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In the “Big House” Christmas Tour!

Yesterday, Chandler Center for the Art’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) visited the Chandler Police Department. YAC were hosted by Officer Robin Valenzuela. The council received a tour of the shooting range, police car and jail cells – they even got to try on a bullet proof vest!

The tour was full of dialogue with the officers. YAC learned about the legal and safety issues that will effect them as they transition to adulthood.  The devastating long-term effects and legal punishment of sexting and bullying were also discussed. Over all, the evening was informative and fun for the entire group.

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We are looking forward to YAC’s upcoming fundraiser on February 9, 2013.  Each year the new council takes on a fundraiser event.  This year the fundraiser will include a Wayne Newton pre-show raffle, mystery box and silent auction.  The goal is to raise enough money to send four kids to our three week summer camp (approx. $2,000). People wishing to send donations for the YAC Summer Camp Scholarship may donate at any of our shows or send money to Chandler Center for the Arts (Attn: YAC Fundraiser) 250 North Arizona Avenue Chandler, AZ 85225.


CCA’s 2013 Youth Advisory Council Selected!

I have only one word to describe the students who applied to be a part of the Center’s second Youth Advisory Council…AMAZING!  CCA staff, Chandler Cultural Foundation board members and graduates from last year’s Youth Advisory Council (or as staff refers to them…the YAC’s) interviewed the candidates and narrowed it down to the top 15. With so many talented candidates, that was extremely challenging!

The 15 students selected applied from all over the East Valley from multiple schools and districts.  You will get to meet each of them in future blogs and if you thought teens were only interested in hanging out at the mall, PlayStations and iPhones…think again.

The Youth Advisory Council’s program objectives  are to focus on Arts Appreciation, Community Service and Leadership Skills in order to become advocates for the arts and well rounded community leaders. They will be engaged in experiential 3-hour sessions from September – February that will provide hands-on real world leadership situations of a Performing Arts Center. Teens will complete the program with increased knowledge of: career opportunities, financial responsibility, leadership skills, small and large group dynamics and public relations and marketing. This program is free of charge to all participants and a Certificate of Completion will be given to each teen at the conclusion of the program year. Council members are 13-18 years of age and are currently attending a public, private, parochial, charter, or home schools in Chandler and from schools in surrounding cities.

The YAC’s  met for the first time on  September 19 where they were introduced to CCA staff.  They toured the Center and got to know each other by  sharing what they wanted to get out of the program. They first and foremost wanted to have fun; build lifelong friendships; develop their leadership skills; and to be actively involved after their term was over (and they want to eat during their sessions!)

Last night their session focused on defining the arts and what is considered art.  They also had a panel discussion on “Why the arts are important”.   Guest panelists included Bob Booker,  Executive Director, Arizona Commission on the Arts;  Salley Garrison, Front of House Coordinator, Tempe Art Center; Janet Langley, VP Organizational Effectiveness, Gateway Community College; Ally Haynes-Hamble, Assistant Director, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts; Larry Whitesell, Manager, Higley Center for the Performing Arts; Jimmie Byrd, Production Coordinator, Chandler Center for the Arts; and Michelle MacLennan, Assistant Manager, Chandler Center for the Arts.

The YAC’s assignment for next week is to come up with some fundraising ideas for the fundraising event they will be doing later in the year.  The session topic for next week will be on understanding what makes a not-for-profit organization different and Money, Money, Money!

Read about what happened next Thursday, Oct. 25!


Submit Your Appilications to the Youth Advisory Council!

The Center is now accepting applications for the second annual Youth Advisory Council (YAC) from Valley teens 13-18 years old.  The YAC is a component of the larger Connecting Kidz initiative, which provides youth and young adults with opportunities to experience both performance and visual arts.  In this program, teens focus on arts appreciation, community service and development of leadership skills in order to become advocates for the arts and well-rounded community leaders.

Applications for the program will be accepted now through September 7, 2012.  The candidates must be between ages 13-18 and currently attending a public, private, parochial, charter or home school in the Phoenix area.

