As a teacher, you know that each young person in your class is uniquely talented and inquisitive. Engaging with the performing arts can help them to explore their own story, encounter the stories and cultures of others, and create a deeper understanding of academic work.

The opportunities and resources we offer through the various school-day initiatives on this page will help to broaden your students’ experience and genuinely support their learning.

We look forward to partnering with you to bring quality arts learning and performance experiences to your students!

Too Hot Poetry Contest

Celebrating MLK’s vision of the beloved community, we invite 3rd-12th grade students across the city to enter a poem, 3 to 12 lines in length, focusing on: “When is community?” OR “What does ‘beloved community’ mean to you?” Learn More

Student Matinees

Find out how you and your students can experience the quality performances the Auditorium Theatre has to offer during the school day! Learn More


Looking for a way to enhance your practice as an educator? Want to find new activities that will help you reach the diverse learners in your classroom? Wishing you had some tools to really connect that performance field trip experience to the work your students are doing academically?

Then ArtsXChange — the Auditorium’s innovative professional development program for educators — might be just what you’ve been searching for! Learn More

In-School Residencies

Interested in partnering with a professional artist to bring arts learning into your classroom? Learn more about the residency and workshop opportunities we offer throughout the season. Learn More

Classroom Teacher Professional Development

Engage. Connect. Create! This innovative professional development program is designed specifically for Interested classroom teachers bringing their classrooms to one of our Student Matinee performances. In these two-hour interactive workshops (taking place at participating schools upon request), teachers explore the work of art they will be taking their students to see and while learning how to best ENGAGE their students with the performance, CONNECTING the work of art to topics they are exploring on in their classroom, and finally CREATING an arts activity or arts-based lesson that they can use to prepare their students for the field trip experience. Learn More