Explore + Learn
EXPLORE + LEARN PARTNER OF THE YEAR
We are proud to announce the selection of Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) the nonprofit community music and arts school, as our Explore + Learn Partner of the Year. The Explore + Learn program seeks to provide learning opportunities to our greater community by way of the arts, opportunities which include connecting PMAC students with the world-renowned artists who perform at The Music Hall each year and who can open doors of knowledge for learners of all ages. This partnership will include special educational opportunities for PMAC students including: complimentary tickets to Music Hall shows and specific behind the scenes access to Master Classes and “Meet and Greets” with the artists visiting The Music Hall.
According to Programming Coordinator, Chris Curtis, “We are thrilled to be working with such a great organization with faculty committed to offering its students a great experience in the performing and visual arts. I love their line ‘Whether you aspire to study music or art at the college level and enter a career in the arts, or just want to follow through on your New Year’s resolution to learn piano, we’re here to help you with each step.’ That really says it all!”
Russ Grazier, Executive Director, PMAC, “This partnership, particularly in our 10th anniversary year, will not only provide extraordinary opportunities for our students via access to top notch artists who appear on stage at The Music Hall each year, but it also helps to continue to build awareness of PMAC as an institution devoted to excellence in arts education and building community through the arts. This is a win-win for both organizations since we are both all about building community.”
Opportunities abound to explore and learn at The Music Hall. This includes community partnerships offering master classes and other educational events for students, and events open to the public, such as Q&A discussions with star writers and performers and interactive post-film conversations with experts. The Music Hall offers patrons the chance to delve a little deeper. Here are some of our favorite recent and upcoming Explore + Learn activities - stay up to date on new programs offered throughout the season by signing up for e-news below.
November 16, 2012:
The amazing singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick held a songwriting workshop with 11 students and three teachers from PMAC. Within a judgment-free zone, students unleashed their creativity in a writing exercise and got feedback from Ferrick, who said: “You kids are amazing. You are at an age when there is so much inside that can fuel good writing and you all seem to be very insightful— it’s so good to see!”
April 7, 2012:
Eight young singers from Berwick, Maine schools attended The Met @ The Music Hall: Manon. Board member Angelynne Hinson, who works with the singers on their craft, spearheaded the outing which was the students’ first exposure to live Opera and, for many, their first visit to The Music Hall!
April 3, 2012:
School Days Series: The Color of Justice - The story of a courageous young girl and a great warrior for justice, and their battle for equal rights. Thurgood Marshall, prominent legal counsel for the NAACP, has been traveling around the country looking for families who will challenge the segregation law, and who have the courage to take their lawsuits all the way to the nation’s highest court.
March 28, 2012:
School Days Series: ImaginOcean - A one-of-a-kind live black-light puppet show, Tony Award – nominee John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean is a magical undersea adventure. Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel are three best friends who just happen to be fish, and they’re about to set out on a journey of discovery which begins with a treasure map. As they swim off in search of clues, they’ll sing, they’ll dance, and they’ll make new friends, including everyone in the audience. Ultimately they discover the greatest treasure of all is friendship.
March 23, 2012:
The Music Hall worked with Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) to produce two daytime Explore + Learn Jazz shows, prior to their annual Jazz Night concert in the Loft. Portsmouth Middle School music students, Krempels Center members and pre-schoolers from the Community Child Care Center were treated to live music played by some of the area’s best players in The Music Hall Founders Lobby. After the performances, one at 11am and another at 1pm, the musicians talked with attendees and answered questions about the art of Jazz.
March 6, 2012:
School Days Series: The Math Maniac - Math matters! If you want to add fun, subtract boredom, multiply test scores and keep your students’ undivided attention, then The Math Maniac Show is your correct answer to an A+ educational program. When students have fun, learning happens!
ABOUT EXPLORE + LEARN
Encompassing a variety of programs, Explore + Learn at The Music Hall seeks to provide learning opportunities to our greater community by way of the arts. From live theater for young learners, their teachers and families in our School Days Series, to Master Classes with world-renowned artists. From Q&As with celebrated authors in our Writers on a New England Stage series to the “Global Issues and Local Resources” represented by the post-film panels of the Film Matters series and so much more, the top-notch arts and artists which The Music Hall brings to the Seacoast each year can open doors of knowledge for learners of all ages. Explore + Learn with The Music Hall. Learning should always be this fun.