E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts
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Description
Workshops in the Artist Development Series are designed to provide artists with practical business and professional training to expand their skill set and create additional opportunities to earn money through their craft. We are launching the Artist Development Series in March 2020 with "Arts Leadership and Teaching Artistry," a workshop series which will help artists learn the fundamental tools necessary to teach their craft in a school setting while building personalized approaches to creating community and culture as an arts leader.
Budget
$8,500
Program Successes
We are piloting this program March-October 2020, with additional workshops already being planned for Spring 2021. Our goal is to create a cohort of talented and trained teaching artists who can expand CLARA's in-school arts education programs -- but also, ideally, to expand the number of qualified teaching artists available for hire for other local nonprofits. Access to high-quality teaching artists is a limiting factor on many cultural organizations' ability to expand their in-school programming. CLARA hopes to be a solution to that program, not just for us, but for multiple Sacramento community programs.
Description
Throughout the year CLARA brings teaching artists associated with a broad variety of performing arts disciplines (guitar, hip-hop, ballet, samba, drumming, acting, and more) to classrooms at our partner schools in Sacramento City Unified School District for 10-session artist residencies.

It costs $25/child to bring these programs to a school; help CLARA reach our goal of serving more than 750 students with in-school residencies this year!
Budget
$21,880
Program Successes
- In our first full year of programming, CLARA teaching artists provided nearly 500 students at Hollywood Park Elementary School, Will C. Wood Middle School, and Luther Burbank High School with access to 10-week, in-class artist residencies. This includes 100% of students attending Hollywood Park.
- This year, we will serve 1,750 students with artist residencies at nine different school sites.
- Students' pre- and post-residency student evaluations reported increased skills in leadership, self-responsibility, and communication.
Description
The Sacramento Emerging Artist Showcase (SEAS) provides immersive professional development and capacity-building for a cohort of 15-25 emerging, cross-genre, performing artists. Each session (there are two each year) mentors selected artists through a production process for a live, public showcase for the Sacramento community.

The project starts with two half-day professional development workshops -- one on essential marketing tools for the independent artist, and the second as a facilitated technical rehearsal and peer-to-peer review session to receive peer feedback on each artist's work. The showcase itself is a professionally produced event for 150 ticketed arts patrons, where the audience plays an essential role in the creative process: after each piece, the audience is invited to submit thoughtful, constructive feedback via text message to the SEAS feedback line. CLARA curates these comments to provide the artists with insights into public consumption of their art. CLARA also captures essential marketing collateral for each artist, including a professional headshot, production photos, and video footage of their performance. These items are aggregated into a professionally produced electronic press kit -- the primary hiring and marketing tool for an independent artist.

The performers regroup after the performance to debrief, review their EPK and other resources they received through this process, and to discuss next steps -- including establishing ongoing lines of communications for further support and collaboration, best practices on use of their new collateral, and how to apply their newly gained knowledge towards their goal of becoming a professional artist in Sacramento.

Budget
$25,000
Program Successes
A winner of the Sacramento Creative Economy Grant for 2020, the first SEAS event is scheduled for later this month. Tickets are available here https://www.claramidtown.org/seas. Please join us!
Description
As part of CLARA's partnership with Sacramento City Unified School District, CLARA hosts a two-week summer camp for SCUSD students each year. This program provides students with daily classes in dance, music, theatre, and production, and will be offered free of charge to students attending Elder Creek Elementary and Will C. Wood Middle School this June. 92% of these students qualify as socioeconomically disadvantaged, and 51% are English Learners. CLARA introduces these students to a wide variety of performing arts forms that are otherwise not accessible in their school day learning.

In 2018, CLARA added a second Summer Camp session that is open to all middle and high school students across Sacramento, allowing us to provide high-quality performing arts programming to an even larger group of youth.
Budget
$22,500
Program Successes
- In our inaugural year of summer camp in 2017, 35 students were introduced to 15 different kinds of performing arts disciplines, culminating in a group performance.
-In 2018, with the addition of a second summer camp, we served over 60 youth; in 2019 we served more than 80. In 2020, we anticipate introducing 100 students to the experience of performing arts.
- Post-camp surveys showed significant growth in self-confidence and teamwork, as well as a willingness to try new subjects.
Description
Arts Up Front represents a collaboration between Sacramento City Unified School District, CLARA, Capital Stage, and Sacramento Ballet.

As part of CLARA's partnership with SCUSD, CLARA tenants are expected to provide a certain number of student matinee tickets to underserved SCUSD students free of charge. However, we have discovered that providing students who have no prior arts exposure with a meaningful and impactful live performance experience requires more than simply offering free tickets. Through "Arts Up Front," CLARA works with the two arts organizations and the District to create a four-class pre- and post-performance worship model which provides the student with the opportunity to gain historical and production-based context about the work they will see from a variety of perspectives -- both on stage (actors, dancers, musicians) and back stage (lighting designers, costumers, directors). Arts Up Front makes it possible for SCUSD students to have a meaningful first exposure to live theatre, which is the first step in engaging the next generation of arts patrons.
Budget
$16,000
Program Successes
- In 2018, CLARA brought the Arts Up Front experience to 125 students at Luther Burbank High School which included workshops and performance tickets for two main stage productions at Capital Stage and the Sacramento Ballet.
- This included workshops in costume design, set painting, and music production as well as a pre-show field trip to observe an in-studio rehearsal onsite at CLARA.
Description
In March 2018, CLARA hosted its first artist residency exchange. In this program, two choreographers received access to free rehearsal space at CLARA to be used in the creation of new pieces of original work. In exchange, the choreographers each provided a one month, in-school artist residency at Will C. Wood Middle School, a public school at Sacramento City Unified School District where 95% of the students identify as being socioeconomically disadvantaged. Students at this school have minimal exposure to performing arts education of any kind, but through this program, about 10% of the school will receive a 10-session dance unit as part of their physical education class.

The choreographers then showcased their work alongside other artists in a public performance at the Auditorium at CLARA.

The program continues today with additional classes offered at Will C. Wood Middle School and a rolling application process for artists in the community who wish to participate in the exchange program.
Budget
$2,500
Program Successes
- This program solves two significant need in our community: it provides a space for performing artists to practice their craft and create original work -- and provides access to more teaching artists in the performing arts in Title 1 schools.
- In less than two years, this program has served over 150 students with in-depth, quality arts education and supported new, innovative works by local performing artists. Programs like this are the very essence of CLARA's business model and a strong example of how we envision fulfilling our mission in the future.