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Smith Center Teaching Artist Honors Black Composers in Martin Luther King Day Concert

When Smith Center teaching artist and accomplished pianist Dr. Bethany Campbell joins the Santa Monica Symphony on January 16 for a virtual solo recital celebrating Martin Luther King Day Weekend, she’ll be honoring her own African American heritage by bringing to life the music and stories of several black composers.

Education and Outreach / Discovering The Smith Center

Educator Nomination Submissions Extended for 6th Annual Heart Of Education Awards

The deadline to nominate outstanding Clark County School District teachers for consideration to be recognized at the 6th Annual Heart of Education Awards, presented by The Smith Center and powered by The Rogers Foundation, has been extended from Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 to Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 in order to allow for more time for nominations to be submitted.

Discovering The Smith Center / Education and Outreach

Making Nevada a Better Place to Live: Why Education is in our DNA

While most Southern Nevadans know The Smith Center best for its music, theater and dance performances, the nonprofit impacts tens of thousands of students and teachers each year through its education and outreach initiatives.

Education and Outreach

Virtual Student Matinees Keep the Arts in Hearts and Minds

Before The Smith Center’s doors closed earlier this year, the center was seeing an annual average of 70,000 students, teachers and chaperones attend student matinees at The Smith Center, at no cost to schools thanks to the generosity of donors.

Education and Outreach

Nominations Now Open for Sixth-Annual Heart of Education Awards

Nominations opened this week for The Smith Center’s sixth-annual Heart of Education Awards, recognizing outstanding Clark County School District (CCSD) educators who go above and beyond for their students and schools.

Education and Outreach

Teacher Impacts Las Vegas with Oct. 1 Fundraiser

When Kelly Wagner first heard about the Oct. 1 mass shooting, the teacher immediately thought, “I could’ve been there.” Wagner had faithfully attended the Route 91 Harvest music festival every prior year, she explains, and decided to take a break in 2017. Wagner says, “I knew we had to do something.”

Education and Outreach

Teachers’ Top Tips to Help with Distance Learning

After initial weeks of conquering technology and building student relationships through screens, teachers have a strong grasp of what helps students thrive during at-home learning… And what does not. The Smith Center polled award-winning educators for insights to help us all navigate the remote learning environment.

Education and Outreach

Teaching Students Compassion For Animals, And For Each Other

Kim Law cares for as many as 150 animals in her role as head of the Zookeepers Club at Mabel Hoggard Elementary School, a club that teaches students compassion and more. To celebrate her inspiring work, The Smith Center honored Law as one of the top 20 teachers for its fifth-annual Heart of Education Awards.

Education and Outreach

Educator Supports Students During Remote Learning

As librarian with Dr. Beverly S. Mathis Elementary School, Kari Bastin will provide crucial support with remote learning in the new school year. That includes checking out devices to students for accessing the virtual curriculum at home. She will make personal calls and organize virtual meetings to ensure families can use the technology without issues.