Outreach & Education

Education for All Ages

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.

From Toddlers to Young Adults

Palladium PALS (Performing Arts Literary Season) Book Club
In the Center’s new reading initiative, Palladium PALS, students read books aligned with Center Presents performances and can earn a free ticket to experience a show. Together, the Palladium PALS and Palladium Bookies (the Center’s book club for adults), form a literary initiative that spans babies to seniors. Click HERE to learn more!

Peanut Butter & Jam
Sponsored by Keller Macaluso

Designed for children ages 1 through 7, Peanut Butter & Jam sessions encourage young children to become engaged in the performing arts. Join us for these informal Saturday morning concerts that are fun, lively and educational. Adults free with paying child. Click HERE to learn more!

Science of Light & Sound
During the 45 minute program, sponsored by Telamon Foundation, we reinforce the terms and ideas taught in the classroom through the real-world application by the Center’s audio and light engineers. The Palladium is a perfect venue to discuss the vocabulary and concepts of sound propagation and characteristics of light. Students and teachers are encouraged to ask questions and participate throughout the program.

Musical Images of Indiana (Videoconference)
During this live, interactive videoconference, students actively engage in an examination of songs about Indiana and by Hoosier songwriters from the 19th Century to present. What geographic regions of Indiana have been emphasized and why? How do lyricists incorporate the use of metaphor, simile, and hyperbole to strengthen their song? The program aligns to 4th grade IDOE standards for Language Arts, Social Studies, and Music. This activity is a signature project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, and is made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission. In 2016, it is available, free of charge, to any school in Indiana.

KAR Front Seat
Sponsored by KAR Auction Services

High school students, with special interest in the genre, are given unique access to Center Presents performers. Students sit in on the performer’s sound check and rehearsal then engage in Q&A or special workshops with these accomplished professionals.

Master Classes & Residencies
Participants further the study of their art as they learn directly from world-class Center Presents performers in a classroom setting.

Artist Outreach
Select Center Presents artists visit facilities for engagement with those who can’t physically attend Center shows

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. Click HERE to apply!

From Young Adults to Seniors

Sponsored by J.C. Hart Company, Inc.
The Scene 
Be at the Center of Experiencing the Arts with Young Professionals

If you love the arts and are between 21-40 years of age, we invite you to become a member of The Scene. Designed for and by young professionals, our members come from diverse professional backgrounds, but we all share a common interest in the arts and in making an impact. The group offers opportunities to enjoy great concerts at a discount, socialize with like-minded individuals, and shape your cultural involvement while advancing the mission of the Center for the Performing Arts.
Visit BeInTheScene.org or call 317.819.3506 to learn more and to become a member! Click HERE to learn more!

Join the Center’s dynamic Women’s group to explore the arts, education, and inspiration. The group meets every other month for a presentation and lunch at the Palladium. For more information and to learn more about upcoming events email Luminaries@TheCenterPresents.org. Click HERE to learn more!

Dance Discovery Series
Get up close and personal with a variety of dance forms. We’ve selected shows in the Center’s season, with a strong dance component, and partnered with dance instructors to put together an introduction to the various genres. Each lively session provides a brief overview of the culture before getting participants up on their feet.

No partner or previous dancing experience necessary to register.

Classics in Context

7:15–7:45pm | Robert Adam Room
Join us a for a pre-concert discussion led by Heather Platt, Professor of Music & Musicology at Ball State University. Complimentary for Printing Partners Classical ticketholders, this lecture provides attendees an insider’s perspective on the works being performed at our classical performances.

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." Click HERE to learn more!

Speakers Bureau
Opportunities exist for Center staff to lead talks, with your group or organization, pertaining to the latest performing arts news and upcoming events at the Center. For more information, please email Outreach@TheCenterPresents.org

Great American Songbook Gallery
Through the utilization of current technology the gallery is turned into a multimedia educational center for the Songbook. A touchscreen monitor allows visitors to see and hear the music as it was performed on stage and screen while digitized images turn the four walls of the gallery into a life-sized textbook. Exhibit cases display pieces from our collections. Click HERE to learn more!

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.

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