “The Cultural Influence of Latin Jazz”. Our PAWS Program this year gives students a taste of different types of dance, acting and music. There are many different excellent workshops available  and we are pleased to host this wonderful season. Simply said: we are excited!

-Dominique Schwenner administrative intern