The Academy for the Performing Arts (APA) hosted its first middle school outreach event of the year on Friday, February 1, in its historic Huntington Beach Union High School District auditorium.

The outreach was one of many events aiming to inform and inspire future high school students to engage in the arts. Over 500 students from six middle schools were in attendance, with schools spanning the Huntington Beach, Ocean View, Fountain Valley, and Westminster school districts. Students received complimentary tickets and transportation provided by the Educational Enrichment Foundation for the Arts (EEFA), and viewed a special sneak-preview performance of APA Dance department’s “Fusion 2019,” which premiered on February 1.

After the performance, students were invited to participate in a question-and-answer session with a panel of current APA students. The panel was comprised of representatives from each of APA’s departments in an effort to give prospective students in-depth information on the Academy and each of its disciplines.

“APA is in the process of heightening our presence among middle schools,” says Zach Edwards, APA’s Outreach Coordinator. “We’re excited to be sharing the arts with these younger generations.”

The students were also given a preview of APA’s Music Media and Entertainment Technology (MMET) department’s “Playlist 2019″—an annual celebration of current music and original student compositions. “Playlist 2019” premieres February 15, with tickets available at

Article and photos provided by Nicole Perreira.