The Southern Berks News

Yocum Institute for Arts Education

3000 Penn Avenue, West Lawn, PA 19609 610-376-1576, www.YocumInsti­tute.org

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Since 1934 generation­s of families and individual­s have been a part of “The Institute” and its education legacy. Initially housed in the first high school for the new community of Wyomissing as the Wyomissing Institute of Fine Arts, and now serving at an expanded stateof-the-art facility in Sinking Spring, the Yocum Institute is a critical anchor in our community. Tens of thousands of students have been nurtured in preschool, inspired through music and dance, explored the fine arts and developed confidence in theater programs.

Over the years, Yocum Institute has forged partnershi­ps with schools and other non-profit organizati­ons to increase access to the arts for both arts and non-arts outcomes. Primary Stages Production­s, Yocum’s signature theater program for children’s production­s and arts education, provide a variety of quality performanc­es that are accessible to the young and entertaini­ng to the entire family. Our production­s employ profession­al and up-and-coming actors, directors, musicians, scenic designers, and costumers from all over the region.

Through school tours, onsite performanc­es in our black box theater, and performanc­es in libraries and other partnering venues, Primary Stages Production­s have been enjoyed by thousands of audience members throughout Berks County and beyond.

The Yocum Institute today offers extensive classes in visual arts, theater, dance, martial arts, and music. We strive to continue to engage with our students and community members, staying true to our mission to connect and enrich our community through arts education, creative performanc­e, and innovative programs.

To learn more, sign up for classes or for tickets to an upcoming event visit YocumInsti­tute.org.

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