Our Education & Community Engagement programs serve the same purpose in two different ways. These programs are the arm of our organization that reaches out to the community to provide free access to art for the means of education and quality of life.
This program began as a response to Covid19 closures. It was our way to reach out to the community and bring some brightness to people’s day during a time of such isolation and uncertainty. Curbside Opera allows us to take our mobile opera ‘stage’ and perform in neighborhoods around the city. These locations include local city parks or other public spaces where there is enough space for people to join us while also maintaining appropriate social distance from each other. We have designed our mobile ‘stage’ to allow for maximum space between singers and audience members in order to maintain strict safety procedures. This allows us to perform while also keeping everyone involved safe and healthy.
El Paso Opera brings Opera into the community! With our monthly ‘First Fridays’ series, El Paso Opera will provide free performances throughout El Paso for the community to enjoy. Opera is a beautiful art form which should be enjoyed by everyone regardless of age, demographic and financial circumstance. Providing free performances allows us to ensure enjoyment by the masses! Performances feature El Paso Opera Resident Artists.
Our Education Program connects with the community via our Teaching Artist (TA) and our Youth Night at the Opera. In a typical year, the TA visits local classrooms and presents supplementary curriculum to help students learn about Opera. In addition, the TA provides free ‘mini’ performances as part of these presentations to best demonstrate the unique qualities of opera singing and to further educate students on some of the most famous pieces of music. These same students are then invited to attend our Youth Night at the Opera, where they will experience a full El Paso Opera production for free! Due to the demographics and socioeconomic status of many of El Paso’s neighborhoods, many of these students would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend professional artistic performances.
Due to current health restrictions, we do not anticipate being invited onto school campuses or being allowed to host field trips. These programs have been adapted for the current season due to COVID-19 restrictions. With all school districts including some component of virtual learning, more than ever teachers will need assistance and support. Our Teaching Artist will provide these services remotely while ensuring support and guidance when needed. This season, in lieu of our Youth Night at the Opera our Education Program will include access to our streamed performance of Bon Appétit! Our Teaching Artist will support classroom teachers with pre- and post-lessons to reinforce the main tenets of opera performance while calling back to details of the show. Bon Appetit! is a great introduction to opera for our students due to its accessibility and universal theme of food.
Our Education program is offered to more than just traditional school-based education. This program is offered and available to home-school groups, scout troops, youth groups and other community youth organizations with an interest in the arts. It is another way in which El Paso Opera connects with the community!