There is much more to explore outside the SPAC School of the Arts!
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), located in Saratoga Springs, New York is one of America’s most prestigious summer festivals. Its tranquil setting in a 2,400-acre park preserve surrounded by hiking trails, geysers, and natural mineral springs draws thousands of music, dance, arts and culture lovers each year for immersive performances by resident companies New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, Opera Saratoga, and concerts by Live Nation. SPAC also hosts imaginative programming such as the popular “SPAC on Stage” series, speaker events, “CulinaryArts@SPAC” events and Caffè Lena @ SPAC.
SPAC collaborates with its resident companies as well as more than 120 schools and nonprofit organizations to offer innovative and engaging arts education programs in schools, in the community, at the SPAC venue, and online, currently reaching more than 49,000 students each year. SPAC’s flagship educational offerings include the in-school “Classical Kids” music and dance program; “Ballet in Fifth” with dancers from New York City Ballet; in-school dance residencies with SPAC teaching artists; and its annual signature event “The Adirondack Trust Company Festival of Young Artists,” which celebrates hundreds of student dancers, singers, musicians, poets and visual artists. In 2020, SPAC’s education department added two free online platforms for students, families and educators: “The Festival of Young Artists Online Gallery” and “The SPAC Learning Library.”
SPAC Learning Library
Visit the SPAC Learning Library to take part in our engaging video lessons and activities, all designed with local teaching artists to help students, classrooms, and families stay creative at any time and in any place. The Library’s offerings include the high-energy “Kitchen Floor Dance Class”, “SPAC Break” mini-lessons in a wide variety of art forms, “Instrument Beginnings” lessons for budding musicians, and for our youngest creators - the “Stories that Move” dance series and “Makin’ Music” sing-a-long series.
SPAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that depends on membership and philanthropic support to sustain our vital education initiatives. During this time, your generosity helps support the SPAC School of the Arts as well as SPAC’s online education platforms and our traditional in-school arts programs.