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Letter from our Director, Marisol Sánchez-Best
COVID-19 Update: In-person programming is currently on pause for the safety of our students, artists, and community members. We are staying active digitally -- please check out all of the current digital programming in the Education & Community Engagement sections of this page.
Since the pandemic hit, STG has continued to work diligently on Educational and Community Engagements. In March of 2020, we were forced to cancel in-person events and shift to online programs. Like many others, our staff had to quickly learn new skills in order to continue the work that our organization is most passionate about.
Between March 13 and August 31, 2020, 43 Educational and Community Engagement programs were canceled and 182 were transferred to online events. Our staff, colleagues, students, and communities have kept us motivated. You inspire us to continue pushing beyond our comfort levels while re-evaluating and re-imagining ways we can connect with you for shared arts experiences.
As a team, we want ensure that historically underrepresented communities continue to be served. I’d like to personally ask for your continued support whether it’s with a note, a new formed partnership, or a financial donation.
I personally would love to hear from you. What do you want to see in our programs?
The arts heal, no doubt about it. I cannot wait until the day we can all gather in a communal space, and experience the live arts together.
Con amor y respeto,
Marisol Sánchez-Best, Director of Education & Community Engagement
Who We Serve
STG’s Education and Community Engagement Department serves over 56,000 Pacific Northwest residents each season. These programs uplift historically under-represented communities, and provide authentic opportunities to engage deeply with the artists and ideas of our times.
In the 2018-2019 season, our vision was expressed through 964 individual engagements including 750 free events and over 14,000 free or reduced cost tickets. We launched our first ever sensory-friendly performance of Disney’s The Lion King and a Digital Education Program with Dear Evan Hansen as well as expanded upon existing educational and community programs such as STG’s Dance for PD®, AileyCamp, Disney Musicals in School, and our Theatre Access Program provided 14,079 free or reduced tickets to community members.
STG’s Education Programs provide trainings and classes focused on personal and professional development for participants in schools, community centers, and STG theatres. The goal of these sessions and events is to empower, enrich, and celebrate participants’ quality of life using the arts.
Our vision for Education Programs:
- Connect the community with meaningful arts learning opportunities
- Ignite the possibilities of what participants role in the arts can be
- Empower participants to be and develop their best selves
- Support artistic and personal growth and goals
- Celebrate everyone’s artistry and brilliance
STG’s Community Engagement creates work and programs in partnership with artists, community members, and organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest. The goal of Community Engagements is to showcase artists and their work, collaborate with creatives, cultural groups, and non-profit organizations, and share professional opportunities that positively impact people in our region.
Our vision for Community Engagement:
- Create opportunities for people of different cultural backgrounds and artistic mediums to collaborate on projects and performances
- Elevate the voices of Black, Indigenous, and people of color and historically underrepresented communities
- Provide Professional Development opportunities to artists
- Deepen the experience and perspectives on arts performances
Meet our Team
Our Education & Community Engagement team is excited to connect with you!
Meet our Artists
Our Education & Community Engagement team is fortunate to work with an incredible team of artists in our programs! You can read more about them here.