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A Community Resource for Arts Education

Performing Arts Series (PAS) Arts Education offers programs for all ages that engage, explore and inspire! These include daytime performances for schools and community, interactive workshops, master classes and offsite artist visits with world-class performers. Nurture lifelong learning, imagination and develop critical thinking. 

Call the box office at 913-469-4445 to purchase tickets. 

Family Shows in Yardley Hall at JCCC

These hour-long performances are $6 for the general public. Schools get $1 off ($5 tickets)! Contact Angel Mercier to see if your school qualifies for funding to assist with tickets and buses.

Garry Krinsky: Toying with Science | 9:45 a.m. | Sept. 17 | (gr. 2-5)
This fun and informative show is a fast-paced, varied and dynamic program that brings a number of science-based toys to life with motion, music, humor and insight. Songs offer information on gravity, fulcrums, levers and basic mechanics. Audience participation.
Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble: Drum is the Thunder, Flute is the Wind | 9:45 a.m. and noon | Nov. 20 | (all ages)
Take a journey through the colorful Lakota Sioux Indian culture with Kevin Locke and his Native Dance Ensemble. Traditional arts forms handed down through generations are presented on the flute, drums, in song and through visually compelling ritual dances.
African Culture Connection | 9:45 a.m. and noon | Feb. 25 | (all ages)
West Africa native Charles Ahovissi is dedicated to presenting the vibrant rhythms, movements, colors and costumes of African tribal traditions. His troupe performs lively interpretations of African proverbs through song, music and dance by creating an authentic African village ambiance.
Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! | 9:45 a.m. and noon | March 9 | (PreK-3)
Elephant Gerald is careful. Piggie just wants to play! Our favorite characters from Mo Willems’ beloved Elephant and Piggie series set the stage for this vaudevillian romp of a musical, where pachyderm and swine heroically explore the importance of friendship.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – Live! | 9:45 a.m. and noon | April 6 | (PreK-2)
Using imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key social skills necessary for school and life in this interactive musical adventure. These stories are grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark social-emotional curriculum.

Education Outreach in Your School and at JCCC

Heartland Chamber Music Festivals | July 24-Aug. 1

Concert Schedule:

  • Friday, July 24, The Wires. 8-9 p.m. Nerman Museum Atrium
  • Faculty and Guests Concert, Sunday, July 26 at 2 p.m. Yardley Hall
  • MIAMI STRING QUARTET Concert, Wednesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. Followed by a private reception for VIPS
    Tickets for the Miami String Quartet concert, which are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, are available through the JCCC Box Office at 913-469-4445 or online.
  • Junior Festival Concert, Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m. Yardley Hall
  • Festival Scholars Concert, Friday, August 31 at 7 p.m. Yardley Hall
  • Student Concert I, Saturday, August 1 at 2 p.m. Yardley Hall
  • Student Concert II, Saturday, August 1 at 7 p.m. Yardley Hall
Miami String Quartet (string master class for advanced students only) | July 29
Garry Krinsky: Toying with Science (science workshop, all ages) | Sept. 17
Hands-on science fun for the whole family.
New Dance Partners The Ultimate Collaboration (Pre-concert showcases of six local dance studios.) | Sept. 25-26
New Dance Partners is a collaboration where the JCCC Performing Arts Series commissions choreographers Gregory Dawson, Brian Enos and Kate Skarpetowska to create original works for local dance companies Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance and Owen/Cox Dance Group. This year we welcome new dance partner The Oklahoma City Ballet!
Glenis Redmond, Poetry off the Page (poetry writing, middle school and up) | Sept. 28–Oct. 2
Glenis proves that anyone can create poetry. She is poet, educator, performer and counselor rolled into one passionate soul. Glenis is a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist.

Marimba Sol de Chiapas | noon–1:00 pm, Monday, Oct. 5. | Polsky Theatre
Marimba Sol de Chiapas is a teaching performance ensemble with far more than 40 years combined in-school presentation experience. Marimba Sol de Chiapas takes you on a musical tour of four of Mexico's best-known regional musical styles.

Marimba Sol de Chiapas
Ailey II (dance master class, intermediate level dancers) | Oct. 6
A unique opportunity to take class with some of the country’s best young dancers. Ailey II is universally renowned for merging spirit and energy with creative vision in today’s emerging choreographers.
Hispanic Heritage Month (music and dance) | Sept. 15-Oct. 15
Artists and schedule for this monthlong celebration of Hispanic culture to be announced.
Urban Bush Women (community forum/dance master class, intermediate level dancers) | Nov. 5-6
Urban Bush Women weave contemporary dance, music and text with the history, culture and spiritual traditions of the African diaspora.
Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble (flute/hoop dance master classes, intermediate level) | Nov. 20
Workshop offering a hoop dance class and Northern Plains flute master class.
Ensemble Ibérica (master class for Fado singers) | Dec. 20
A distinct style of Portuguese singing known for its expressive character.

The Romeros (guitar, advanced/professional level) | 4:30-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19
Spanish Guitar workshop with Pepe and Celino Romero
Limited space. Cost: $20

Danú (vocals and instrumental, all ages) | Feb. 26
Explore traditional instruments including flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion and bouzouki.
Ballet Hispanico (intermediate/advanced dancers) | March 18
A contemporary repertoire class infused with the Latino culture.

Professional Development for Teachers

- Kennedy Center Teaching Artists
Professional Development in Arts Integration. Includes artists and educators selected to be included in the Kennedy Center listing.

Thank you for keeping the Arts in Education!

Kennedy Center Partners in Education

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 works in collaboration 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 in order to expand their abilities to integrate the arts into curriculum, provide innovative teaching techniques and tools, and to inspire the artist within each of them.

Special thanks goes 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.

Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education Missouri Alliance for Arts in Education The Kennedy Center

National Endowment for the Arts

Kansas Department of Commerce