Kularts Education Program was developed in 1989 to educate diverse populations in the arts of the Pilipino people. Classes in Pilipino music, dance, creative writing, theater and visual arts are held in schools and community centers. Kularts' perspective is one of "resiliency orientation," building on people's strengths rather than focusing on their problems. The program emphasizes cooperation, collaboration and responsibility through an arts curriculum. Instructors develop supportive, consistent relationships with students, and foster a safe, positive environment for peer-to-peer relationships. Students set their own ground rules and agree to follow them, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement. The instructors have high expectations for the students, who enjoy the responsibility of creating their final piece together.
Over the years, our curricula have given students the opportunity to develop a better understanding and articulation of self-identity and Pilipino cultural values within the American context. Currently, our exciting, hands-on, interdisciplinary curriculum, The Pilipino Pantheon of Supreme and Celestial Beings!, based on ancient Pilipino mythology, explores themes of conflict, friendship, community, and nature with the belief that myths hold universal qualities and themes relevant to life today. In a final project, students experience the thrill of live performance, sharing their art and their ideas with their peers, parents, and communities.
Learn more about our Arts Education Programs by checking out our zine, Young Pin@y Voices. Dowload it for free on-line!
The Kularts Ed Program has served more than 10,000 students in schools throughout the San Francisco and Jefferson School Districts such as:
Aptos Middle School
Bessie Carmichael Elementary School
Everett Middle School
Filipino Education Center
Longfellow Elementary School
School of the Arts
Washington High School
San Francisco Lunar Festival
2007 Asian Heritage Street Celebration (SOMA, SF)
Parol Lantern Festival & Parade
Culturecore* Youth Arts Celebration
Bessie Carmichael Flores de Mayo Celebration
*Kularts is a member of the CultureCore Program, a collaborative of arts organizations providing in-school and after school arts education throughout San Francisco. Members include: Bayview Opera House, Brava! for Women in the Arts (BRAVA), Chinese Cultural Productions, and The Mexican Museum.
Last updated: 2011-08-29 13:36:24