We are a member of Intersection for the Arts. Intersection for the Arts is a historic arts nonprofit that provides people working in arts and culture with fiscal sponsorship and resources to grow.
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The Quinan Street Project provides theatre education programming to students in Contra Costa County, and to the public elementary schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Our curriculum is crafted to balance the needs of the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards as well as the need for equity and social justice in a diverse community. Students are given the opportunity to learn how to use their individual voice to its fullest, and to see the world from myriad perspectives through the performing arts.
Executive Director, Anna Smith, was born and raised in Pinole, California and her heart remains there to this day. Holding a BFA in Musical Theatre from College of Santa Fe, as well as additional conservatory training at Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Anna has worked as an actor and teaching artist all over the Bay Area. Recently, Anna obtained her Master's degree in Equity and Social Justice in Education from San Francisco State University.
In October of 2011, at the recommendation of her mother, Anna began collaborating with Collins Elementary by volunteering to teach drama classes to the general education students. The experience of working with these students was incredibly rewarding, and the idea for The Quinan Street Project was born. Since then, an increasing number of schools have begun receiving drama programming from QSP. By 2021, QSP hopes to be serving more than 50% of public elementary schools in WCCUSD.
Executive Director, Anna Smith, teaches at Collins Elementary School
We believe that arts education is imperative for young minds to expand their problem-solving abilities, build literacy, and promote empathy. We believe that theatre is not just for the dominant culture and should be made accessible to as many people as possible. We believe that children have unexplored talents that should be nurtured and given the chance to grow, within and without the classroom. We believe that theatre can ignite passion within a person that they did not know they had, and that all children should be allowed to experience that awakening. We believe that children of all races and cultural backgrounds should be able to see themselves within the pieces they create and perform and that texts should reflect the culture of the students.