News Release

January 21, 2014

Lula Washington Dance Theatre to perform Wednesday at the Arlington Theatre for 4,000 students

Nearly 4,000 local elementary school students will have a unique cultural experience Wednesday morning, Jan. 22, when the Lula Washington Dance Theatre presents two performances of African-American modern dance at the Arlington Theatre.

The Children’s Creative Project (CCP), an arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office, is presenting the free event.

Since 1981-82, the CCP has provided free annual performances by world-renowned artists at the Santa Barbara Bowl and Arlington Theatre. Last year the CCP presented the African Children's Choir from Uganda. This year the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, a 10-member African-American modern dance company from Los Angeles, will perform “Reflections in Black”— a sampling of African-American culture and history starting from West Africa and continuing through the slave period, gospel, blues, and the 1960s civil rights movement, to hip hop and contemporary American society.

The program, scheduled as part of the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, is co-sponsored with the Metropolitan Theatres Corporation and made possible by grants from Yardi; Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation Education Outreach; and The Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts, which is a field-of-interest fund of the Santa Barbara Foundation.

This performance is part of the CCP’s larger arts education program that provides visual and performing arts workshops by resident professional artists for 25,000 students annually in 61 elementary schools. In addition, the CCP sponsors more than 500 performances per year for 50,000 students in more than 113 schools throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Funding for this event is also provided in part by the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival, which is produced by the Children’s Creative Project to benefit its arts education programs. The I Madonnari Festival will return to Mission Santa Barbara during the Memorial Day weekend.

Media, please note: This performance is not open to the general public. The performance times listed below are for your information only. Your writers and photographers are welcome, but no flash photography or bright lighting for recording is allowed during the performance. We are also attaching some photos for your use. Performance times: 9:15 to 10:05 a.m., and 10:25 to 11:15 a.m.