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  • “When kids sing through an idea, they get to places and develop a skill set beyond what’s taught in the industry. SPACE’s techniques create critical thinkers. They push issues but leave room for people to think for themselves.”

    — Andrew Kricher, Past teacher and former SPACE student

  • “The Monkey Magic: Chinese Story Theater performance has left our family with wonderful residual thoughts and feelings and our son seems to have rediscovered himself with new perspective. Having witnessed a class, dress rehearsal, then the show, it is amazing to see the awakening of the children...that is fine work with soulful reward in my book.”

    — Diane Green , Parent

  • “SPACE has helped me as much as it has helped my children. The teachers hold the bar very high. As a parent I have learned so much, just by observing how the teachers treat and respect the children.”

    — Pauls Krasts, parent of two SPACE students

  • “I cannot say enough about the benefits of the SPACE program. The effects on the children who participate in classes, the teachers who offer their services, and the community members who are touched by parenting and other programs SPACE has to offer are far greater than simply singing, dancing and acting for fun. There is healing, social connection and health affirmation happening as a result of SPACE being in our community.”

    — Rachel Young , Parent

  • “Parents often report that after attending SPACE classes their child becomes less shy, more confident, is excited about making new friends, performs better in school or simply wants to sing all the time.”

    — Amanda Rosenberg, Street Dance Teacher

  • “All three of our daughters have participated in the SPACE theater program, and we couldn't be more impressed with the entire staff and experience. In addition to producing quality performances that showcase the children's talents, skills and hard work, the staff at SPACE have proven they are even more committed to creating a safe space for kids to learn and grow and discover their strengths and talents. Rather than push kids to uphold a particular performance standard, they nurture the students to help them uncover their love for and talent for theater, dance and music organically and safely. What a wonderful community of people for our children to spend time with and bond with. They've made lifelong friends, discovered truly wise mentors, and discovered their own voices. Thank you to everyone in the SPACE program for giving your all to each and every child entrusted to your care and teaching. I can't recommend this program enough.  ”

    — Lux Karpov-Kinrade, Parent


With major support from The T. R. Eriksen Foundation SPACE awards at least $30,000 per year in partial or full scholarships to eligible children.  A special acknowledgement and appreciation to The Walter and Shirley Madison Trust though The Community Foundation of Mendocino County and local law enforcement including Mendocino County District Attorney David Eyster; Ukiah Police Chief Chris Dewey; and Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman.

Thanks to our Major Sponsors: A gift in Memory of Robert & Caroline Gerber, Beverly Sheldon Hanna in Memory of David Sheldon, In Memory of Audrey Ferrell, John McCowen, Mendo-Lake Credit Union, Norm & Karen Rosen, Phyllis Curtis, Frey Vineyards, Community Foundation of Mendocino County, Price Waterman, Pacific Redwood Medical Group, Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation, George & Ruth Bradford Foundation, Lemon Fresh Design, Al Punto Spanish Language Newspaper, Dos Mundos, The Coast FM – KOZT, KZYX, KWINE & MAX.

SPACE is a professionally managed public benefit corporation founded in 1995 and funded in part by the California Arts Council, The James Irvine Foundation, S.H. Cowell Foundation and tuition and donations from individuals and businesses.

 

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