For teachers, educational curriculum guides are provided as part of this program to help students learn about the arts by incorporating vocabulary into their daily lessons. Additionally, students experience a variety of cultures and learn the importance of specific art forms and the impact of the arts on the surrounding world. 

“I feel like when teachers go through the extra effort to plan a field trip, that their efforts pay off when the trip has a lasting impression on the kids,” Ong said. “I also hope they can take away some curricular ideas through our curriculum guide.”

By presenting a diverse array of performers, Ong said she hopes students take away having had exposure to new art forms and different cultures, as well as lasting memories of these arts experiences. To have students see artists onstage who look like them or challenge their preconceived notions is the ultimate win.

“Arts organizations are the second responders — we’re going to be thing that helps people heal in this pandemic,” Ong said. “We want to provide these joyful opportunities to students who have been through a very hard time and learning from home all year. We hope this virtual field trip will get them excited and provide them with something unique.”

Two out of the three performance groups will be performing live from ASU Gammage’s stage, and a live Q&A will follow each performance. All performances will begin at 10:30 a.m. and last one hour. 

To learn more about The Molly Blank Fund Performances for Students series and how to register visit the ASU Gammage website.

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