COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMMING
Arts education programming at the Madison campus is intended to
go beyond the classroom, and includes lectures, master classes,
K-12 enrichment programs, community performances, and professional
MADISON PERFORMANCE SERIES
The Madison Performance Series began in the Fall of 1999, and has
become a strong arts education component of the Madison Campus Arts program. In the second year of the program, a formal
relationship with the Santa Monica & Malibu Schools was developed.
With a City of Santa Monica grant, the school district has been
able to provide bus transportation to the noon time events. At each
of the events, 150 to 200 K-12 school children were in attendance.
At several concerts, an additional, specifically-designed 10:30am
arts education childrens assembly was presented and preceded
the public event at noon. For the 2005-2006 season, we hope to be
able to bring more than 2,000 local public and private school students
to this series of diverse, free arts education events. See this
website for past and current events.
The youth Opera Camp continues their partnership program with Los
Angeles Opera.Young students ages 9 to 17 will get to see first-hand
what the singers, musicians, costumers, stagehands, makeup artists,
and many others do to prepare for a Los Angeles Opera production.
Students will also discover how to use their voice to express themselves
through music and much more under the guidance of
opera professionals. The camp is designed for students who are completely
new to opera, as well as those who already have a taste for it.
A limited number of scholarships are available on a first-come,
first-served basis to families meeting the financial-need qualifications.
Please call Adam Philipson at (310) 434-3431 to request a scholarship
application or for more information.
The Madison Campus Arts program has been inspired by the efforts
in our local community in support of lifelong learning. The first
Madison Campus Arts event was in support of Lifelong Learning in
October 1998. Held at the home of Robert Winters, UCLA professor
and musicologist, the event drew an audience of Santa Monica educational,
social service, cultural, and political leadership. The educational
program wove threads of classical music exposition, improvisational
theater provided by the Actors Gang, and operatic solos
and provided the template for the arts education program that has
since been developed.
The Madison Performance Series includes inviting young student performers
to perform along with professional groups who act as mentors and
artistic role models. In the past, the Santa Monica High School
Chamber Orchestra and the Palisades High Chamber Singers performed
at the Los Angeles Master Chorale performance.
MANZANAR: AN AMERICAN STORY
The Madison Project were executive producers of this monumental, awe-inspiring event, with renowned conductor and
music director Kent Nagano illustrating the evolution of civil liberty
in America through the World War II Japanese American internment
camp experience in a brilliant layering of sights and sounds. The piece featured
a 76-piece children’s orchestra and children's chorus, the
work illuminated the compositions of Naomi Sekiya, Jean-Pascal Beintus
and David Benoit and writer Philip Kan Gotanda. This event premiered
June 2, 2004 at Royce Hall, UCLA. Madison Project
co-produced this event with Artemis Productions, Ltd.
and Antioch University of Southern California.
MANCINI INSTITUTE YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Madison Project of Santa Monica College partnered with local
school districts and the Henry Mancini Institute to bring a youth
music festival to the Madison Performance Series. Several local
jazz bands from area schools performed and received master class
instruction throughout the day on several Madison Campus stages.
This was a free event.
COMMUNITY MURAL PROJECT
The Madison Campus Arts program completed a community mural project
for the visual arts in 1999. In conjunction with the Santa Monica
College Emeritus Program and the Santa Monica College Community
Services Program, nationally established muralist Elizabeth Sadoff
designed and painted a performance arts mural for the proposed site
of the new theater. Santa Monica College Emeritus College and Community
Service art students were given an opportunity to participate on
a community mural project that involved various aged participants
working together to create an indelible, visual statement of the
arts. The Mural is the backdrop for the Madison Performance Series.