Good things happen when good seeds are planted.
We are planting the seeds that cultivate the quality of life.
CULTIVATION is our in-house and outreach education program in music, dance and media for Youth and Special-Needs Populations, especially those students who otherwise would not be able to afford, access nor participate in the arts.
CULTIVATION is a music, movement and media process that nurtures artistic excellence through sequential steps, beginning with exposure to the craft; participation in classes in that craft and, finally, execution of materials as a completed production.
This widely-recognized Arts Education Project is a year-round program with URBAN-15 arts professionals in the schools, classes and workshops in our studio, and major city-wide concerts. Our programs annually serve over 10,000 students from 41 schools and community centers.
The current CULTIVATION Projects are:
SAMBA CHICAS and DRUM CREWE - our free, in-house dance and drum classes for elementary through high school-age students. This skills-based program is entry level young people from throughout the city. URBAN-15 is located in an “at risk” neighborhood with a large population of children attending five schools within walking-distance.
RADIANT BEAMS - In Spring 2010 with support from the City of San Antonio’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Educational Initiative, the Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children and URBAN-15 created an after-school percussion ensemble. URBAN-15 instructors integrate vocal, percussion and movement into the training that include compositions using Cuban son, reggae, samba, funk and rock.
THE MISSION ACADEMY RESIDENCY is an annual event that has two components: “Dance Advance” – a high energy movement workshop and “The Drum Crewe” - a percussion ensemble performing on found and traditional instruments. This two-week residency occurs during school hours and culminates with a concert production. The most important tool we have to gauge success is the public performance. We can gauge growth and measure the progress from the opening session to this important moment.
The Josiah Media Festival – A nationwide film festival open to filmmakers 21 years of age and younger. Prizes are awarded in narrative, experimental, animation, and documentary categories.
The Holiday Laser Show – A multimedia display with choreographed laser beams and animation set to holiday music. The show is performed for over 8,000 students from 36 schools and community centers. URBAN-15 arranges for underwriting to cover the costs so students and teachers can attend for free.
Past schools and community centers that have been involved in URBAN-15’s Cultivation programs include:
Alzheimer Center of San Antonio
American Indians in Texas
Barkley/Ruiz Elementary School
Bonham Elementary School
Bowden Elementary School
Brackenridge High School
Douglas Elementary School
Film School of San Antonio at Harlandale HS
Healy-Murphy Learning Center
Henry Ford Academy
Herff Elementary School
Martin Luther King Academy
Martinez Women’s Center
New Frontiers Charter School
Northeast Schol of the Arts
Page Middle School
Presa Community Center
Robert B. Green Elementary School
San Antonio Home School Association
San Antonio State Hospital
School for Inquiry and Creativity
St. Anthony’s School
St. Ceceilia’s Church
St. Ceceilia’s School
St. Paul’s Lutheran Kindergarten
Steele Elementary School
Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children
Thomas Jefferson High School
Westside Arts Coalition