Poway OnStage celebrates Black History Month
Poway OnStage’s popular Virtual Field Trip Series continues through Feb.26with a celebration of Black history and culture starring celebrated vocalist, writer and arts educator Ashli St. Armant, aka “Jazzy Ash.”
In Poway OnStage’s Virtual Field Trip celebrating Black History Month, Jazzy Ash will introduce students to the musical stylings of zydeco, jazz, blues and swing in her energetic and engaging concert. She draws out the roots of West African song traditions, rhythms and games. Extension activities include an interactive instrument match game, a storybook reading and a visual art lesson.
Launched in September of 2020, Poway OnStage’s Virtual Field Trips are designed to keep children connected to the Arts while distance learning. Each Field Trip includes:
•Tour of the Poway Center for Performing Arts
• Pre-Recorded Performance
• VAPA Extension Activities
Virtual Field Trips are presented free of chargeto San Diego County residents and schools via scholarships funded by Poway OnStage. Students, teachers and families outside San Diego County may access the field trips for a small fee.
The series has proven to be popular, garnering more than 370,000 sign ups from around the world.
“We knew we were on to something good when we started seeing sign-ups from countries as distant as Malaysia and Indonesia. But we never imagined the series would take off quite the way it has,” said Sharlene O’Keefe, operations and program manager for Poway OnStage and the chief architect of Poway OnStage’s Arts in Education Initiative. “What started out as an effort to help the children and families of Poway and San Diego County is finding an audience throughout the country and well beyond the borders of the U.S.”
About Jazzy Ash:
Ashli St. Armant is a celebrated vocalist, writer, arts educator and founder of Leaping Lizards Music, a music and theater education program for students, preschool through 12th grade. She tours the United States with her band, Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards, performing jazz for young audiences. Together, they have performed at numerous venues including Lincoln Center and Sprout Network (NBC), produced four albums, and have been featured by NPR and the LA Times. She is from California “by way of New Orleans.”
The Field Trip is designed for Grades K-5. Sign up is required at https://www.powayonstage.org/arts-in-education/artsed-onstage/.
For more information on Jazzy Ash, visit http://www.jazzyash.com/