Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

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Eisenhower Auditorium University Park, PA 16802

Join us for the 2013–2014 season of the Center for the Performing Arts School-Time Matinee series — a laboratory of live theatre!

We encourage you to integrate the arts into your classroom, particularly as related to the performance you and your students are attending.

Because we know your classroom time is precious, we have provided teaching materials and pointed out subject area connections that follow the Pennsylvania Academic Standards and the Pennsylvania departments of Education and Public Welfare Learning Standards for Early Childhood. By bringing students to our performances and accessing teaching materials, your district is allowed to report 3.5 ACT 48 professional development hours. Teaching materials and ACT 48 documentation will be available on this website one month before each School-Time Matinee. School contacts will be notified via e-mail when they become available.

Under general information, you’ll find reservation details and field trip funding ideas, including a busing subsidy application sponsored, in part, by the Bill and Honey Jaffe Endowment. For those wishing to extend their stay at Penn State after the matinee, under Extend Your Visit we provide suggestions for other must-do activities. For performances for grades K-3, Show and Tell has information about the performance for parents to reference when asking children about their day. Show and Tell will be available on this website one month before each School-Time Matinee. Thank you for directing parents to this site.

By bringing your students to a live performing arts experience, you are giving them the gifts of broadened perspective and experiential learning. 

2013–2014 MATINEES

Please Click above for information regarding Programming and Events the Center for Performing Arts at Penn State as the schedule changes often.

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Making the Case to Your Funders

The School-Time Matinee series at the Center for the Performing Arts enhances in-class learning.

School-Time Matinees:

  • Allow educators to engage students with a living laboratory — the performing arts;
  • Incorporate Pennsylvania State Education Standards to help educators further in-class educational goals;
  • Provide experiential learners with ways to engage with core curriculum areas;
  • Introduce youth to the performing arts at a fraction of the cost of public performances;
  • Are educational and fun for you and your students.

Two excellent websites, Americans for the Arts and National Guild for Community Arts Education provide more resources to help you explain to funders, parent-teacher organizations, and principals the reasons you want to take your students to experience a School-Time Matinee.

Transportation Subsidy Available

The Honey and Bill Jaffe Endowment for Audience Development and the Center for the Performing Arts are pleased to offer a limited busing subsidy to assist your school with transportation costs for School-Time Matinees. Ask for details when you make your reservation with Shannon Arney at 814-863-2688 or via email.

Please download, print, compete, and return the busing subsidy request form, to the address provided on the form, two weeks prior to the date of the performance.

Target Field Trip Grants

Go to Target. Applications are accepted beginning August 1 for the 2013–2014 grants. Each grant is valued up to $700. Target accepts grant applications between noon CST August 1 and noon CST September 30.


Additional Information

Educator Preparation Materials and Lesson Plans are available for each program at the Center of Performing Arts at Penn State. Please consult their web site and show details to download material that can be used before and after the show.

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Admission for each School-Time Matinee is $8 per person. One complimentary chaperone seat is provided for each group of twenty or more.

Contact Shannon Arney at 814-863-2688 or via email to make your reservation.

She’ll take all requests for busing subsidy for the School-Time Matinees. Go to busing subsidy for a request form. Visit funding for opportunities for field trip support, including useful rationales for an educational field trip in the arts.

When calling to place your order, please be prepared with the following information:

• Contact person’s name and email address;

• Name, address, phone number, and fax number of the school;
• Approximate number of students and adults attending;
• Grade level of students attending;
• Number of buses to be used;
• Special needs of students (wheelchairs, ASL interpreter, audio description, etc.).

Payment must be received two weeks prior to the School-Time Matinee date.

Teaching materials will be available one month before each School-Time matinee. School contacts will be notified via email when materials are ready.

Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Shannon Arney at 814-863-2688 in advance of your visit.

Audio description is being provided for the School-Time Matinee performance of ERTH’s Dinosaur Zoo™. Audio description is also available, upon advance request, for each of the other 2013–2014 School-Time Matinees. To request audio description for a School-Time Matinee, contact Arts Ticket Center Assistant Manager Shannon Arney — at least two weeks prior to the matinee date — at 814-863-2688.

The McQuaide Blasko Endowment supports School-Time Matinees. The Bill and Honey Jaffe Endowment for Audience Development and the Center for the Performing Arts provide funding for the busing subsidy.


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