Roughly 50 elementary school kids from East Palo Alto are being treated this Sunday to a one-of-a-kind tour of SF Opera, led by the famous artist and opera set designer David Hockney.
Following a pre-show workshop on Hockney’s set design, originally created for the opera company’s 1993 season, they’re expected to have a meet-and-greet with the artist himself before settling in for a matinee performance of Turandot.
Turnaround Arts, a non-profit that pairs artists with lower performing schools, connected Hockney with the Costaño School last January. He visited the school around then and taught a couple classes on how to paint on an iPad.
"We’ve been really, really fortunate to have David Hockney adopt our school. It’s pretty amazing," Angela Karamian, an arts specialist at the Costaño School, said. "The arts are relevant to everything they see in their classrooms. That’s a message I push all the time."