Gateway to the Arts has been a regional leader in arts in education, serving western Pennsylvania for over 50 years. We have been a resource for educators and students, a pioneer in offering in-school performances and artist-in-residency programs that are connected to the curriculum. Recognized by our national peers, we have gained affiliate status from such prestigious organizations as Young Audiences and Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning in the Arts. We have taken inspiration from the Lincoln Center Institute in creating our partnership model of aesthetic education to train local educators on arts integration. And our professional development for teaching artists helps them make stronger connections with students and educators. As an organization, we are constantly adapting to meet the current needs of students and adhere to best practices, while responding to our own and others research on learning and the arts.
That being said, you don't have to take our word for it. Read these testimonials from those who have experienced our work.
From a Classroom Teacher on a K-12 Residency
"Gateway stretches my kids' thinking to include analyzing, enjoying, and even performing art. It enables them to look at and think about things differently, more critically."
- Third grade teacher, Richand Elementary
From a Student
"Thank you very much for giving my classmates and I a chance to hear some great music . . . Now we have some knowledge about the tubas and trumpets that you guys had. Also, we got the enjoyment of hearing differnt kinds of music and tones that you can play with one instruemnt. I have seen many performances on TV but now that I have seen [one live I] can really see how talented they are."
- Student at Laurel Highlands Middle School on Liberty Brass' Music 101 and Beyond
From a Wolf Trap Teaching Artist
I had to send a quick email to tell you what a gift Gateway has given me and the other teaching artists with this Wolf Trap training . . . These workshops have been priceless.
Our trainers have been generous with their praise and kind with their critiques. I feel we (the Teaching Artists) will leave here with much more improved skills, strategies and techniques to coach and partner with the classroom teacher . . . We had a chance to learn from one another as well. I can't wait to start.
Again thank you for this valuable workshop and I'm thrilled to be a "Wolf Trap" teaching artist.