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Opera Cultura receives grant for elementary school residency program

October 24, 2018

Maricela Gallegos and Consuelo Yepiz, primary sponsors of the Coyotes and Rabbits residency program
(Photo taken at the Canto: New Voices Concert on Oct 6 in San Jose)
Opera Cultura has received a $1,725 grant from the California Arts Council in support of an exciting new Coyotes and Rabbits residency program for Title 1 elementary schools in San Jose!
We need to match the grant, so we are launching a fundraising campaign. All funds raised will also help us meet our fall fundraising goal of $5,000 in individual contributions (more on this to follow soon!).
Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated to support this wonderful program. Please help us meet our match goal - click here to donate today! 

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to several individuals who already made generous contributions to this campaign:
Primary Sponsors ($400+)
Herman & Maricela Gallegos 
Elizabeth Hernandez
Consuelo and Fred Yepiz
Robyn Anderson
Barbara McKee
Fernando & Cecily Zazueta
Alexa & Walter Anderson
Claudia Lopez
Consuelo & Fred Yepiz
Rawnie Clements

Composer & Artistic Director Héctor Armienta with Herman & Maricela Gallegos, who are primary sponsors of the Coyotes and Rabbits residency program, and their grandchildren
(From left to right, Héctor Armienta, Matthew Stiger, Maricela Gallegos, Marina Stiger, and Herman Gallegos)


About the Coyotes and Rabbits/Los Coyotes y Las Conejas Elementary School Residency Program 

This exciting new artist residency program will be brought to Title 1 (low-income) elementary schools in San Jose. The program is based on Héctor Armienta's bilingual children's opera Coyotes and Rabbits/Los Coyotes y Las Conejas. The program lasts for six weeks, with the teaching artist visiting 4 second- and third-grade classrooms at each school once per week. Children will be introduced to elements of opera and will learn basic music concepts, such as rhythm, melody, motif, and timbre. They will also practice singing by learning the choral section of the opera, with the goal of performing a scene at the end of the residency. The program has a curriculum connection to language arts, emphasizing the importance of literacy - Reading is a Magical Thing!