Opera Ignite supports a wide variety of arts and education organizations by providing specialized educational consultation. Areas of support include education staff training, audience engagement strategies, identifying current educational trends, effective grant reporting, developing assessment tools and defining project goals. Opera Ignite is pleased to work collaboratively with other educational professionals or to support small organizations without educational staff.
In 2008, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh had an exciting opportunity to develop opera programming for preschoolers. They did not have an education staff member, so Opera Ignite worked closely with OTP to define the project goals, develop the curriculum and support grant-writing and reporting. Each year, the program (titled Opera Tots) has received increased financial support and currently reaches 700 children in the Pittsburgh area. In 2014, “An Opera is a Story” expanded to Ohio! Opera Ignite consulted with Toledo Opera to meet the grant criteria of local funders, adapt the program to meet Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards, plan the program timeline, train teaching artists and conduct all follow-up documentation.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra approached Opera Ignite to develop a series of interactive audience engagement experiences. Working closely with the audience engagement and education staff members at PSO, Opera Ignite helped to outline a timeline for the program, develop a format for pre-show workshops and post-show discussion that would be effective for adult audiences, create evaluation forms and assess feedback from participants.
Opera Ignite works in collaboration with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh as a supporting partner for the Buzzword Pittsburgh program, supported by PNC Grow Up Great. This two-year, community-wide project was initiated in 2014 with the goal of addressing the vocabulary gap among low-income families. Opera Ignite worked in partnership with the five other Buzzword partner organizations (Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust) to establish specific program goals, identify professional development needs among the partners, compile family engagement strategies, develop material formats, provide program documentation and represent the program to members of the public.