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ACTIVITIES FOR SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES

The JCCC Arts Education program is pleased to present a wide variety of events for students, teachers and community members. Arts Education offers youth performances that cultivate future audiences, learning opportunities to impact teaching practices and artist master classes connecting you directly with visiting artists.

Our productions are professional touring companies. We look forward to introducing your students and your family to the transformational power of the arts!


ARTS EDUCATION DAYTIME PERFORMANCES

School tickets $5 or less | General Public tickets $6

Email Angel Mercier to see if your school qualifies for funding to assist with tickets and buses. Large school groups receive priority seating. General public seating is on a first-come/first-seated basis in sections to be determined. Regardless of age, each person attending the performance must have a ticket.

"ROCK THE PRESIDENTS"
10 A.M. AND 1 P.M. l NOVEMBER 16, 2016 l YARDLEY HALL
Grades 4-12

On the heels of the 2016 elections, this musical takes you on a journey through the history of U.S. presidents told through original rock, pop and folk music. This high octane, multimedia-filled musical revue looks at the lives of the 43 people who have held the highest elected office in America. "Rock the Presidents" makes facts fun and empowers young people with the belief that they too can get involved in civic life.

Schools, call the box office at 913-469-4445 to purchase tickets. Members of general public, purchase tickets online.

"EVERYBODY'S HERO: THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY"
10 A.M. l JANUARY 27, 2017 l YARDLEY HALL
Grades 3 and up

At the start of summer 1947, television was brand-new, the sound barrier had not been broken, and baseball was a white man's game. By the time fall arrived, Jackie Robinson had become the first African-American to play major league baseball. Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey knew Robinson would be tough enough to stand up to teammates who would ridicule him, the pitchers who would throw at him and the fans who would send him threats. This musical play shows the events that shaped Jackie Robinson's character, his struggle to gain acceptance, and the tremendous obstacles he overcame on his way to changing the face of our nation and our national pastime. Performance photo shows Jackie Robinson sporting his Montreal Royals jersey.

Schools, call the box office at 913-469-4445 to purchase tickets. Members of general public, purchase tickets online.

"BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR AND OTHER TREASURED STORIES" BY ERIC CARLE
10 A.M. AND 1 P.M. l FEBRUARY 7, 2017 l YARDLEY HALL
Grades PreK-3

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's much-anticipated new production celebrates "Brown Bear's" 50th anniversary with old favorites and new friends. Featuring music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry, the triple bill highlights three of Eric Carle's most beloved tales. The "Very Hungry Caterpillar" is joined by a whimsical cast of adventurous animals drawn from the pages of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" To complete the performance is the poignant story of a young girl's unusual quest, "Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me."

Schools, call the box office at 913-469-4445 to purchase tickets. Members of general public, purchase tickets online.

"ODD SQUAD LIVE!"
1 P.M. l FEBRUARY 28, 2017 l YARDLEY HALL
Ages 4-8

Attention! Yardley Hall transforms into the topsecret "mathroom" as Odd Squad kid agents Olive and Otto crack the case in this live, interactive adventure. Under the supervision of their beloved agents, audiences will put their STEM skills to the test to decode, decipher and unravel the strange occurrences in their town. Through live and digital participation, audience members solve these problems in real time alongside Olive and Otto.

Schools, call the box office at 913-469-4445 to purchase tickets. Members of general public, purchase tickets online.

The production of "Odd Squad Live!" is based on the PBS kids series "Odd Squad," produced by The Fred Rogers Company and Sinking Ship Entertainment. Major funding for Odd Squad is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the U.S. Department of Education.

"ELLIS, ISLAND OF DREAMS"
10 A.M. AND 1 P.M. | MARCH 8 l YARDLEY HALL
Grades 4-12

How far would you travel to find a better life? From 1892 to 1924, Ellis Island was America's largest and most active immigration station, where over 12 million immigrants were processed. Follow the story of families' trials, heartbreak and triumphs. Their stories will evoke in your students an understanding that we are truly a nation of immigrants. "Ellis, Island of Dreams" book and lyrics by Debra Clinton. Music and additional lyrics by Jason Marks.

Schools, call the box office at 913-469-4445 to purchase tickets. Members of general public, purchase tickets online.

"THE TEMPEST" by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
10 A.M. l MARCH 23 l YARDLEY HALL
performed by Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
Grades High School and up

Heart of America Shakespeare brings romance to the stage in a script-in-hand presentation of "The Tempest." The drama begins with a shipwreck in the Mediterranean during a period of colonialism and exploration of the new world. The story unfolds on a magical island with all the Shakespeare heroes, villains, princesses and a magician.

Schools, call the box office at 913-469-4445 to purchase tickets. Members of general public, purchase tickets online.


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Activities that connect you directly to the artist

Heartland Chamber Music Academy

Heartland Chamber Music is an award-winning student chamber music Academy in the heart of Kansas City. Each summer, the Heartland Chamber Music Festival attracts over 100 string and piano students, ages 8-26 from all over the world. Students receive instruction from internationally renowned music faculty and present free summer concerts. The Festivals are an exciting nine days of chamber music, orchestra, master classes, and student, faculty and guest performances.

Now in its 7th year, the Summer Festival education portion will take place at the Carlsen Center in partnership with Johnson County Community College's Performing Arts Series, Arts Education Program. Festival performances will be held in the community due to Carlsen Center renovations during the Festival. Please check the Heartland Chamber Music website for performance dates, times and locations.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program Offers Professional Development in Arts Integration

The PAS Arts Education Program and the Shawnee Mission School District are members of The Partners in Education Program of the John F. Kennedy Program for the Performing Arts. Selected because of their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, the partnership team is proud to represent Kansas.

The Kennedy Center Partnership Team collaborates to provide Arts Integration Learning Opportunities for teachers throughout the year. Our goal is to create and develop arts programs for the education of teachers to expand their abilities to integrate the arts into the curriculum, provide innovative teaching techniques and tools, and to inspire the artist within each of them.

Special thanks to our funders for their support. BNSF Railway, Francis Family Foundation, Victor and Caroline Schutte Foundation, Bank of America, Yellow Freight System Inc., Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.

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National Endowment for the Arts

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