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Tapestry provides arts education in local schools and arts outreach in the neighborhoods.

Arts Education and Outreach Philosophy

Tapestry supports learning in and through the arts by:

  • Providing opportunities and access
  • Developing creativity
  • Fostering imagination

Aztec dance at Escuela Popular

Current Programming

Mexican dance at Escuela Popular


This is an eight-week dance multicultural dance residency program funded, in part, by Valley Foundation, Cisco Foundation and Arts Council Silicon Valley. For eight weeks students in five San Jose elementary schools are being instructed in a variety of ethnic dances. The schools will come together for a culminating event on: April 1, 2003 in the Montgomery Theatre in downtown San Jose.

This year’s participants include Washington Elementary school where 3rd graders studied African dance under the guidance of Anita Lusebrink; Anne Darling School where 4th grade students learned Croatian dance under the instruction of Kristin Kusanovich, and Windmill Springs whose youngsters studied Brazilian dance with Maestre Beiçola. 

Punjabi dance was introduced to the 3rd graders at Olinder School by instructor Kristin Kusanovich. Letiçia Çeja Morones engaged 2nd and 3rd grade students at Escuela Popular in the traditions of Aztec dance.

2002 Programs

Punjabi dance at Olinder School

Washington United Youth Center

  • Dawn Market Mural Project - 20 youth, misdemeanor first offenders for graffiti or tagging, learning the history and cultural origins of mural painting. The final project was a mural painted on the side of the Dawn Market.
  • Latina Women Striving for Success - This program provided young women, who were victims of violence, an opportunity to express themselves through the arts.

Sacred Heart Community Center

  • After school program -Two artists worked with the Homework Club providing Mexican regional dance and visual art.
  • Academic Summer Camp – Three artists in residence (dance, literary art and photography). The four week curriculum runs parallel to the camp’s academic program.

Escuela Popular - Summer School and ESL Classes

  • 4 week class used the visual arts, dance and music to integrate art into learning English as a second language.

Migrant Education

  • Five-week summer school visual art and dance program focusing on Aztec dance and the art of Mexico.

Santa Clara County Office of Education Alternative Education

  • Alternative Placement Academy - Muriel Wright School
  • This multi-stage project was established to achieve several artistic, educational and social objectives.
  • 40 students, ages 14-18 in a lock-up facility were involved in papermaking and mask making classes.

InnVision - Commercial Street Inn and the Villa

  • Art as Therapy – Arts programs for women and children residents of these transitional housing programs.