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National Arts in Education Week 2017

Arts in education is worth celebrating! This week (9/10-9/17/2017) is National Arts in Education week – a great time to reflect on the impact of the arts on children across the country. But arts education has also changed the lives and work of the artists that foster learning experiences. Hear how educational experiences have shaped …read more

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“An Opera is a Story” with Toledo Opera

Opera Ignite is proud to collaborate with Toledo Opera to bring opera to preschoolers! “An Opera is a Story” is a classroom residency program that engages children ages 3-5 in early literacy and cognitive skills by exploring famous operas. In 2015, the children explored the opera Hansel and Gretel. As they sang and danced with the characters, …read more

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Reflections of India

The arts create a bridge between cultures. Opera Ignite’s Founding Director, Christina Farrell traveled to Rajkot, India in October 2015 as a teaching artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. During the residency, the classroom teachers learned drama, music and movement skills to support their students’ academic and cognitive growth. Christina …read more

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Arts-Integration in India

From Oct 19-30, Opera Ignite’s Founding Director, Christina Farrell, will lead an arts-integrated residency in Rajkot, Gujarat, India through the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. She will work with five classrooms at the MANJUL Playhouse and Nursery to support language development through drama and music experiences. The school serves 113 disadvantaged children, …read more

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International Arts Adventures

2015 is an exciting year for Opera Ignite’s Founding Director, Christina Farrell! Christina worked in Singapore from June 21-July 5 on behalf of the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. Along with Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artists, Paige Hernandez and Terlene Terry-Todd, Christina led professional development sessions for early childhood teachers, teaching …read more

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PNC Circle of Excellence Conference

What are the most important skills you bring to your job? Creativity? Critical Thinking? Communication? Collaboration? On June 9, Christina Farrell was a featured presenter at the PNC Circle of Excellence Conference in Tampa, FL where she described how Opera Ignite helps preschoolers develop these critical 21st century skills through Arts-integrated STEAM programs supported by PNC …read more

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Theater for the Very Young

What do babies get out of theater? Opera Ignite’s Founding Director, Christina Farrell, shared insights about theater for the very young with WESA’s Erika Beras. “Children that age are exploring the world through all of their senses,” Farrell said. “They don’t have the language capabilities yet, so they explore through touch, through sound, by moving through …read more

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Buzzword in Homewood – 4/25/15

Have some gigantic musical fun! As part of the Buzzword Pittsburgh initiative, Opera Ignite will lead an interactive experience for children and families at the Carnegie Library of Homewood to discover the word “GIGANTIC.” Families will explore big and small sounds through songs, creative movement and dramatic play. Imagine a pet as big as the ocean …read more

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The Barber of Seville – 5/2/15

For the last two months, children at the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Centers (COTRAIC) preschools have been exploring the opera “The Barber of Seville” with Opera Ignite teaching artists. Offered in partnership with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, the classroom workshops invite children to sing along with the characters, create a thunderstorm with their bodies …read more

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Pittsburgh Fringe Festival – 5/8-10/15

Opera Ignite is excited to participate in the 2015 Pittsburgh Fringe Festival!  The festival supports adventurous and exploratory performing artists by showcasing their uncensored artistic expression in a professional environment to equally as adventurous audiences and opportunities. Bonnie and Clementine, on Their Way to the Grand Canyon, Explore the Limits of the Dramatic Form & Welcome to …read more