Extended Learning

Inside Out Community Arts, P.S. ARTS’ inaugural Extended Learning program, aims to give middle and high school students the tools, confidence and inspiration to make positive life choices and become engaged members of their communities.

Our nationally-recognized, award-winning prevention/intervention after-school program utilizes theater, movement, music, writing, and visual arts to explore the imagination in a positive manner in order for youth to build self-esteem, conflict resolution and socialization skills.  The program’s interactive workshops address the California Visual and Performing Arts and English-Language Arts Content Standards and introduce participants to the elements of creating a play. Working in teams, participants choose themes of importance to them and create and perform original plays giving voice to their concerns and dreams. Additionally the program’s intention is to build community between diverse youth from various geographic areas. The program brings them together in key program components that include a field trip to see a professional play, a weekend theater camping retreat, and a culminating performance of their original plays at a professional theater.

Theater Field Trip

Theater Field Trip

Students attend a professional theater performance to see a high-quality production that provides tangible examples of the ideas, concepts, and techniques taught in our program. Participants engage in a Q&A session with the professional actors, writers, and designers to get an in-depth experience that raises participants’ commitment levels and expectations of themselves and each other.

Culminating Performance

Culminating Performance

The journey from play creation to culminating performance synthesizes and strengthens all of the arts skills participants have been introduced to throughout the IOCA program, helps participants with discipline and goal setting, and strengthens self-esteem as they perform for an audience of 500 friends and families.

Family Workshops

Family Workshops

IOCA Family Workshops are a fun way for parents and youth to collaborate together using improvisation, movement, visual arts, and writing.  Each after-school program includes at least one weekend opportunity where Artist Leaders guide an intergenerational group in one of IOCA’s workshops.

IOCA Artist Leader <br> Training Academy

IOCA Artist Leader
Training Academy

A paid professional development opportunity for artists and arts educators to explore IOCA’s award-winning curriculum. Selected candidates enter the Artist Leader Training Academy as Trainees in order to complete comprehensive training in the IOCA curriculum and methodology.

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