Arts in Education – Our Mission

Discover. Enlighten. Engage. The Performing Arts Center’s Arts in Education programs are based on the belief that our audience’s experience begins long before they enter our theaters and continues long after the last curtain call. A single spark, ignited by a thrilling encounter with a live performance or a gifted artist, can inspire a lifelong passion for the arts.

This is why we continue to deepen our commitment to provide K-12 students with a fully immersive educational experience through world class performances coupled with active engagement.

To this end, the Arts in Education department proudly announces that we will expand our Teaching Artist programming. Building on last season’s outstanding success, for the 2016–17 season, one of our teaching artists will be available to visit your classroom before any event that you attend at The Performing Arts Center. Our specially trained teaching artists will lead your students in integrated classroom activities that link our performances to the Core Curriculum and NYS Learning Standards in ways that will leave students engaged and inspired.

Active engagement continues after the performance with opportunities to enhance selected events through post-show workshops with the artists.

Our nationally recognized in-school Neighborhood Bridges program, and our legendary day of PAWS: Performing Arts Workshops for Secondary Schools are further examples of initiatives that lead students into an ever deeper personal relationship with the arts.

Click to view our 2016-2017 Arts-In-Education season.

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