Wickenburg Children's cultural Organization (WCO) Activities
"The mission of the WCO is to enrich the lives of children through music and the arts and help preserve the Garcia Little Red Schoolhouse."
The Wickenburg Children's cultural Organization (WCO) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to enrich the cultural education of children living in rural Arizona by providing experiential music programs to the elementary schools and their communities in and around Wickenburg, and to provide other programs that further individual education of music.
The WCO believes that education is not complete without inclusion of the arts, and that music, particularly classical music, is a catalyst for improving student performance in all areas of their education. Numerous studies are now demonstrating that students who study the arts are more successful on standardized tests and generally achieve higher grades in their classroom studies. Music in particular has been linked to the development of language, reasoning, spatial intelligence, and improvements in solving mathematical problems.
Our Mission now includes keeping the rich history of early education in Wickenburg, particularly at the Garcia Little Red Schoolhouse, available to the community and visitors.
Our Programs Include:
The Brummitt-Taylor Listening Program, a structured, 5-year curriculum with a non-directed approach in which elementary students listen to five minutes of classical music daily.
A College Scholarship Program for graduating high school students who are going on to college to study music.
A Summer Camp Scholarship Program for students of any age to attend intensive summer camps to improve their music skills.
The "Phoenix Symphony for the Schools" Concert Series. All first through sixth grade students in the elementary schools in Wickenburg, Aguila, Congress, Yarnell, Morristown, and Wittmann are eligible to participate in this program.
Bringing the Symphony to Wickenburg or to individual schools for performances. This year was a the Arizona State University Orchestra for the second year, playing Moozie's Kind Adventure and Tinny Triangle Joins the BIG Orchestra, both World Premiere performances on September 23, 2008for elementary schools in Wickenburg, Wittmann, Congress, Yarnell, Morristown, and Aguila at the Del E. Webb Center .
This was an educational concert for students in grades K-6, with 2 performances. Thanks to Town of Wickenburg, Meridian Bank and West Valley Arts Council for making this program possible.
Subsidies for private lessons and instrument rentals.
The WCO Chamber Ensemble which performs in area schools and at community events.
Facilitating world class musicians funded by Chamber Music West, performing in our area schools.
Activities at the Garcia Little Red Schoolhouse include:
Tours of the Schoolhouse and its historical collection.
Oral History Presentations to the Community at least once a year.
An annual celebration of Old Timers' Day in February honoring the Schoolhouse and its former students.
Special concerts and presentations.