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Free Children Performing Arts Education Programs!! / Registrations Open

The Kimmel Cultural Campus continues to expand its offerings with its Creative Stages Program!

JAZZ4FREEDOM Exploring Black History & Social Change with Jazz

Jazz4Freedom is a program developed for 4th grade students linking Jazz to Black History in Pennsylvania and beyond. Led by our experienced teaching artists, 4th graders are first engaged with a pre-show class about the Harlem Renaissance and growth of Jazz in Philadelphia. The highlight of the program is a field trip to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts to see a Jazz4Freedom performance featuring music, dance, and commentary on social change throughout history. Students are inspired by a post-show class which links the Civil Rights Movement to Jazz and provides an opportunity for reflection on the continuation of social change. Finally, teachers are empowered to continue the discussion in their classrooms through study guides connecting Jazz4Freedom to academic standards in Social Studies and Language Arts.

ONE MUSICAL PHILADELPHIA Building Teamwork & Community through Musical Theater

One Musical Philadelphia explores the unique American art form of Musical Theater, while building community and encouraging teamwork. The program begins with an introductory workshop for 5th graders scheduled during the school day. Then, students self-select to participate in an 8-week residency to learn songs and dances from a show selected by the Kimmel Cultural Campus. Participants share the routines with classmates during in-school assemblies, with support provided by the Kimmel teaching artists. Finally, buses bring students and their families to the Kimmel Cultural Campus for an awesome performance. Students from schools across the region come together to perform their production numbers in one unforgettable finale!

#PHILLYBEATZ Creative Imagination Powered by Technology

#PhillyBeatz is a technology-based creativity celebration designed for 6th graders. The program starts when Kimmel artists deliver a beat-making workshop in 6th grade classrooms. Students then self-select to participate in a 6-week after school residency program, where they learn how to create their own music using electronic music software and embrace their creativity. Upon completion of the program, students are bused to the Kimmel Cultural Campus to attend a Creativity Festival where artists produce new work with the students. The day ends with an exclusive Hip Hop performance by professional performing artists premiering works inspired by the students' songs!

Middle School Musical Theater Festival Join schools from throughout the region for a one-of-a-kind festival, exclusively for middle school students, celebrating all things musical theater! During the exciting day-long celebration on Kimmel Cultural Campus, students will be taught a musical number by Kimmel teaching artists and get the chance to perform their number on the Kimmel Center stage. The entire day culminates in a masterclass with a Broadway artist! Sign Up

Middle School Jazz Festival Join schools from throughout the region for a different sort of Jazz Festival exclusively for middle school students. During an exciting day-long celebration on Kimmel Cultural Campus, music students of all levels have the opportunity to attend instrumental master class workshops and “sit-in” with professional jazz musicians during a sectional rehearsal. The entire day culminates in an exclusive concert by a professional Philadelphia-based big band! Sign Up

PHILADANCO Days Free Student Matinee

PHILADANCO performances are offered free for school groups on PHILADANCO Days. The Winter matinee is appropriate for grades 2nd-6th. The Spring matinee is reserved for 7th-12th grade students. Sign Up

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