A Love Letter to the Workshop

Dear Performing Arts Workshop,

I’m been meaning to tell you this for some time now, but let me just come right out and say it.

I love you.

You introduced me to the San Francisco Bay Area, made me cry with joy on a regular basis, and produced a pride in my own self-development that no one else could give me.

From when I first walked into your tiny two-room cell space in Fort Mason eight years ago as a fresh faced intern, to leaving your high ceiling industrial loft in Dogpatch as a fully fledged manager – you have been a constant in my life. You changed who I was and put me on course for who I am becoming.

Dear friend, are you surprised? You shouldn’t be.

Let me illustrate some of the myriad ways that you stole my heart.

Your People:

You are staffed by amazing do-gooders; people who care about and make your mission happen in real and tangible ways. Administrative staff, teaching artists, board members, and executive leadership: all are astounding individuals who have taught me so much and continue to surprise. These loving and funny people who know how to throw a party as well as the thrill of a student taking a risk in the classroom for the first time have wheedled you into my heart and I can’t let go.

Your Organization:

You’ve been a leader in arts education since 1965. For almost half a century you’ve changed people’s lives including my own. You took me through two and a half strategic plans and each new version of you has been stronger and increasingly focused. That freshness and forward thinking is, dare I say it, sexy.

Your Mission:

I believe in you. I believe in helping young people develop critical thinking, creative expression and essential learning skills through the arts. Is there a better way to learn how to be human? Is there a better way to discover the power we have to create and influence the world around us? I don’t think so.

Need I say more?

I know our time together is drawing to a close, just as all relationships do. Please know that you’ve made me a better person, as I hope I’ve helped you grow successfully.

I wish you only the best, dear Workshop, as I know you wish for me.

Love always,

Anne Trickey

Streets of San Francisco – Bernal Heights

The Workshop’s offices look west to the “Lion King” vista of Bernal Heights, one of many “micro” neighborhoods of San Francisco.

Bernal Heights Park

The “Lion King” Vista of Bernal Heights

Only developed after the 1906 earthquake, Bernal has been and remains home to a wide collection of people. Traditionally, the Workshop has served a number of preschools in the area. We also have a long history with Paul Revere College Preparatory School, where we serve preschool aged kids through 8th graders both during and after school.

Paul Revere College Preparatory School

Nestled between La Lengua and the Alemany Flea and Farmers Market (the latter of which has been operating since 1947!), Bernal enjoys a “banana belt” climate of more sunshine and less fog then much of the rest of the city.

Alemany Farmers Market

The Alemany Farmers Market 1953

Bernal is home to a number of parks including, Precita Park near Cesar Chavez, Holly Park on the southwest side and Bernal Heights Park which hosts the locally coined “Sutrito” tower.

If you enjoy sunshine, close knit communities and sweeping views of San Francisco, we recommend checking out the Bernalwood blog for more local flavor. You can also read the Wikipedia article about Bernal Heights here.