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2017's outreach presentation of THE NUTCRACKER was a huge success! Thanks to all the teachers and volunteers who helped make this event possible. Please check back with us for future programs, and to submit your information to be on our mailing list for updates, please email



 What Inspired You?

Do you remember the first time art took your breath away? Maybe it was the pealing bells in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Maybe it was watching a dancer spin and leap, or an actor conjure up a story right before your eyes. Maybe it was seeing an artist create a new world with brush strokes and canvas. Whatever your moment, it struck a nerve and caught your breath. It was unexpected and it changed you. 

ArtSPARK brings that moment of inspiration to your students with age-appropriate performances by professional arts troupes at their home theaters. Classroom materials based on the new Common Core State Standards will support performances; transportation is provided, and the events are totally free to the school, district and students.

When ArtSPARKsv is fully operational, it will bring every 3rd through 6th grader in Santa Clara County to professional-quality arts experiences every year, giving them a shared basic cultural vocabulary and the “spark” that can ignite a lifelong pursuit of excellence.

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The ArtSPARK Program:

Free, Free, Free:

  • Free to all Santa Clara County Schools. Busing is included.
  • At capacity, every student in grades 3–6 will be bused to an age-appropriate performance by a professional arts producer in its home facility (2014-15 season includes grades 3, & 4 only at this time).



How exposure to the arts changes lives


 What Is YOUR Story?

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Lee Kopp, Director ArtSPARKsv
Phone: 408-286-2600, Ext 27
Fax:  408-286-2600

Symphony Silicon Valley
PO Box 790
San Jose, CA 95106

Strike the spark that ignites a child's imagination


© 2017 Symphony Silicon Valley
P.O. Box 790, San Jose, CA 95106-0790
325 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Phone or Fax: (408) 286-2600

Supported, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San José