Outreach & Education

Education Opportunities

Education and Outreach are two important components in the Center's overall mission. The Center provides performing arts experiences, learning opportunities and cultural enrichment through programs for children, teens, schools, families, community partners and adults.

  • Master Classes & Residencies: Attention Educators! The Center invites you to share the power of the arts with your students through one of our many Master Classes and Residencies. Open to elementary, middle, high school and college students, participants learn directly from world-class Center Presents performers in an informal classroom setting.
  • Jazz Education: The Jazz Education program brings together artists from the Taft Law Jazz & Blues Series and high school students in an informal Palladium setting. Students have an opportunity to interact with these accomplished professionals in a Q&A style format.
  • Field Trips & Demonstrations: Enhancing the concert experience through hands-on learning, students discover the worlds of sound and light in the Palladium, props and costumes in the Studio Theater and see excerpts from plays or musicals in the Tarkington.
  • Internships: Open to college and high school students, interns have the opportunity to learn about marketing and fundraising as well as aspects of concert production including lighting, sound and technical staging. College students may earn credits toward their degrees through our internship programs.
  • Peanut Butter & Jam: Designed for children ages 1 through 7, Peanut Butter & Jam sessions encourage young children to become active and enthusiastic listeners through music, dance and games. Join us for these informal Saturday morning concerts that are fun, lively and educational. Parents free with paying child. Click here to learn more.
  • Classics In Context: Complimentary for Printing Partners Classical Series ticketholders, the Center presents pre-concert lectures by Classical Series performers and artists. Attendees gain an insider's perspective on the works being performed. Classics In Context presentations begin one hour before show time at each Classical Series performance.
  • More About Art: Staff members from the Center lead talks pertaining to the latest news and upcoming events at the Center, including arts-related news stories and more. Talks take place in a community forum-style setting.
  • Palladium Bookies: Dedicated to books about the performing arts, the Palladium Bookies meet the 2nd Monday of every month at 7pm. Previous book titles have included New York Times bestsellers and internationally acclaimed novels "The City of Falling Angels," "The Spanish Bow" and "The Painted Girls."
  • Great American Songbook Movie Series: The popular movie series returns for the Center's 2013-14 season! Presenting beloved and classic Truly Moving Picture Award-winning films on the big screen at the Palladium, this program is a unique partnership between the Center, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures and The Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative. Previous screenings have included "Singin' in the Rain" and "An American In Paris."
  • Tours: Free tours of the Palladium are offered on a bi-weekly basis. Reservations are required. Reserve online here.
  • For more information about any of these programs, please email Outreach@TheCenterPresents.org or call the Box Office at 317.843.3800.

See examples of how your dollars can help:

  • $50: Allows one student to attend a concert for free or gives one student musician the opportunity to perform at a senior center.
  • $200: Allows 15 students to participate in a master class with guest artists who perform at the Center.
  • $500: Brings 10 students to a Jazz concert to sit in for a sound check, have dinner and attend the concert or gives the Center the ability to present a pre-concert lecture or Q&A with the guest artist.
  • $1,000: Allows one high school student finalist the opportunity to attend the Great American Songbook Vocal Academy and Competition in Indianapolis.
  • $2,500: Helps three college students intern at the Center in order to earn college credits for their degrees.
  • $5,000: Provides master classes to students for the Dance Series with the performing artist.
  • $10,000: Allows 400 elementary students to attend an ‘All Access’ field trip to the Center for the Performing Arts where they have the opportunity to tour the Palladium, Tarkington and Studio Theaters and explore how each theater works.
  • $25,000: Supports the Center in providing a Community Day where the three venues would be open to the public for free for tours, live music and educational activities.


To continue to present these educational experiences, we need you! Make a tax-deductible donation now.