Mondavi Center Arts Education is committed to providing the best opportunities for students of all ages to experience and appreciate the performing arts. We have designed culturally intensive educational programs for grades K-12 to meet the California Common Core State Standards and Visual and Performing Arts State Standards, and to open the classroom to the creative and imaginative process. For adults, our goal is to inspire the sensibilities and intellectual curiosity that sustain a fully engaged life. Through exposure to live performance and lively participation, we seek to ensure that the arts remain an integral part of our community’s rich inheritance.
Attending a school matinee at the Mondavi Center might be the first opportunity students have to be part of an audience for live performance. Select school matinee performances are supported by free Pre-Matinee Classroom Talks given by a Friend of Mondavi Center docent.
Cue Sheets are created for teachers to prepare their students before attending a school matinee. They are intended to provide background information on the artists, the art form, any geographical, demographic, or cultural information that would enhance students’ understanding of the performance.
We offer free dance classes in Davis and Sacramento for people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.
The Mondavi Center occasionally offers sensory-friendly experiences for children and adults on the autism spectrum. These special events feature adaptations to make everyone feel comfortable, such as:
- Relaxed arts experience where it is okay to talk and move about during the performance
- Pre-visit story guide
- Softer lighting and music
- Hands-on exploration
- Quiet room
See a sample pre-visit story guide here: February 24, 2018 - FREE Sensory Friendly Curtis Institute Performance - Pre-Visit Guide
To receive information about future sensory-friendly offerings, email Arts Education Coordinator Jennifer Mast at email@example.com