What does it take to inspire, excite, challenge, intrigue, and fill young minds with gleaming new thoughts?


How do you open the windows to a world of music, art, literature, drama and the diverse cultures of nations within the confines of a classroom?


SOAR stands for Special Opportunities for Artist Residencies. Since 1991, SOAR has made it possible for schools to provide students opportunities that are far beyond the constraints of today’s shrinking budgets. A wide variety of artists, writers, and performers of both local and national renown, have provided students of the Oshkosh Area School District with glimpses of beauty and the excitement of creativity.


SOAR is proud to collaborate with The Paine Art Center and UW Oshkosh in a new initiative, ArtsCore, which trains and supports educators to teach in and through the arts. As part of this collaboration, in 2017 SOAR and ArtsCore brought Cycropia. an aerialist dance troupe that performs in the style of Cirque de Soleil, to Oshkosh for a residency. Cycropia  performed at Merrill Middle, the Paine, and UWO. ArtsCore  facilitated arts learning experiences for middle school, and university students and teachers during the residency.

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