We believe that all children are inherently creative and aim to tap into each child’s inner artist. Some of our students come to us ready for the spotlight, others are more hesitant performers. We work with everyone on this spectrum to find individual comfort levels and discover new skills.
CASA’s 20th Anniversary Art Show (1/19/17 – 1/21/17)
Each year CASA’s diverse team of artist/educators work alongside our nearly 300 kindergarten through sixth graders to produce these magical events which explore social justice themes. This year, our theme is Me, Myself & I: An Exploration of Identity. We were thrilled to receive a grant from The San Francisco Arts Commission allowing us to go deeper in creating innovative and expressive creations which explore gender identity with our students. Led by artist, designer & engineer, Ammo Eisu- our students have created many incredible pieces, including piñatas that allow participants to ‘bash’ gender stereotypes and find the treasures within, t‐shirts with gender empowering slogans, kid-designed gender neutral restroom signs, portraits of trans activists, and a pronoun parade. All works will be for sale and will benefit CASA’s scholarship program.
Join us for an inspiring evening of art & performance at SOMArts gallery on Saturday, January 21st at 6pm. There will also be a 21+ opening and drag show at 7pm on Thursday, January 19th. Gallery hours are open to the public 1/19 – 1/21 from 12pm – 6pm.
The CASA Musical
Each year, CASA’s Spring Musical and Benefit provides a unique opportunity to 200 kindergarten through 5th graders. Working with each individual child, CASA finds a place for everyone to participate in this incredible ensemble production. Each graduating 5th grader creates their own character and then portrays them, in full costume, as leads in an original musical on a professional stage.
Every year, the CASA Annual Spring Musical explores a different theme of interest to our students. In 2015 our theme was SAN FRANCISCO. The CASA kids dove into San Francisco history while also exploring The City’s rapid change, focusing on issues of gentrification, displacement and identity. The script was developed through a series of improvisations and writing exercises with the 5th grade leads, and the result, City Not For Sale- was stunning!
Working side-by-side with professional actors, musicians, technicians and designers, the CASA students produce a truly magnificent theatrical experience that doesn’t shy away from difficult subject matters. CASA musicals take kids on an adventurous journey of self-discovery culminating in a lively celebration of individuality and experiential development.
The 2017 CASA Musical will be at Lowell High School’s Carol Channing Theater on Saturday, May 6th at 6pm and Sunday, May 7th at 2pm.