18. May 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

Symphony Silicon Valley wants to send every elementary school student in Santa Clara County to a professional arts event, and it hopes its Facebook friends can help make that happen.

The program, ArtSpark Silicon Valley, is aimed at kids in third through sixth grade and will launch in the fall. Symphony President Andrew Bales says it already has the backing of several county arts groups and school districts.

Students would be exposed to performances from groups including the San Jose Rep, Opera San Jose and TheatreWorks. The events would be paired with museum visits or other cultural performances.

“The arts have fallen so far behind in our classrooms that only teachers who are pre-inclined to use the arts do so,” Bales said.

The program wouldn’t cost school districts or taxpayers a thing, Bales said. But the funding has to come from somewhere, and that’s where Facebook comes in.


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