DAYTON, OH (March 19, 2021) – The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) is pleased to announce the availability of a full suite of on-line educational materials called Arts Explorer Streams.
While in-person and field trip programs are on hold, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s education programming has gone digital. Created with students in mind, the DPAA Arts Explorer Streams contains performances, interviews, lesson plans, activity ideas, and more to support educators as they introduce and cultivate the arts among the their students.
Arts Explorer Streams is available for free to all public, private, and home educators thanks to generosity of DPAA donors committed to making the arts accessible to students of all ages locally, nationally, and around the globe.
“We are so grateful to our donors who helped us give free Ballet, Opera, and Philharmonic performances and lesson plans to all educators,” said Ruth Reveal, DPAA Director of Education. “Even while we can’t offer our in-person education programming, we felt it was imperative to create digital programming that introduces students to the arts and gives educators as many resources as possible. Our teachers and parents have given so much of themselves this school year, we wanted to give this to them.”
Arts Explorer Streams offers four different areas of concentration for educators to create paths for arts appreciation tailored to the needs of their students. Educators can utilize crafted lesson plans in the areas of Ballet, Opera, Philharmonic, or the comprehensive ArtsConnect Program.
“One of the best aspects about the DPAA’s education programs is when the artists from the Ballet, Opera and Philharmonic appear in person and bring the arts alive,” said Carleen Suttman, DPAA Board of Directors Trustee. “Now, with Arts Explorer, all students can have access to these programs that bring the arts up close and personal. This engaging content will delight students, give teachers access to professional quality productions and provide creative, stimulating lesson plans and materials.”
Arts Connect is a program aimed at connecting the arts to what students are learning in the classroom. The DPAA ArtsConnect program normally takes place in person, but this year the curriculum is all online. Students will learn how ballet, opera, and classical music tell a story. They will gain a deeper understanding of each art form, and they will be able to practice the skills they learn in Language Arts.
The DPAA ArtsConnect program contains five lessons, where students will meet three DPAA teaching artists: a ballet dancer, an opera singer, and a violinist. These artists will use the story of Hansel and Gretel to teach students about storytelling in literature and the performing arts. This integrated program offers a full set of comprehensive lesson plans for educators and a 24-page student workbook which can be downloaded and reproduced for use in the classroom setting. The program comes with a Welcome Video and both a pre-test and post-test to gauge student understanding of the material and to measure student progress once the program is completed.
ArtsConnect was developed with local teachers with fourth grade learning standards in mind, but the program is appropriate for middle-elementary grades.
Ballet Streams offers six separate virtual performances by Dayton Ballet, each no more than 20 minutes in length. Each performance comes with a lesson plan for educators to use with their students in order to extend the learning into the classroom, either virtually or in-person. There are also additional bonus materials, as appropriate. by performance for further learning and reinforcement or for further enjoyment. Ballet Streams vary in targeted grade-level and are labeled accordingly, but all performances can be enjoyed by all ages. Ballet Streams include performances from Dayton Ballet entitled Mozart’s Sechs Tänze, Prokofiev’s Cinderella, Copland’s The Red Pony, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose, Fairytales in Motion, Shapes, Steps, and Stories.
Opera Streams offers two virtual performances by Dayton Opera, each no more than 45 minutes in length. Opera Streams are targeted specifically for students in middle and high school. Each performance comes with a lesson plan for educators to use with their students in order to extend the learning into the classroom, either virtually or in-person. There are also additional bonus materials, as appropriate, by performance for further learning and reinforcement or for further enjoyment. Dayton Opera Streams include performances from Dayton Opera entitled A Cinderella Trilogy and Postcards from Dayton.
Philharmonic Streams offers four separate virtual performances by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, each no more than 45 minutes in length. Each performance comes with a lesson plan for educators to use with their students in order to extend the learning into the classroom, either virtually or in-person. There are also additional bonus materials, as appropriate, by performance for further learning and reinforcement or jfor further enjoyment. Philharmonic Streams vary in targeted grade-level and are labeled accordingly, but all performances can be enjoyed by all ages. Dayton Ballet Streams include performances from Dayton Philharmonic entitled Who is the Brass Family?, Where in the World?, American Vignettes, and Science of String Sound.
To learn more DPAA Arts Explorer Streams or to register for these exciting educational offerings, educators can go to https://daytonperformingarts.org/arts-explorer/. DPAA Arts Explorer Streams are free to all public, private, and home educators, and the program can be accessed on-line from anywhere, locally in Dayton, across the nation, or around the world!
About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the greater Dayton community, with a mission to be the community’s indispensable source for traditional, diverse and innovative experiences in ballet, opera, and orchestral music. The vision of the DPAA is to transform lives through the power of music and dance. The DPAA offers a wide variety of performance and education programs, setting a new standard for artistic excellence. DPAA performances reach an audience of more than 90,000 people annually, and their rich arts education programming serves over 60,000 schoolchildren in 150 schools in the Miami Valley. These performances and education initiatives are made possible in part through major support provided by the Ohio Arts Council, Culture Works, the City of Dayton, Montgomery County and the National Endowment for the Arts.