The People’s Conservatory fosters high level arts creation, study and performance in an effort to promote cultural awareness and positive social change. As artist educators we help young artists reveal themselves by facilitating experiences that help focus on growth and expansion. TPC’s curriculum incorporates a wide range of teachings rooted in ethnic and cultural studies, using our students’ inherent artistic voices to make them the next generation of culture keepers.
We have been partnering with and will continue to expand our partnerships to include programming at Manzanita Seed, Pear Tree Community School, Edendale Middle School, Wood Middle School, Northern Light School, Envision Academy Middle Grades, Latitude High School, and Head Royce. And we are exploring partnerships with additional school organizations.
Our task as artist educators is to help our artist scholars reveal themselves by facilitating experiences that help focus on growth and expansion. To this end, the conservatory curriculum incorporates a wide range of teachings rooted in ethnic and cultural studies. Our faculty members are working artistic professionals and experienced culture keepers who are dedicated to working with youth from diverse backgrounds. Our goal is to serve “all of the people” with a dedicated focus on black and brown youth and adults from historically marginalized and socio-economically disadvantaged communities. TPC helps young people find their creative voices, re-imagine their community's most pressing social issues and use artisitc expression to advance social change.
Homecoming Initiative-The People’s Conservatory Global Citizens’ Cultural Exchange
This intercultural youth exchange was created to provide developing artists-activists with opportunities to explore the cultural treasures of the African diaspora. 10 middle school GCCE participants have been chosen to connect with 10 fellow middle school artists-activists in Cienfuegos; reflect on the richness of Afro-Cuban music, art, dance, religion and language; and transform their sense of cultural identity and responsibility as global citizens.
Intercultural Arts Exchange Project
This project is comprised of a series educational workshops and arts activities that are based on students identities, diasporic histories and communities. These student explorations are exchanges between Yoruban, Rhumba, Danzon, Modern Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Drumming, Filmaking, and Black American dance forms. Throughout the trip partifcipants will explore critical environmental and ecological issues facing Cuban communities and use arts-integrated collaboration to explore potential social projects and partnerships to address climate change. In culmination, this project gives students the opportunity to utilize these styles and frameworks to collaborate and develop original dance compositions which will then be performed during community engagement.
Your generous donations through Art And Abolition, Inc. , our fiscal sponsor, will enable 10 Oakland based Artist Scholars and 4 Master Teachers to travel to Cienfuegos and connect with local Artist Scholars and local Master Teachers over 9 days. These participants will break bread together, learn together, play together, create together, and grow together using a combination of arts-integrated, cultural responsive dialogues and collaborative learning experiences. Here are some of the ways we will use your generous gifts for our intercultural arts exchange:
· $25 will cover one day of snacks for our entire group
· $50 will cover one night’s stay in Cienfuegos for one of our rooms
· $100 will cover meals for one of our artist scholars for two days in Cienfuegos
· $250 will cover half of our art supplies for Cienfuegos
· $750 will pay for one of our artist scholars to fly round trip to Cienfuegos including visa.
· $1000 will cover half of the day-to-day travel costs for the entire trip
· $2000 will cover the entire cost for one of our artist scholars to go to Cienfuegos
The People’s Conservatory is by, for and about the community. Our roots are here, our families are here, and the seeds of greatness we plant in our young people will bloom here. This is only possible with support from our community. We can’t do it without you.