By contracting productions for the performance series, the artistic association will try to bring the artists into the schools to do workshops or master classes with the students.
Neil Sasser, the principal of the high school group, recalls various acts of a Korean drum group, a world famous Norwegian trumpeter and even an army group who invited their students to perform with them all being memorable experiences.
“It meant a lot to our students and I also learned a lot,” said Sasser.
Preston noted another instance where performers came out in the community, and a dance company held a workshop at the Opelika Sportsplex for senior members where all of the movements demonstrated were designed to accommodate any physical limitations.
The arts association will have actors with the Department of Theater at Auburn University, giving students the chance to perform in front of professionals and receive helpful performance reviews.
“Sometimes there are preconceptions about the artists and the art itself,” Preston explained. “What we want to do is connect people with so many art forms, artistic experiences and artists themselves so that we can get to know them all. When [performers] are not on stage, they are like the rest of us.