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Connecting Arts-N-Schools

The Connecting Arts-N-Schools (CANS) series is designed to bring performing artists directly into schools for students grades PreK - 12. Programs are intended to enhance the in-school curriculum by engaging students and teachers in the arts impactfully. Connecting Arts-N-Schools events are held throughout the school year with a focus on neighboring schools in the West Philadelphia community. Events are 60 minutes long and presented free of charge.

The program has served over 69,000 young people since 2003. Recent CANS performances have featured: 

  • Flamenco Olé!
  • Gabriele Tefsa-Guma & Dancers
  • Give and Take Jugglers & Little Circus
  • Inca Son
  • Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble
  • Sharon Katz & The Peace Train
  • The Rock School for Dance Education
  • Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble
  • Usiloquy Dance Designs
  • Zen One Dance Collective

2018 CANS Series
Klezmer Meets Jazz
April 30 - May 4

The Mann is delighted to announce that we are bringing our CANS initiative to our festival partner schools once again with our 2018 presentation of Klezmer Meets Jazz. To date, CANS has reached more than 65,000 students citywide through a series of multidisciplinary programs in music, dance, and theater. Klezmer Meets Jazz will explore the side-by-side development of two improvising music and dance traditions: Jazz & traditional Jewish Klezmer. For more information on Connecting Arts-N-Schools or to become a participating school, please contact Rhoda Blount, Senior Advisor for Education and Community Engagement, or Maggie Bond, Manager of Education and Community Engagement Operations, at education@manncenter.org.