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Education and Outreach Q&A

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What is JPAC’s Education and Outreach?
JPAC’s Education and Outreach is a new initiative by JPAC’s staff and board to further foster a creative community in the Janesville area through youth and adult performing arts education opportunities and as well as events that involve and engage the community. These opportunities and events include:

Creative Kids Classes – Performing arts classes, including an innovative summer camp, for youth ages 2 and up. These are individual courses that run in eight-week sessions during the school year and an intensive three-week session during summer. Classes culminate with an informal “informance” at the end of each course that is free to friends and family.

JPAC Youth Choir -JPAC’s Youth Choir is open to children ages 9 to 14 who love to sing and perform. This group has a dual vision ¬— an upbeat junior show choir that also sings and performs traditional youth choral numbers. This is an ongoing group running in twelve-week sessions with a performance at the end of each session.

Created by Kids Production – A theatrical production collaboratively written, designed, and performed by Rock County youth — the highlight of our Creative Kids summer camp.

Master Class Series – Master classes instructed by regional performing arts professionals for adults and teens who want to sharpen their talents or learn a new skill.

Encore Series for Seniors – A free series of performing arts classes for seniors in partnership with the Janesville Senior Center. Taught at the senior center with a culminating performance at JPAC.

PTA Reflections Partnership – A partnership with the School District of Janesville JCPTA celebrating the work done by young artists during the school year ending with a performance and art show in the spring of each school year.

Family Fest – An annual celebration of art, community, and families in Rock County with family-friendly activities, performances, community art, and free prizes!

Arts for Everyone Scholarships – A need-based scholarship program providing tuition assistance for JPAC’s Creative Kids classes and summer camp.

School-Time Inspire Series – A series of school-day performances for teachers to bring their students enjoy a performing-arts field trip experience.

Culver’s Family Series – An affordable series of family-friendly weekend performances made possible by a special grant from Janesville area Culvers.

What is JPAC’s Education and Outreach Program’s Mission?
JPAC’s Education and Outreach creates experiences that allow for the arts to educate, empower, and enrich the Janesville community.

Do class participants need previous theatre or arts experience?
No, but if they do, great! JPAC’s Education and Outreach program offers a wide variety of performing arts classes for all ages and all interest levels taught by the area’s top professional teaching artists. Your only requirement is an openness to learning and having fun!

When are classes held?
Creative Kids: Creative Kids are held during fall, winter, and spring in eight-week sessions throughout the school year. We also offer a three-week intensive Creative Kids summer camp. Check out current and upcoming creative kids’ offerings!
Master Classes: Master classes are held throughout the year on evenings and weekends.
“Encore” Series for Seniors: Eight-week sessions are held in the spring and fall of each year.

Where are activities held?
Creative Kids classes, Youth Choir, and Master Classes: These activities classes take place at JPAC’s beautiful facility located at 408 S. Main St. in Janesville.
“Encore” Series for Seniors: Our senior classes are held at the Janesville Senior Center at 69 S. Water St. in Janesville. All other events’ locations will be advertised with the event.

How do I register for classes?
Creative Kids Classes, Youth Choir, and Master Classes: You can register in several ways. You can register on our website through JPAC’s online ticketing service (online registration includes a $2 convenience fee). You can also call our box office at (608) 758-0297 ext. 1. Finally, you can stop by JPAC’s box office at 408 S. Main St in Janesville to register anytime during open business hours. Encore” Series for Seniors: Registration for this program runs through the Janesville Senior Center at 69 S. Water St. or by calling (608) 755-3040.

Is there a class minimum?
Yes. In order to keep our class prices affordable, we require at least six participants be enrolled in all Creative Kids classes, Mater Classes, and
Encore Senior Series classes for the class to run. Please spread the word and tell your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers about JPAC’s Education and Outreach classes.

Is there a class maximum?
Yes. In order to provide a safe, quality experience, we do cap our classes. Each class has a different cap depending on the topic, instructor, and location. Please register early to ensure there is room in the class.

What happens if I enroll then need to drop a class?
In the rare case that you may need to drop a class, you may do so for a full refund until the first day of the course. After the first class, no refunds will be given.

What can my family and I expect from a JPAC Education and Outreach class or event?
Our goal is to nurture and promote confidence, creativity, collaboration, and communication in all participants. We value each person as unique individual with something special to offer. We provide a safe, fun environment for learning that is intended to give participants firsthand knowledge of the performing arts as well as a foundation for a lifelong appreciation of the arts. We aim to learn, grow and connect as we play, sing, act, dance, and create!

Where do I go for more information?
Do you have more questions? Email or call 608-758-0297.