"The Nutcracker Suite:" Exposing Youth to Classical Music and Dance
This educational performance culminates the work of the experiential learning model —high school students enrolled concurrently with SMC college students training under the direction of professionals. This production is a partnership between the world renowned Westside Ballet of Santa Monica and Santa Monica College Dance and Music Departments. The Santa Monica College Symphony will accompany the performance. Fifth graders from the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District will attend. SMC’s Caprice Walker will guide everyone through an experience of the wonder and transformative power of "The Nutcracker."
Wed, Nov 27 | 10:30am | The Broad Stage | 1310 11th Street, SM 90401
Free and Open to the Public
Reservation required as space is limited. Send email to: email@example.com with the number of guests attending.
George Balenchine’s "The Nutcracker Ballet"
The Westside Ballet’s traditional, full length ballet in two acts has exuberant choreography and lavish costumes. Set to Tchaikovsky’s majestic score, the dancers will be accompanied by the Santa Monica College Symphony. Brought to life by falling snow and a Christmas tree that grows, this ballet captures the spirit of George Balanchine’s original version and the traditional Petipa classic in quality, integrity and musicality.
Sat, Nov 30 & Sun, Dec 1 | 1 & 5pm | $25 & $35 | The Broad Stage | 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica 90401
Tickets available for purchase at HERE.
The Yvonne Mounsey Benefit Tea
Join Clara on her magical Christmas Eve journey and her cast of Nutcracker characters. 100% of proceeds benefit equally the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, the SMC Foundation, and Westside Ballet of Santa Monica.
Sat, Nov 30 and Sun, Dec. 1 | 3pm | $25 children under 12; $35 adults
Tent in the Courtyard of the SMC Performing Arts Campus | 1310 11th Street, SM 90401
Tickets available for purchase at HERE.
3rd Annual Spring Symposium - MAY 12-15
Arts & Citizenship:
Effecting Public Policy
through Personal Narrative
Effective public policy in the Arts and Cultural Affairs "track" enhances democracy and enlivens discourse among its citizenry. We agree with the activist author, Terry Tempest Williams, that "democracy is an ongoing project." For our democracy to produce solutions to today's many challenges, citizens need to learn "how to speak a language that opens hearts.” She continues, “Words, stories and poems [are forms of expression] that lead to empathy" and reflection. Through the art forms of the Humanities, citizens can build understanding of themselves and others, and of beauty itself. This understanding, in turn, can support what Williams calls, "the open space of democracy . . . [that is] essential to our survival as a species." Furthermore for our survival, what we build and develop through public policy must not occur "at the expense of life," but "out of a reverence for life." Throughout the 3rd Annual Spring Symposium, we as lifelong learners will examine a theme that resonates throughout Terry Tempest Williams' work: Thriving democracy, a thriving polis, and a thriving citizenry require the beauty, empathy and openness that only the arts can produce.
Community Forum: Moth Radio
Mon, May 12 | 7pm | Details and Location coming soon | Free and Open to the Public
Tues, May 13 | 11:15am-12:35pm | Details and Location coming soon | Free and Open to the Public
Community Keynote Address by Terry Tempest Williams
Terry Tempest Williams is a conservationist, advocate for free speech, and author of environmental literature classics, including Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family & Place and Finding Beauty in a Broken World. She has been called "a citizen writer," a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. "So here is my question," she asks, "what might a different kind of power look like, feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably even beyond our own species?"
Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen. She also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction. She was featured in Ken Burns' PBS series on the national parks.
Terry Tempest Williams is currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. Her writing has appeared in The Progressive, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change.
Wed, May 14 | 7pm | Details and Location coming soon | Free and Open to the Public
Thurs, May 15 | 11:15am-12:35pm | Details and Location coming soon | Free and Open to the Public