GRoW @ The Wallis
The Wallis believes everyone deserves to learn and grow through the arts. Thanks to a generous gift from Gregory Annenberg Weingarten and Family, our campus includes a wing dedicated to sharing the arts with learners of all ages. Arts learning is integral to all that we do at The Wallis: connecting audiences with the very best in the performing arts; using the power of the arts to build community and address pressing social issues; and responding to critical needs in the greater community through arts leadership, collaboration and partnership. Our GRoW programs serve youth, serious young artists, and older adults online, in our classrooms, and in our theaters.
CURRENT COURSES OFFERED
Our School Partners Program
welcomes thousands of Los Angeles area 1st through 12th grade students each year to special student matinee performances with local, national, and international artists in music, dance, and theater. Because our theaters are dark during the pandemic, we are instead offering exceptional online arts experiences for students in ten of our key partner schools. MORE INFO
Programs for Young Artists
: We are proud to invest in the development of young and emerging artists through in-depth programs such as Wallis Studio Ensemble
and Creating Musical Theater
. Our course offerings also include collaborations with organizations such as The Miracle Project
, which provides theater programs for young people with autism and their typical peers, and Broadway Dreams
, a summer intensive program with professional Broadway performers for anyone who has the dream and drive to appear on The Great White Way
Programs for Older Adults 55+
: GRoW @ The Wallis embraces the value of creative aging. We offer two programs – Staged Stories
and Beyond Words
– for those 55 and older to tap their creativity and find new ways to share their personal stories.
The Z. Clark Branson/Stage Raw/GRoW @ The Wallis Young Journalists Initiative
is a partnership with Stage Raw that offers young journalists mentorships with professional journalists. MORE INFO
Voices of History
is a collaboration with Holocaust Museum LA. During the summer teens meet with Holocaust survivors to learn their important personal stories. The students then work with a theater artist to craft a brief performance that shares key aspects of these important stories. Between the interviews, the creation of a theater piece, and the public performance, we know these stories will live within these young people forever. WATCH HERE
Master Classes with visiting artists provide exceptional opportunities for young artists to learn from some of the great artists of our time such as Suzanne Farrell, Judith Jamison, Patti LuPone, Arturo Sandoval and other extraordinary artists.
The Wallis nurtures the artist in all of us with Community Classes
. These include Dancing Through Parkinson’s
with Invertigo Dance Theatre and Dance Sundays – free outdoor dance classes led by Debbie Allen.
Through our Community Partners Program
, The Wallis invites other nonprofit agencies and the people they serve to become part of our Wallis Family, allocating free tickets to shows throughout the year and convening partners to explore new opportunities for collaboration. MORE INFO
an interview with Wallis Director of Education Mark Slavkin.
The Wallis is proud to be a recipient of a grant from the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts for the third year in a row. Funding will support a classical music student matinee that will bring up to 500 Los Angels-area school students to see one of the world-class chamber ensembles during our 2019/20 Season. Help The Wallis receive even more funding by visiting the Pasadena House of Design through May 2019 by printing the flyer at this link. For each flyer redeemed, we will receive an additional five dollar donation to support GRoW @ The Wallis.