The world of events will never be the same due to the everlasting effects of the coronavirus. Every industry, business, and community has been forced to adjust and seek out innovative ways to connect with their audiences online.
San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SDSCPA) is a testament to organizations in the event space transitioning from live events to virtual ones in order to keep their community alive.
SDSCPA, part of the San Diego Unified School District, is an arts focused public magnet school for artistically passionate students in grades 6-12. The rigorous dual-curriculum prepares students for post-secondary opportunities — whether it be pre-conservatory or university. The arts are the core and essential area of the study providing students with unique training by artists in the field.
Like all art and performance-based institutions during COVID, the hands-on learning experience has been replaced and moved to behind a screen. Their program desperately needed a way to stay connected to the students while they remain at home during this pandemic. That’s why they recently launched the new SDSCPA Mainstage Hub.
SDSCPA's Mainstage Hub for the arts
The Mainstage Hub is a one-stop information center for all things arts at the school. Students, parents, and artists can access daily event calendars, get the latest admin alerts, plus get access to a college directory with deans, reps, and top post-secondary institutions.
The Hub also includes their new Salon Series, where listeners can hear from some of the nation’s finest artists and performers in the industry. In each episode, attendees will get the chance to hear an artist's story and personal experience in the industry, how they are overcoming the effects of COVID-19, and engage in conversations about future changes to the arts post-pandemic.
Due to the pandemic, the school remains closed. No events, performances, or exhibitions have been scheduled. The Mainstage Hub is the means to connect students and their families to the arts online.
Donna M. Silva Garcia, SDSCPA and FOSCPA Liaison, is excited for the upcoming events and believes “…the new SDSCPA Mainstage Hub is [their] way of staying connected through creativity!!!”
SDSCPA Maintage Hub sets an outstanding example of outsourcing technology in order to stay tied to the people affiliated with the program.
SDSCPA’s Salon Series (Free events)
The Salon Series is a place for artists and experts to join in from across the country and share their story. It’s an opportunity for the arts community to dive into controversial issues, obstacles, and successes in the industry, bringing more awareness to their listeners.
The interviews are live and open to the public at no charge.
Attendees are encouraged to RSVP prior to attending the event. Each confirmed RSVP receives a reminder email and a direct link on the day of the online event. These events are typically held on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. and include a live chat for engagement.
These events are made possible by the charitable organization, Friends of SCPA, and its donors. There is no charge to attend these events and is open to the general public.
Upcoming artists (click on each image for tickets)