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    About SPACE

    Near & Arnold’s School of Performing Arts & Cultural Education (SPACE) is an acclaimed afterschool performing arts program serving youth ages infant through 18. SPACE, located near downtown Ukiah at 508 West Perkins, offers an innovative year-round program that has become a vital beacon for hundreds of children and their families. ... more
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Broadway Knights & Days Revue

Posted July 25th, 2014 by in Performance

For twenty-five years students at Performing Arts Summer Camp have asked, “What’s the play about this summer?” and the answer has remained the same, “How to get along with each other and be a good person,” says Paulette Arnold, co-founder with Laurel Near of SPACE. “From the beginning our focus has been to use the […]

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The Laramie Project

Posted March 10th, 2014 by in Performance

Near & Arnold’s School of Performing Arts & Cultural Education (SPACE) presents The Laramie Project, one of the most performed plays in America today. The play, written by Moises Kaufman and directed by Joel Shura, is a chronicle of the life in the town of Laramie, Wyoming, one year after the murder of Matthew Shepard. […]

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Annie JR.

Posted January 10th, 2014 by in Performance

Near & Arnold’s School of Performing Arts & Cultural Education (SPACE) presents Annie Jr., a musical theater classic based on “Little Orphan Annie.” Annie Jr. is directed by Joel Shura, with musical direction by Janice Timm and choreography by Marieclaire Wilcox. The show will be performed at the SPACE Theater located at 508 West Perkins […]

  • “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

  • “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.”

    — Paul Krasts, parent of two SPACE students

  • “Art and performance transcend the concept of entertainment. They offer another way to address ideas. In my opinion, the weakest use of the art form is self-expression. The best use is seeing theater as a platform to discuss and navigate ideas beyond self-interest—to put us in front of issues we can’t reconcile. 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