The Center: Enriching the community

2/9/2017 1:03:03 PM

The Center’s new partnership with local law firm Keller Macaluso began with the Jan. 21 Peanut Butter & Jam session at the Palladium, featuring performers Marc and Max the Moose.

Education and outreach programs attract support and attention

Even frequent visitors to the Palladium may be unaware that, aside from presenting great concerts and arts experiences, the Center for the Performing Arts has a vital public mission that includes a wide range of community education and outreach initiatives.

These programs would not be possible without the support of generous sponsors such as local law firm Keller Macaluso, which has signed on to support the popular Peanut Butter & Jam series this year and through the Center’s 2017-2018 season.

Designed for children ages 1-7, the monthly PB&J program presents fun, educational and interactive concerts that promote engagement in the performing arts. The informal Saturday morning sessions are a hit with parents and grandparents who want to share a live music experience with their favorite little ones.

“Keller Macaluso is proud to partner with the Center for the Performing Arts as the lead sponsor of the Peanut Butter & Jam program,” said Matt Macaluso, cofounder of the Carmel-based firm, which serves commercial clients, entrepreneurs, businesses and individuals. “The arts are a key ingredient to a thriving community, and we are pleased to support our neighbors at the Center for the Performing Arts.”

The Center’s education and outreach programs are catching on in the community and even gaining some media attention. WFYI-FM reporter Jill Sheridan attended the Jan. 21 PB&J session with two of her own kids for a segment on the station’s The Art of the Matter arts talk show. Click here to listen to the report, which begins around the 33:30 mark.

A story in Carmel Monthly magazine’s January issue surveyed some of the other education and outreach programs, including book clubs for kids and adults; master classes led by touring performers; educational videoconferences for students throughout the state; evening classes in dance and music; and Firestone FrontRow, which provides free concert tickets and dinner to high school and college music students who also get to observe the preshow soundcheck and engage in a Q&A with the performers. Read the story here.

A recent Current in Carmel newspaper carried two stories about the Center’s community programs. The inaugural Intro to Standup Comedy class, taught by comedian Mat Alano-Martin is sold out. Read about it here.

Perfect Harmony, a program of the Center’s affiliated Great American Songbook Foundation in collaboration with the state chapter of the Alzheimers Association, provides music experiences for older adults, especially those with Alzheimer's, dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders. Read the Current story here.