I am thrilled to share Performing Arts Workshop’s 2013 Annual Report website with you.
Growing up, I was passionate about playing piano — I would get lost in scales, pieces, improvisation, and writing for hours on end. It gave me a sense of inner strength, discipline (probably the endless scales…), and the ability to express my (shy) self in a different way — all of which I still use today. Playing piano became a way to focus my thoughts. These days, every time I play I get happily lost, just as I did when I was seven years old.
That’s why being a part of Performing Arts Workshop is very personal to me. I’m proud to support an organization that believes that all young people need and deserve quality arts education. The Workshop is relentless in its pursuit to provide at-risk students with life-changing arts education experiences. What really impresses me is that we have the research that proves our program’s effectiveness: participating kids improve their critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, and are more engaged in learning.
Our 2013 Annual Report highlights our commitment to serving youth with the best arts education programming — programming that’s been refined and polished over 50 years. As you’ll see in the report, the Workshop has grown in new dimensions while staying true to its commitment to quality programming that helps students, teachers, schools, and communities.
For the past five years, I’ve had the extraordinary privilege of serving on Performing Arts Workshop’s board of directors. 2015 is going to be a special year for me: It’ll mark my final year on the board and the Workshop’s 50th anniversary. Save the date — we’re going to throw a party for the ages.