Days in the Arts (DARTS), the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s residential arts immersion program for Massachusetts youth, will host 400 middle school students at Tanglewood this summer, June 27-August 19. Founded in 1968, DARTS offers intensive arts immersion programs to fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-grade students, some of whom come from schools with limited arts education resources.
The students hail from rural, suburban, and urban neighborhoods and represent dozens of diverse communities throughout Massachusetts. They will spend five days completely involved in cultural exploration, engaging in intensive workshops, and making afternoon excursions to such renowned arts organizations as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Barrington Stage Company, MASS MoCA, Chesterwood, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Shakespeare & Company, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and Norman Rockwell Museum for performances, tours, master classes, and a variety of hands-on demonstrations. They also have the opportunity to visit Tanglewood and hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Days in the Arts will host students from the communities of Chelsea, Wilmington, North Reading, Newburyport, Lee, Springfield, Ashburnham, Cambridge, Waltham, Worcester, Boston, Malden, Wellesley, Lynn, Somerville, Lawrence, Williamstown, Pittsfield, Sheffield, Lanesborough, Newton, Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Melrose, Framingham, Southborough, Peabody, Lowell, Otis, North Adams, and Beverly in this year’s program.
In addition to the DARTS program, Tanglewood is home to the Tanglewood Music Center (TMC), the BSO’s world-renowned music academy for young professional musicians, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI), the premier summer training program for aspiring high school-age musicians which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016. Tanglewood also offers special programs for kids, such as the popular Kids’ Corner, designed to provide child-friendly craft activities related to concert music for families attending BSO open rehearsals or concerts on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons at Tanglewood, and the Watch and Play program—a series of lively discussions about instruments, concert themes, and/or musical concepts on selected Sundays—which is led by the Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers. In addition, through its Tanglewood for Kids program, Tanglewood offers free lawn tickets, up to four per family, to all children and young adults age 17 and under for all BSO and Boston Pops concerts.
DESCRIPTION OF DARTS PROGRAMS
Fifty students are selected for each of the eight, one-week-long sessions of the DARTS program, June 27-August 19. At the start of a session, each student chooses to focus on the discipline of vocal music, instrumental music, visual arts, theater/drama, or dance, and works within a small group to complete a project in this field. Each week has a central theme around which the cultural excursions, creative writing sessions, demonstrations, and master classes are built; the week’s activities culminate in a final performance showcasing each individual student’s artistic development. The weekly 2016 DARTS themes are: “City Life,” “Freedom,” “Out of This World,” “Growth,” “Adventure,” “Throwback,” “Journeys,” and “Choices.”
The DARTS philosophy is founded on fostering respect for and interest in each person’s diversity, interests, talents, and individuality. DARTS strives to provide an environment in which students are exposed to the arts and to people from a wide range of backgrounds. By interacting with and observing actors, artists, musicians, and dancers, DARTS students learn how works of art come together and learn to embrace the cycle of creativity. Daily group workshops meet under the supervision of professional arts educators to further guide the students’ artistic explorations. The performances are closed to the public.
TICKET INFORMATION IN BRIEF AND SEASON DATES
Tanglewood’s 2016 season opens on Friday, June 17, and closes Saturday, September 3. Regular season tickets, priced from $11 to $124, are available through Tanglewood’s website, www.tanglewood.org, through SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200, at the Symphony Hall Box Office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston MA, and, beginning Wednesday, June 15, at the Tanglewood Box Office at Tanglewood’s Main Gate on West Street in Lenox, MA. $20 tickets for attendees under 40, one of the BSO’s most popular discount ticket offers, will be available for BSO and Boston Pops performances in the Shed. In addition, Tanglewood continues to offer free lawn tickets to young people age 17 and under, as well as a variety of special programs for children, including Kids’ Corner, Watch and Play, and the annual Family Concert, this year to take place July 9. A 50% discount on Friday-evening lawn tickets is available to college and graduate students 18 and over with a student ID. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Main Box Office, only on the night of the performance.