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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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The Georges Lamman Ensemble October 25th

Posted September 19th, 2014 by in Fundraiser

SPACE presents The Georges Lammam Ensemble — a celebration of Middle Eastern fusion music on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the SPACE Theater, 508 W. Perkinst St. Ukiah. The Ensemble is noted for its awe-inspiring presentations of the classical Arabic and world musical repertoire. Skillfully blending artful Eastern improvisation with Western harmonic and melodic styling, […]

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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 […]

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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


Thanks to our Major Sponsors: A gift in Memory of Robert & Caroline Gerber, The Beatty Family in honor of James & Barbara Beatty, John McCowen, Norm & Karen Rosen, Phyllis Curtis, Price Waterman, Frey Vineyards, Al Punto Spanish Language Newspaper, El Sol Bilingue, KZYX, KWINE & MAX.

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SPACE is a professionally managed public benefit corporation founded in 1995 and funded in part by The James Irvine Foundation, T.R. Eriksen Foundation, George & Ruth Bradford Foundation, van Loben Sels/Rembe Rock Foundation, Sam Mazza Foundation, tuition and donations from individuals and businesses.