Arts in Education 2015/2016 Season

With the new school year fast approaching, have you considered how you will engage your students in lively and fun arts activities?

From the Black Violin’s merger of hip hop and classical music to the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Doktor KaBoom’s exploration of the fundamentals of electrical energy, we have something for everyone!

For more information, please view our 2015/2016 brochure below.

We are looking forward to seeing you at one of our shows!

School Time Series Teaching Artist Program

With National Arts in Education Week fast approaching (September 13-19, 2015), we are proud to announce that our School Time Series Teaching Artist Program has been featured in the New York State School Boards Association’s On Board. Arts Common Core from OB 7-20-15 Digital Edition (1)

“In Westchester County, Teaching Artists Aid Students in Common Core Push” – New York Times

The New York Times published an article about Arts In Education on April 4th and we couldn’t be more excited! Journalist Tammy La Gorce visited a second grade class at George M. Davis Elementary School while teaching-artist Galit Sperling “flopped, flailed, and chopped air” with the students.

Ángel Franco/The New York Times

While in the classroom at George M. Davis, La Gorce got to see teaching-artist Galit Sperling in action. By going to the classroom, teaching-artists encourage students to express themselves in a variety of ways, and with Galit, it was with movement. Galit and the students tapped into their imaginations and had fun- all while learning as a precursor to the show. In this particular exercise, La Gorce found that creating an environment of pure imagination and expression helped the students with critical thinking and problem solving.

La Gorce also visited with Arts In Education Programming Manager, Seth Soloway and Education Manager Ian Driver.

By the 2016-17 school year, Mr. Soloway and Ian Driver, education manager for Arts in Education, hope to extend their reach to at least 15 schools within an hour’s bus ride of Purchase.

Ángel Franco/The New York Times

Arts In Education’s goals look like they’re on the way to being achieved.

14-15 Brochure!

Discover. Enlighten. Engage      

At The Performing Arts Center we believe that our audience’s experience begins long before you enter our theaters and continues long after the last curtain call. Indeed, a single spark, ignited by a thrilling encounter with a live performance or a gifted artist, can inspire a lifelong passion for the arts. That is why this season we deepen our commitment to provide a fully immersive educational experience through world class performances and active engagement.

We are proud to announce that for the first time this season we offer pre-show visits for selected events. Specially trained Teaching Artist that will lead students through a fun, educational and engaging introduction to our performances.  

And that’s not all!– active engagement continues after the performance with new exciting opportunities to enhance the selected events through post-show workshops with the artists. And finally, our nationally recognized in-school Neighborhood Bridges program, and our legendary day of PAWS: Performing Arts Workshops for Secondary Schools, will lead  students into an ever deeper personal relationship with the arts.

2014-15. A year of discovery. Come and be engaged, check out our 14-15 Brochure and CLICK on the link below:

For more information about our Arts in Education programs please call 914 251 6232

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Center!

Arts @ The Core

Arts @ The Core

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As a valued partner in our education work, we take great pride in sharing this announcement with you. NYSAAE’s work is vital to the health and development of arts learning in our state and we highly recommend this event as another way to explore the arts curriculum, the Common Core and the future of arts learning as a whole.

NYSAAE is providing a special $30 discount to PAC teachers ($10 off the regular price). Please click on regular Registration fee of $40. Then, enter the discount code of “TPAC2014” when prompted.

Thanks. I hope to see you there!

Ian Driver

Nancy Hanks Lecture 2013: Yo-Yo Ma.

“STEM without STEAM loses steam. STEM to STEAM will power our country forward.” -Yo-Yo Ma

STEM= Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
STEAM= Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Math.

Without the ARTS, we will lose steam, funding, education and immigration reform for the arts is just as important as for any other STEM division. We need creative thinkers who can look outside of the box with an innovative mind. Please listen to Yo-Yo Ma’s inspiring speech at the Nancy Hanks Lecture at The Americans for the Arts Convention of 2013.

Neighborhood Bridges & Arts-in-Education

It is the second year that the Arts-in-Education Department at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College was thrilled to host Neighborhood Bridges, made possible by The Frog Rock Foundation.

The Children’s Theatre of Minneapolis, created this program as a vision of an “arts integration residency that combines professional development, creative drama and storytelling to enhance 4th and 5th grade literacy and writing skills”. We had two teaching artists fly in from CTC to prepare classroom teachers, as well as teaching artists for a 10 week long endeavor to “team-teach classroom sessions, incorporating creative drama and storytelling to encourage, cultivate and refine student writing skills”.

Traphagan School and Pennington School of Mount Vernon, as well as Paideia School 15 of Yonkers were able to participate, with a total of 6 fourth grade classrooms, counting about 140 students. Throughout the process, the Arts-in-Education team was onsite and in constant contact with the teaching artists and teachers to document the progress of each classroom. We were hoping to find that the program encouraged students to explore their artistic side and look at reading and writing from a completely different, fun and engaging perspective.

After the 10 week in class program, we organized a Neighborhood Bridges Festival at The Performing Arts Center. Each class would read a creative piece and perform their own interpretation of a fairy tale on stage of The Pepsico Theatre, which holds up to 713 audience members! It was inspiring to see that the students came equipped with newly found theatrical voices, inventive costumes, and a ton of enthusiasm for the event!

It was an eye-opening experience and we decided to invite school administrators and the teaching participants to come together for a Neighborhood Bridges Reflection Session. We came to a mutual understanding that this program did meet and exceed our expectations. It was extremely helpful for every participating student and especially for some who were able to explore another realm of expression. Students, who had had difficulty paying attention or participating in class previously, started partaking, contributing and even delegating.

It was with great pride that we at The Performing Arts Center were able to host such engaged, talented and creative students and artists to realize such a wonderful program and event!

If you would like to learn more about the program, feel free to contact us at (914) 251-6232 or visit The Children’s Theatre’s website:

PAWS 2013


On January 8th we are going to have our 26th annual Performing Arts Workshops for Secondary Students (PAWS) at SUNY Purchase. This year we are hosting about 350 students from 11 High Schools from Westchester and Fairfield County! The students will have a chance to participate in numerous workshop offerings that are normally not taught at their schools. Every student will partake in three workshops based on their preference.

This year for those students interested in DANCE, we offer:

 Jazz Dance, Belly Dance, Irish Step Dance, Modern Dance, Hip Hop, Latin Dance & Choreography

Or take one of these workshops to try out your VOCAL chords:

Jazz Singing, Gospel & Choral Singing for Musical Theatre

Or try your chance at THEATRE:

Yoga for the Actor, Directing, Audition Techniques, Advanced Studio Acting & Stage Combat


There is something for everyone at PAWS to try out and we are excited to see this year’s event succeed like it has for the past 25 years: “PAWS is a celebration of the arts and helps me improve on things I’m passionate about.” “The whole day was one of the best learning experiences I’ve ever had.”

-Exploration leads to passions and we are happy to provide this opportunity to this year’s students once again.