Art Goes Back to School
Funding for arts education in public schools continues to dwindle at a shockingly steady rate. Spark bears witness as artists and arts organizations throughout the Bay Area are forced to take matters into their own hands to ensure that children are exposed to arts in school.
Explore the halls, stages, classrooms and studios of School of the Arts (SOTA), one of the few public high schools in California where arts disciplines don't play second fiddle to academics.
Then travel to schools all over the Bay Area with members of Young Audiences as they reach more than a quarter of a million students each year with a variety of cultural, visual, performing and literary arts.
And listen as SFJAZZ Jazz in the Middle brings outstanding jazz musicians, the Poet Laureate of San Francisco and local middle school students together to create and perform original poetry set to jazz.
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Check out SOTA, which is one of the few public schools where the arts come first.
See how Young Audiences brings art and culture to the lives of thousands of students each year.
Hear the harmony that SFJAZZ Jazz in the Middle brings to classrooms around San Francisco.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
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"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
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