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Letter from our Director, Marisol Sánchez-Best
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 our organization is most passionate about.
During this time, we continued programming that provide deep impact and consistency in our programs. We were able to:
- Maintain programs online that supported health, wellness, and mental health
- Launched national matinees breaking our own matinee attendance records by livestreaming shows like Dan + Claudia Zanes Sensory Friendly Concert, Black Violin and Step Afrika!
- Continued producing and celebrating programs such as DANCE This, STG’s AileyCamp and More Music @ the Moore.
- Became experts in online classes both synchronous and asynchronous in programs like AileyCamp, Broadway Inclusion Program, Beyond the Curtain and more...
- Kept artists employed and their work visible during the pandemic in programs like: RE: DEFINITION, Young Ambassadors, Starbucks UpNext and school residencies.
- Created new initiatives that led to in depth conversations with the community artists and leaders in programs like: ELEVATE, Community Advisory Group and The History Project.
STG believes that we must continue providing programming in Education + Community Engagement and we are striving to make it accessible to all. We believe no individual should feel excluded, we strive to be The People’s Theatre. El Teatro de la Gente- Tu Teatro.
ECE’s goal is to target 75% of our programs to include: Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+, Disabled/and or Neurodivergent, Transient, Homeless, Low Income, Womxn.
HOW WILL WE GET THERE?
- Rebuild our Education + Community Engagement team
- Restore programs + analyze past and existing programs and ensure they fit into our goal
- Continue virtual programming to increase our reach in communities that have benefited from this service
- Transition into in-person programming with intentionality and purpose
- Increase artist work + visibility.
- Increase community partnerships aligning with our goals
- Continue creating platforms for community artists and leaders to share and express opinions in creative and brave ways.
Con much amor y respeto para la comunidad,
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.