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Arts Education Brown Bag :: SF Opera and JRAP

  • Room 302, San Francisco Arts Commission in the Veteran's Building 401 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

The Arts Education Brown Bag series is a bi-monthly event where we bring lunch to the library and learn from our arts education colleagues. 

This month, we will hear about:

The Jerry Rosenstein Arts Project (JRAP): Building a holistic approach to middle school performing arts instruction

In 2016, SFUSD received a $1.4 million private donation from the estate of philanthropist Gerald (Jerry) B. Rosenstein, intended to enhance performing arts instruction in middle schools. Formed as a consortium of performing arts organizations (originating with 826 Valencia, American Conservatory Theatre, BAYCAT, Performing Arts Workshop, San Francisco Opera, SFJAZZ and Streetside Stories; African-American Shakespeare Company and YBCA joined later), the Jerry Rosenstein Arts Project (JRAP) is launching across several SFUSD middle schools with an innovative pilot program designed to provide arts-integration focused Professional Development for educators and in-class Teaching Artist Residencies across multiple art forms. Join San Francisco Opera’s Senior Curriculum and Programs Manager Charles Chip McNeal and School Programs Manager Timmy Yuen as they share the JRAP Planning Group’s research and data learning, the pilot program learnings thus far and its planned expansion into future years.


Timmy Yuen, School Programs Manager

Timmy joined the San Francisco Opera Education team in April 2016. As School Programs Manager, he manages the administrative aspects of our ARIA (Arts Resources in Action) K-12 in-school programs and the Student Dress Rehearsal Program, to ensure the high quality nature of our partnerships with school administrators, teachers, students and staff Teaching Artists. Timmy is a native Californian and has been a part of the Bay Area arts community since 1997. He was Co-Director of Camp Winnarainbow, a nonprofit circus and performing arts summer camp where he had worked since 2002. During that time, he managed the Scholarship Program, directed the Teen Staff training program and produced concert fundraisers featuring Jackson Browne, Joan Baez and Dr. John. Timmy received a double major BA from Stanford University in Drama and International Relations in 2001.

Charles Chip McNeal, Senior Curriculum and Programs Manager


Charles Chip McNeal currently serves as the Senior Curriculum and Programs Manager with San Francisco Opera. In this capacity he leads professional development efforts, researches and writes specialized curriculum and mentors teaching artists and classroom teachers. He is the former Director of Education for the San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education (CDE), which he founded in 2002. The Center provides arts education engagement to over 25,000 children, youth and families every year. Mc Neal works as a lecturer, adjudicator and adviser to arts and education programs throughout the U.S. and abroad. He consults for Harvard University, Stanford University, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kennedy Center, the Edinburgh Festival, and the California Arts Council among many others. His performing credits include stage and film, and include a performance at famed Carnegie Hall in 2012. He has an extensive background in musical theater and studied acting with legends Stella Adler and Uta Hagen while training at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School. He has studied and performed Afro-Cuban, jazz, tap, ballet, West African, and several folkloric and ethnic dance. McNeal works as a freelance arts critic and has produced documentaries profiling arts programs and important issues in arts education. Mr. Mc Neal is currently a senior faculty member in the Integrated Learning Department at Alameda County Office of Education, and is a former board member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). He is an experienced arts administrator and civic leader with undergraduate degrees in both psychology and sociology. He holds a Master’s degree in Education (Curriculum & Instruction) from Lesley University. He is a qualified Integrated Learning Specialist and a certified Oral Historian and has received numerous awards for his achievements in the arts and education, including receiving national recognition as a 2015 Distinguished Music Educator by the Yale School of Music, related to his work with San Francisco Opera.