Irvine Barclay Theatre & Cheng Hall


Want to support the arts in Orange County? Consider Irvine Barclay Theatre’s ArtsReach!

ArtsReach encompasses the various performances and performance-related activities held at Irvine Barclay Theatre (IBT) and in schools designed to foster a greater appreciation, awareness and understanding of various art forms. These activities are specifically aimed at serving students from grade school through university, and individuals from diverse geographic, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. ArtsReach offerings enrich lives and hopefully, pique greater interest in the arts among students, teachers and families. For an example, see the Taking Jazz to the Kids video below.

Designed to make a real difference.

In developing ArtsReach programming, the Barclay’s objective is to create eclectic and intimate experiences that will instill strong, lasting impressions. Stressing hands-on interaction with professional artists and access to meaningful main-stage performances, ArtsReach activities include performance attendance, pre- and post-performance Q&A’s, master classes, in-school workshops, lecture/demonstrations, behind-the-scenes tours, artist interviews and “family days.” In addition, IBT often provides teachers with support and training materials. In some instances, workshops link classroom activities and curricula with attendance at a main-stage performance at the theatre.

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Promoting the arts…and so much more!

In planning ArtsReach activities, the Barclay parallels its mainstage programming by featuring artists from various ethnic, cultural, and geographic backgrounds. These diverse artists provide creative and positive role models, encouraging the development of an open-minded and culturally tolerant appreciation of the performing arts and, in turn, of one another.

A sampling of this season’s ArtsReach offerings

Learn about 13-year-old jazz phenom Joey Alexander's visit to the Barclay – click here.

For the 6th year in a row, in collaboration with the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD), the musicians and master teachers of Metta Quintet and their highly acclaimed JazzReach program, as IBT presented 12 live, multi-media sessions for grades 4, 5 and 6 at four Irvine schools.

On Monday, April 24, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School students had the time of their lives with one of the Barclay’s favorite ArtsReach artists! Master storyteller, musician, poet, actor, and writer, David Gonzalez, is a one-of-a-kind artist. He enchants audiences with special performances that combine compelling drama, music, and multi-media, like his recent performance of “Sleeping Beauty” at the Barclay. At Wilson Elementary, he and the children shared a joyful, laughter-filled morning through engaging, interactive stories that imparted important life lessons on love, hope, courage, and wisdom.

ArtsReach programming continued in conjunction with our international Contemporary Dance series and benefits members of UCI’s Contemporary Dance Immersion program (CDI), students at The Wooden Floor, the UCI Dance Department and Irvine Unified School District students, among other groups. Students learned from greats like Akram Khan Company, Savion Glover, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and Compagnie Herve Koubi; and homegrown stars, Backhausdance.

ArtsReach activities also included cirque with audience favorites from Montreal’s international cirque festival, Flip FabriQue, Family Fun with Peter Rabbit Tales and Sleeping Beauty among others.

The ArtsReach promise

The Barclay strives to create a welcoming environment for audience members and artists alike and to be inclusive and respectful of the many constituencies we serve, both as arts presenters and as custodians of the unique and wonderful performing arts facility that we have the privilege to operate.

Our board of directors and staff are committed to ArtsReach and its primary goal of providing young people with a meaningful introduction to the arts. This introduction, particularly when offered at a young age, is a gift that is capable of providing lifelong enjoyment and enrichment to the recipient.

We are proud to partner with organizations like the National Endowment for the Arts, The Allergan Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, the Pacific Life Foundation, WESTAF, and hundreds of individual donors in providing this gift to many thousands of young people in Orange County this season and in the years ahead.

We can't do it without you! Please support the Barclay’s ArtsReach programming TODAY.

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