Carolina Theatre Partners With Durham Public Schools For Free Arts Discovery Tickets

DURHAM, July 26, 2016 — Continuing its decades-long tradition of presenting vital arts education experiences to the students of Durham, the Carolina Theatre is launching a new pilot program with Durham Public Schools that will provide students the opportunity to obtain free tickets to 22 Arts Discovery Educational Series events scheduled for the historic downtown venue in 2016-17.

Many school-aged students experience the performing arts for the first time as a result of the Carolina Theatre’s Arts Discovery Educational Series programming. Now, thanks to the generosity of a Fox Family Foundation grant, students of Durham Public Schools may attend the Theatre’s Arts Discovery Educational Series events free of charge.

Carolina Theatre Interim President and CEO Dan Berman will meet with Durham Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Bert L’Homme today, Tuesday, July 26, at 4 p.m. at the DPS Building (511 Cleveland St.), to formally launch this important program.

As a result of the new program, Durham Public Schools teachers will be able to reserve 2016-17 Arts Discovery Educational Series tickets on a first-come, first-served basis through early registration forms they’ll receive from August 5 to August 26. Teachers can also complete forms online at carolinatheatre.org/education  or drop off order forms at the Carolina Theatre box office (309 West Morgan St. Durham, NC. 27701).

Non-Durham Public Schools educators may begin reserving paid tickets to these events starting on August 29. Durham Public Schools educators may continue to reserve free tickets through September 15.  DPS educators may reserve tickets after September 15, depending on the availability of each show.

The goal of the Arts Discovery Educational Series is to engage students through captivating onstage performances and to inspire learning outside of the classroom — and inside the Carolina Theatre’s majestic Fletcher Hall. This year’s Arts Discovery shows provide a diverse and compelling roster of performances.

Carolina Theatre 2016-17 Arts Discovery Educational Series Schedule:

Legend of Sleepy Hollow | Tue, Nov 1, 2016 9:50 & 11:20 a.m.
A Christmas Carol | Tue, Nov 29, 2016 9:50 & 11:20 a.m.
Pete The Cat | Thu, Dec 1, 2016 9:50 & 11:20 a.m.
Holiday Songs: Music Around The World | Tue, Dec 6, 2016 9:50 & 11:20 a.m.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble | Tue, Jan 24, 2017 11:20 a.m.
February One | Wed, Feb 1, 2017 9:50 & 11:20 a.m.
Harriet Tubman & The Underground Railroad| Mon, Feb 27, 2017 9:50 & 11:20 a.m.
The Song of Mulan | Thu, Mar 2, 2017 9:50 & 11:20 a.m. 
The Rainbow Fish | Fri, Mar 17, 2017 9:50 & 11:20 a.m.
The House at Pooh Corner | Mon, Mar 20, 2017 9:50 & 11:20 a.m. 
Black Violin | Thu, March 23, 2017 11:20 a.m.
Jack’s Adventure in American History | Tue, April 18, 2017 9:50 & 11:20 a.m.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a major supporter of the Arts Discovery Educational Series program.

Education Coordinator Rebeka Todd, who programmed and scheduled this year’s Arts Discovery Educational Series shows, will administrate the DPS-CTD ticketing program. She will serve as the point of contact for educators at (919) 226-8879.

Carolina Theatre Arts Consultant Noel James, who set the DPS-CTD program in place, has also scheduled an Arts Education Fair for the Theatre on September 14 at 1 p.m.

Offered in partnership with the Durham Arts Council, the Arts Education Fair will allow educators and arts organizations to come together at the  Carolina Theatre to discuss new methods for educators to integrate arts education into lesson plans. Educators will be offered five continuing education units (CEU) for attending the Arts Education Fair. Educators may register at TruthLogic for CEU and RSVP with sadams [at] durhamarts [dot] org for attendance.

Each year, the Carolina Theatre programs the Arts Discovery Educational Series with enriching, educational and entertaining performances designed to complement classroom curriculum and bring lesson plans to life. The new Fox Family Foundation-funded program with Durham Public Schools will further establish the Carolina Theatre as the premier destination for arts education, as its continues to present live performances with unique opportunities for learning and engage the diverse communities of the Triangle Region with powerful arts experiences.

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