Education and outreach efforts are significant in raising the awareness of the role of arts and culture in an educational setting, offering formal educational master classes at local Universities, schools and colleges and at community centers, libraries etc., which supports widening our audience base and bringing younger generation to attend concerts. We have consistently presented free lectures and educational events to encourage newer audiences to ‘sample’ and learn about Indian performing arts, which has broadened our membership base and outreach. It also increases public participation and cultural learning by allowing the public to interact with these artists during these events.
Education and outreach efforts……
Rasika’s education and community outreach programs are founded on the belief that arts education is an essential component for all Oregonians. We have presented outreach events in diverse settings such as churches, libraries, Reed College, PSU Music Department, Marylhurst University, Mount Hood Community College, Intel, Portland Performing art center etc. The events have built awareness of the role and value of arts, heritage, and humanities and increased the understanding and appreciation of the diversity. It also increases public participation and cultural learning by allowing them to interact with these artists. Rasika’s educational events over the past eighteen seasons have been free and open to the public, raising awareness of the Indian culture and heritage in the community.
The humanities component of our programming won us the ‘Arts in the Community’ award from the City of Beaverton. Rasika has received support for our educational and outreach efforts from the American Library Association, Oregon Council for Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council and Westaf-Tourwest. Rasika has been fortunate to have outreach events made significant difference in awareness and appreciation of Indian classical music in the region with students (children and adults) from local community perform free outreach events at local community centers, libraries and festivals like the Beaverton International Festival, HACC Arts and Cultural Summit, NoFest, Washington County Museum, Hillsboro and Beaverton Libraries as well as more distant areas like Corvallis. These educational/outreach efforts have been critical to introduce the local community to Indian performing arts.