Opera Ignite’s Founding Director, Christina Farrell, believes that every child’s greatest potential lies within his or her ability to imagine. By bringing music, drama and creative movement to the classroom, children are able to use all of their senses to dig deeply into each subject area. They are encouraged to ask “what if” and test their knowledge through innovative explorations.
The value of learning through the arts continues to be validated through research and Opera Ignite aims to support educators and arts administrators in their efforts to utilize the power of creative learning. To learn how Opera Ignite can inspire your educational work, contact Christina Farrell at 724-972-1031 or [email protected]
Opera Ignite was founded in 2005, under the name of Greensburg American Opera. The initial goal was to produce accessible opera in English for new audiences. One of the earliest productions was an auditorium program for elementary schools called “Opera? No Way!” The show was rostered with Gateway to the Arts and was performed for over 60 schools in SW Pennsylvania, reaching over 12,000 children.
Soon, Opera Ignite began to provide classroom residencies and professional development workshops in schools for Gateway to the Arts and other arts and education organizations. Through this process, Opera Ignite has developed a comprehensive understanding of educational needs in local communities and across the nation. This specialized expertise has positioned Opera Ignite as a valued asset in arts-integration programming.
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