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After School

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Arts enrichment opportunities offer students a more in-depth learning experience than arts exposure. The OCA’s primary avenue for arts enrichment has been the City’s San Jose After School program.

From 1999 through Spring 2006, OCA facilitated the arts enrichment workshops offered through San Jose After School, providing hands-on arts education opportunities to more than 1,700 students at over 30 school sites throughout the city. Participating youth were offered a wide variety of visual and performing arts activities, such as musical theater, cartoon drawing, hip-hop dance, book arts, capoeira (dance derived from a Portuguese martial art form), and drumming. OCA contracted with arts providers who teach hands-on workshops ranging from two to eight weeks in duration. Each workshop involves one 50-minute session per week led by a teaching artist. Lesson plans for workshops are developed in alignment with California’s Visual and Performing Arts Framework, which provide for sequential arts learning and comprehension, cognitive skills development and correlation with other subjects.

While the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services previously served as fiscal manager for the SJAS Program, thanks to changes in state funding the majority of program sites are now managed directly by several school districts and by community-based organizations such as Greater San Jose After School All Stars, YMCA of Santa Clara Valley, and the Mexican American Community Services Agency and others. The City continues to manage seven school sites. (For City-managed sites, e-mail Michelle Jennings at PRNS.)

The following is a list of arts organizations that have provided arts workshops for SJAS, and which are currently available to provide arts programming for youth in the San Jose area. Click on the organization’s name to go to its Web site.

For more information, e-mail Arlene Biala or call (408) 793.4332.



Last Modified: 11.16.10

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