Since our founding in 1988, 651 ARTS has created high-quality and innovative educational programming that has direct impact on students, parents, and arts and non-arts educators. 651’s educational programming has been critical to supplementing diminishing arts curricula at numerous area schools. Additionally, we provide students with the rare opportunity to personally interact with artists from many different backgrounds.

Education Program Goals

  • To expose students to contemporary performing arts of the African Diaspora
  • To stimulate critical thinking
  • To elicit responsive feedback
  • To provide students with meaningful interactions with high level professionals

Education Programming

  • Workshops and Residencies — 651 ARTS offers intimate exposure to working artists in intensive workshop settings.
  • Student Matinees — 651 ARTS’ student matinee series offers students access to some of the world’s most compelling performances created by artists of the African Diaspora.
  • Student Review Contests — Students who attend the matinees are invited to write performance reviews of the artistic work they have seen and submit them to 651 ARTS.  First and Second Prizes, of $100 and $50 are awarded to the most thoughtful reviewers.
  • Evening Outings — Approximately 20 discounted tickets for each 651 ARTS public presentation are available for students, their parents and teachers to attend evening performances at the BAM Harvey Theater, Kumble Theater, and BRICstudio.
  • Moving Words — This literary series features performing artists talking about the books that have influenced their work for an audience of area high school students.  The purpose of the program is to use literacy as an access point for contemporary performance work while encouraging reading, critical thinking and discussion.

What's New?

651 ARTS and MoCADA join forces and announce Depelsha McGruder as new CEO

651 ARTS and MoCADA (the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts) announce that the two organizations are joining forces to create a new contemporary arts institution.

6-5-1: Gesel Mason

6-5-1: An interview with Gesel Mason, visionary/choreographer of No Boundaries: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers.

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