Audience & Impact
The Lensic’s programs reach the students who need support accessing arts education the most. Our programs reach 15,000 students every year, including students at every school in the Santa Fe Public School district. Our programs create completely free and frictionless experiences for these students, from covering costs for the buses that take students to free matinees at our historic theater, to bringing world-class artists into classrooms for intimate masterclasses that fit within a normal school day’s schedule.
The Santa Fe Public School district, which our programs mostly serve, reports seventy percent of students are on the Free/Reduced Price Lunch program, indicating a high number of students are living in low-income households. With limited funding for arts education, school districts in New Mexico need the support of programs like the Lensic’s to provide the vital experience of exposure and involvement with the arts.
To date for the 22/23 school year, the Lensic has welcomed nearly 7,500 students to the theater for twenty-two free matinees as part of the PASS (Performing Arts for Student Success) program. These performances have represented a diverse array of genres and artists and have included bilingual programming.
“We’ve been especially grateful that the Lensic has committed to including performances that reflect the lived experiences and cultural heritage of our student populations, aligning with district goals of implementing culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and learning.”
– Cristina Gonzales, Arts Education Coordinator for the Santa Fe Public Schools
In addition to reaching every school in the Santa Fe Public School District, our programs impact students in Pecos, Las Vegas, and Albuquerque, well as homeschool students. These programs support academic curriculum, encourage creativity, keep students engaged and in school, and introduce potential careers.
“These students have never experienced anything like this. It opened their eyes to a whole other world of performing arts they may have not been aware of. It showed them how music, dance, arts, storytelling, and history are interconnected, and the value of hard work, persistence, and following your dreams in the most entertaining way!”
– David Wheeler, Music Teacher, Pecos Independent Schools