Festival Napa Valley’s Novack Concerts for Kids series provides admission-free opportunities for students to attend live concerts in a professional performance setting. For many young people, this is a vital formative step in developing a lifetime love for music, theater and dance.
With access to an international network of renowned artists, the Festival is able to provide rich and diverse programming to engage young audiences. We provide transportation at no cost to participating schools and nonprofit partner organizations, and produce original interactive curricula to accompany select performances. These materials are made available along with recorded performances as a distance learning resource for educators in the region and across the nation. Many of the concerts include a bilingual component and translation of the curriculum in order to better serve native Spanish speaking students and families.
Festival Napa Valley has established relationships with key nonprofit organizations serving Napa County youth in order to bring these opportunities to the most underserved kids in our community. We work closely with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley, the Napa County Office of Education, the Napa Valley Education Foundation, and Camille Creek Community School, among others, reaching more than 3,000 young people and their families each year.
To expand the impact of our educational programs and in response to the physical restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, Festival Napa Valley is producing digital content for educational use in distance learning and convalescence settings. Building new relationships with nonprofit partners such as UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and the New York Philharmonic, the Novack Concerts for Kids series is reaching beyond the physical confines of the traditional concert hall to brighten the lives and minds of children unable to attend live concerts. We are exploring how digital distribution can increase the reach of our programs, while staying committed to the power and the magic of live performances.
For information about attending an upcoming Novack Concerts for Kids or accessing our virtual concerts, please email Festival Napa Valley’s Director of Education & Engagement.
Festival Napa Valley produces interactive curricula to accompany select Concert for Kids performances. The Summer 2019 presentation of Sleepover at the Museum and associated curriculum has been provided free of charge to the Napa County Office of Education and disseminated to all public schools in the county.