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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Virtual Field Trips for Educators & Groups
Presented by the EQT Children's Theater Festival, Oct 15 - Nov 5
Virtual Field Trips include Sugar Skull! and JazzTime!
Registration exclusively for educators and group leaders to share with
students and young arts enthusiasts at TrustArts.org/PGHKids
Pittsburgh, PA - The Pittsburgh Cultural is excited to announce two new virtual trips exclusively for educators and group leaders, presented by the EQT Children’s Theater Festival and in partnership with the Children’s Theater Series. JazzTime! Musical for Children and Families and Sugar Skull! are currently accepting registrations at TrustArts.org/PGHkids and will be open for educators, group leaders, and homeschools to share with their students October 15 through November 5, 2021.
“Until it is safe for families and children throughout the district and beyond to gather again in-person for the next EQT Children’s Theater Festival, we are thrilled to present Sugar Skull! and JazzTime! specifically for educators” says Pamela Komar, the festival’s director. “We understand better than anyone the struggle educators have had during the pandemic while adjusting to the virtual learning curve and these virtual field trips are a perfect way to continue our mission of connecting children with the magic of children’s theater.”
A Virtual Día de Muertos Adventure for school groups, Spanish Clubs, Conversational Spanish Groups and homeschoolers Mexico Beyond Mariachi presented by the EQT Children’s Theater Festival in partnership with the Children’s Theater Series
Students are invited on a virtual journey with Sugar Skull, a charismatic candy skeleton, as he follows the music towards the ultimate party! He is spurred on by the tricky Chaneques, who desperately want him to be the centerpiece on their ofrenda. Along the path, Sugar Skull meets many colorful characters who teach him how Day of the Dead is much more than a party--it is a celebration of life! Sugar Skull! is a joyful adventure that delves into the rich traditions of Día de Los Muertos to deepen students’ understanding of Mexican and Latin American culture. Featuring regional dances of Mexico, colorful costumes and traditional music, Sugar Skull! teaches about Mexican culture beyond the expected! This 30 minute virtual performance is available in English or Spanish with subtitles and comes with a robust study guide.
JazzTime! Musical for Children and Families
Adapted from Stage to Screen for educators and group leaders
Produced by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust with support from PNC Grow Up Great presented in partnership with the EQT Children’s Theater Festival and Children’s Theater Series
In this 30 minute production, students will experience the styles and elements of jazz music through a special musical created and performed by local Pittsburgh talents! The show will begin with Grandma Rose as she reminisces about the good old days as a popular vocalist with a band of the finest musicians. After a clumsy fall over the boxes in her attic, Rose awakes to music being played by her old band! Now reunited, they sing the old songs that taught her all about jazz music, exploring tempo, dynamics, melody, improvisation and more. This musical performance adapted for the screen presents children with an introduction to jazz that will be sure to inspire.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. TrustArts.org | @CulturalTrust on Facebook · Instagram · Twitter
The EQT Children’s Theater Festival is a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is known for performances and area premieres from artists around the world, free outdoor arts, music and installations, and unique free hands-on activities for any age. The Festival welcomes everyone to participate in the educational and cultural experiences that bring people together while enjoying elements of fun and surprise. The EQT Foundation, the charitable affiliation of EQT Corporation, continues to serve as the lead and title sponsor of the Children’s Theater Festival. Established in 2003, the EQT Foundation provides educational opportunities for children, as well as adults, values the development of livable communities, and is committed to the preservation of natural resources. The EQT Foundation prides itself on being a responsible corporate citizen and invests in programs that promote an understanding of culture and heritage.