Fifteen teens will be selected to serve as members of CCA’s Youth Advisory Council for a six-month term, beginning September 19, 2012 and concluding at the end of February 2013.

Finalists will be notified and invited for interviews on September 13th at the Center.

The 15 selected teens will exit the YAC program next year with increased knowledge of: career opportunities, financial responsibility, leadership skills, small and large group dynamics and public relations and marketing.

The program is free of charge to all participants.  A Certificate of Completion will be given to each member at the conclusion of the program year and the class list will be prominently displayed in the Center’s lobby.

Want to join? You can download your application here!

The YAC is made possible by Chandler Cultural Foundation Board Member Lorah Neville.

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The Center is now accepting applications for the second annual Youth Advisory Council (YAC) from Valley teens 13-18 years old.  The YAC is a component of the larger Connecting Kidz initiative, which provides youth and young adults with opportunities to experience both performance and visual arts.  In this program, teens focus on arts appreciation, community service and development of leadership skills in order to become advocates for the arts and well-rounded community leaders.

Applications for the program will be accepted now through September 7, 2012.  The candidates must be between ages 13-18 and currently attending a public, private, parochial, charter or home school in the Phoenix area.

 

Fifteen teens will be selected to serve as members of CCA’s Youth Advisory Council for a six-month term, beginning September 19, 2012 and concluding at the end of February 2013.

Finalists will be notified and invited for interviews on September 13th at the Center.

The 15 selected teens will exit the YAC program next year with increased knowledge of: career opportunities, financial responsibility, leadership skills, small and large group dynamics and public relations and marketing.

The program is free of charge to all participants.  A Certificate of Completion will be given to each member at the conclusion of the program year and the class list will be prominently displayed in the Center’s lobby.  

The YAC is made possible by Chandler Cultural Foundation Board Member Lorah Neville.


Monday Mashup: All 80s and Glee Camps

If you weren’t able to make it out to Damn Yankees over the weekend, not only did you miss a hilarious show, but you missed the Youth Advisory Council’s “Art 4 Kidz” auction. The pieces and prizes were geared towards things that kids could use, but there were a few pieces that I bid on because they did a wonderful job of selecting prizes that appealed to everyone. Well done guys, I can’t wait to see what you come up with next year.

This weekend we don’t have any performances at the Center, but we do have rehearsals for Awesome 80s Prom, which kicks off next week. That means for the next week I’m walking around with a side ponytail and leg warmers that are so neon they make my eyes hurt. Oh yeah, it’s all 80s, all the time.

And lets not forget Spring Glee Camp is back! I’m about to head out to find out what songs their doing, and as always, I’ll post them so that proud moms, dads, grandparents and family can share the love.


Weekend Preview: Baseball is back

Just in time for Spring Training (which I love even though it doesn’t “count”) we’re having our own baseball moments at the Center this weekend with Damn Yankees. Basically, we’re going back to the 1950s where Joe makes a deal with the devil so that his team, the Washington Senators (who were a real team, by the way) can beat those “Damn Yankees*

Part of me loves this Broadway musical because it’s given me an excuse to make as many cracks at the Evil Empire as I can.But as I was listening to the soundtrack, I realized that its taken two opposing forces, a Broadway play and sports, and fused them together to create something really different that works for both audiences. If this sounds like it’s right up your alley, you can grab your tickets here.

Before the show, we’re also having a silent auction for our first ever Youth Advisory Council, called Art for Kidz. They’re trying to lay the foundation for next year’s YAC to have a better start financially than they did. They’re a wonderful bunch of young adults and I’m glad we have them around. The silent auction is from 6-7:30 on Saturday, right before Damn Yankees. You don’t need a ticket to browse the silent auction, so feel free to give back to the group that has given up so much to improve the art in Chandler.

 

*Yankees fans, just pretend the entire play is about the Red Sox. It still works and it might even be funnier.