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Pathways To Creativity

Arts Education Programs

Reservations & Information

Contact: Kathi Tennant
(209) 338-5022
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2014-15 Pathways to Creativity Program is Sponsored By:

 Save Mart Cares

Costa Family Fund

A Note From Jim Johnson, Ph.D.

Jim Johnson

Dear Educator,

Since its inception in 2008, Pathways to Creativity has presented performing arts experiences to 179,200 children from 296 schools. A total of 228 student matinee performances have been presented in that time.

That arts experiences and academic achievement go hand in hand is indisputable. At a time when arts education is being cut back in our schools, the Center is only too happy to provide young people with the much needed opportunities described in these pages.

Below you will find the Pathways to Creativity programs the Gallo Center is offering for the 2014-2015 Season. They are for students at all grade levels, K–12, including after school programs and prevention/issue-oriented young adult programs. To participate in any of these events, please download your reservation form from the link above.

We look forward to seeing your students at the Center!


Jim Johnson, Ph.D.
Arts Education Coordinator
Gallo Center for the Arts

Photo by James Ewing

2014/15 Arts Education Events – Tickets $5.00

DINO LIGHT: A Glow in the Dark Adventure!

Fri, Apr 17, 2015
9:45 am - Sold Out
12:15 pm - Sold Out
Foster Theater, capacity: 440

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Grades: K–4

This brilliant production is from the same Lightwire Theater that brought the dazzling “The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare” to the Center last season. It tells the story of a friendly dinosaur, Darwin, who wanders away from home and discovers a world of creatures who light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love. Unique and visually dazzling, the show uses a cutting-edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance that will leave students spellbound in wonder.

2014/15 Modesto Christian Performing Arts



Apr 24, 2015
9:30 am - Sold Out
11:30 am - Sold Out
Foster Theater; capacity: 440

Study Guide - (will be posted when received)
Recommended for Grades 1–12

Based on the books by P.L. Travers, the classic Walt Disney film, and the musical stage production by Cameron Mackintosh, this is the story of the Banks family and how their lives change when a nanny, Mary Poppins, arrives at their home at 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London. Things are not going well for Jane and Michael, who are out of control, and their latest nanny just stormed out. The children decide to write the advertisement for a new nanny, but Mr. Banks has a very different idea of what constitutes the perfect nanny and he tears up the piece of paper and throws it in the fireplace. Within moments Mary Poppins arrives and takes charge of the Banks children. While out on an adventure, they meet Bert and, despite their reservations about his ragged clothes and dirty face, Mary teaches them that they must learn to look past appearances. Mary Poppins is a story for young and old with unforgettable songs, astonishing dance numbers, and a certain amount of stage magic that will leave you breathless.