The Connecting Arts-N-Schools series was designed to bring artists directly into the schools for a four year partnership at no cost to the schools - connecting students and teachers with the performing arts in deep and meaningful ways, offering performances that both enhance the in-school curriculum, and introduce students to worlds they have never known.
Connecting Arts-N-Schools (CANS) began in 2003 to bring cultural performing arts into four elementary and middle schools in West Philadelphia; we reached 500 children that year. The Mann Center recently completed its 9th season in December 2011. Our season highlights included over 30 performances in 22 Philadelphia area schools with over 9,000 students in attendance!
What are people saying about Connecting Arts-N-Schools?
“If not for the Connecting Arts-N-Schools Program, our students would not have the opportunity to experience music, dance and drama from other cultures. So often urban schools are not provided with the funds that provide opportunities for students to be exposed to the arts. As a result of our partnership with the Mann, our students are exposed to the arts, and have learned how to appreciate our cultural differences!”
- Carolynn Jackson, Principal, Martha Washington School
“The Peace Train was unforgettable. This powerful troupe from South Africa created an explosion of musical expression and energy in our auditorium. Our students are still referring to many of the rhythms, costumes, and excitement of this marvelous exposure! This type of programming is so valuable to young minds because it broadens their perception of life and gives them a “peek” at other cultures of the world. Please continue to create these exciting programs that inspire the youth of Philadelphia and the surrounding communities. We appreciate you and the efforts of your fantastic staff. Thank you so much!
- Ardie Stuart Brown, Director, The Spring School of the Arts
Connecting Arts-N-Schools has been made possible with support from:
- The LENFEST Foundation
- Enon Baptist Community Ministries