Children's and Educational Programming

View 2017-18 Schedule for School Field Trips

Always among the highest expression of every culture, the arts teach us much about every historical period through its literature, visual arts, music, dance and drama. Today it is recognized that to be truly well educated one must not only learn to appreciate the arts, but also must have rich opportunities to participate actively in creative work.

The arts are languages that most people speak, cutting through individual differences in culture, educational background and ability. They can bring every subject to life and turn abstractions into concrete reality.

The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University does this through two very important programs: Arts In Education and Family Fun.

Arts in Education

Prior to Arts In Education performances, teachers may receive curriculum guides that include student activity and evaluation reports. The curriculum guides enhance student appreciation of the upcoming performance, include various academic disciplines, and conform to Illinois State Learning Standards.

Through Arts In Education, The Center reaches students from Chicago to Kankakee and from Joliet to Schererville, Indiana.

Part of the programming for Arts In Education is via the Medhurst Children’s Fund, established in memory of The Center board member Ralph Medhurst. This fund finances tickets for students in underserved Southland schools. Since its inception, the fund has donated more than 27,000 tickets to The Center events. Students gain exposure to the arts—expanding their horizons and fostering learning in math, science and language arts.

Senate Bill 100

Senate Bill 100 is now law. It “Makes changes concerning student discipline policies and the parent-teacher advisory committee; the creation of memoranda of understanding with local law enforcement agencies that clearly define law enforcement's role in schools; what a written expulsion or suspension decision must include; the use of school exclusions by school officials; a prohibition on zero-tolerance policies; when out-of-school suspensions of 3 days or less may be used; when out-of-school suspensions of longer than 3 days, expulsions, and disciplinary removals to alternative schools may be used”…and more.

What does this mean for educators? You may want to incorporate more social-emotional learning mechanisms into your curriculum. Check The Committee for Children’s take on how social-emotional learning can help your students succeed.

Review the legislation here.

Family Fun

A cavalcade of classic arts performances, our Family Fun series is designed for younger viewers and their families. Shows engage children, encouraging them to explore and question the world around them.
Family Fun is an ideal setting for birthday parties and other group events. 

Community Outreach

Other outreach programs include Summer Theatre Camp for Kids which attracts more than 40 participants each year; professionally taught Masters Classes for children in dance, theatre and music; and annual concerts featuring local schools and their students.

Educational Field Trip Support

Target is on track to reach $1 billion in giving for education by the end of 2015. During the 2010-2011 school year, nearly 420,000 students enjoyed an off-campus adventure through a Target Field Trip Grant.

Download Helpful Field Trip Funding Resources Packet

See You Soon

We hope to see you this season at one of the Arts In Education Series 2016-2017 Performances.