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School Assembly / Cultural Arts Resources

11 years 5 months ago #142966 by gazoogleheimer
I am thrilled to be the new committee head for our PTO's Cultural Arts Committee. That's the one that brings the assemblies to the school.

Now, where do I start? Is there a listing, database or resource anywhere online where I can find all of the (or many of the) organizations & entertainers that are ready & willing to do school assemblies?
11 years 5 months ago #142981 by Holly-Customer Care
Replied by Holly-Customer Care on topic School Assembly / Cultural Arts Resources
One source you may want to try is our Yellow Pages at http://www.ptotoday.com/yellowpages/?position=top

You can find Arts and Enrichment programs categorized by your region.
11 years 5 months ago #142983 by Rockne
Hi gazoo (and all) -

As an FYI, listings in that directory are free, so as you're working with performers and enrichment folks -- I hope you'll encourage them to get their free listing in the directory. the more listings there, the better for group leaders and for enrichment professionals.

Tim

PTO Today Founder
11 years 5 months ago #142988 by gazoogleheimer
Awesome! Thanks!
11 years 4 months ago #143086 by pinball queen
I've had great success with talking to my local children's librarian. She's given me many great ideas and I have actually hired some of the performers she's had come in. She's also hired some of the people I've had come in for assemblies for children's programs at the library.

Some states also have a BOCES list of performers that have been approved in the past. I've also gotten recommendations from the teachers in my school and our county has once a year an artist showcase where you can go and talk to the performers.

Good luck with planning the cultural arts for your school! I've been doing my school for the past two years and will continue for the next two.

If you're in NY, I can send you links I've found very useful.
10 years 11 months ago #146398 by Momski
Talk to the music directors at your local high school. Chances are they have attended the music teacher symposiums and have seen the latest/greatest in the area.

Same with artists - check the art teachers at the high school level, too.

Do you have a college within a 60 minute drive? they are also an affordable source for artists-in-residence.

Do you have a performing arts center nearby? The director can also be a great resource.

Check if your state has an "Arts Board" - I'm in WI, and Wisconsin has a Wisconsin Arts Board that lists all the state artists in a handy online database.

One of my absolute favorite assembly was the "Earth Balloon" from the Whereabouts people. They were so easy to deal with and the PTO coordinated a geography festival to go along with it.

Have fun!

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