Jazz: Inviting The Next Generation

When I was a student at Overland Avenue Elementary School, the Hamilton High School jazz band came to perform in our school auditorium.  They played “In the Mood” and teased us with several “false endings” […]

Arts Now: Los Angeles County Arts Education Summit

On December 8, 2017 the California Alliance for Arts Education and the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective came together to produce Arts Now: Los Angeles County Arts Education Summit. For the Alliance, this was part of […]

GRoWing at The Wallis

Our education program are founded on the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts. Our GRoW @ The Wallis programming is designed around two main objectives. We offer exceptional platforms for […]

Authentic Casting of People with Disabilities: “Nothing About Us, Without Us”

We are very proud to provide an artistic home for Coby Bird, a young artist with autism.  He has been a vital member of our Wallis Family, participating in The Miracle Project classes and performances and […]

Investing in Young Actors

Our 2017-18 season marks the second year of The Wallis Youth Theater Company. Under the leadership of Madeleine Dahm, Artist-in-Residence for GRoW @ The Wallis, the Company provides an opportunity for young actors (ages 19-25) […]

The Arts Are a Powerful Dropout Prevention Strategy

This blog post is drawn from Mark Slavkin’s speech to the National Dropout Prevention Center (http://dropoutprevention.org/) conference in Palm Spring, October 24, 2017. Good morning.  I’m delighted to be here and want to express special […]

Time to Reimagine Arts Education for California’s Schools

Thanks to recent legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown, it is time to update the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Schools.  The current standards were approved by the State Board of Education […]

The Art of Choreography: Exploring Site Specific Dance

In designing programs for GRoW @ The Wallis, we first look to the artists and art forms on our stages for inspiration.  We then consider this question – “what does the LA area need that […]

Fostering Friendships and Understanding Through the Arts

On the closing day of our recent week-long musical theater camp with The Miracle Project, we asked participants and volunteers to share brief reflections of their experiences at The Wallis. Here are some of their […]