K12 School Partner Program: 2019-2020

We think everyone should have the opportunity to explore the world through the arts, which is why we launched our K12 School Partner Program in 2014.

This series of matinee performances provide students with the opportunity to experience live arts and creative conversations with both established and emerging artists. The program offers deeply discounted tickets, transportation subsidies, free tickets for chaperones and study guides to help teachers and students prepare.


Register your class for an event

To bring your classes to events in this series, please complete and submit the Registration and Transportation Scholarship Form. Once completed, you will receive a confirmation email. For any questions, please contact Jane Hirshberg.


Upcoming Student Matinee Performances

Most events begin at 10:30AM and are approximately one hour and usually include a Q&A with the artists.


Artist Partner Programs: Visiting Artist Series

Harlem 100: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance

Thursday, Oct.17 at 11AM in the Kay Theatre
A century ago, the Great Migration turned New York City into a hub for rising Black culture, where the Harlem Renaissance ushered in new waves of powerful Black thought, literature, fashion and music. In Harlem 100, undeniable showman Michael Mwenso leads his band the Shakes through an ecstatic multimedia celebration of that legacy. Together, they revisit the sounds and sights of Waller, Ellington, Holliday and the like.
Recommended for grades 6 - 12


School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Flyin' West

Friday, Nov. 8 at 10:30AM in the Kogod Theatre
Set in 1898, Flyin’ West is the story of African American women pioneers who settled together in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas. This work by Pearl Cleage explores themes of determination, racial pride, intermarriage and the power of love to highlight the female empowerment that she sees as vital to the African American community.  
Recommended for grades 9 - 12


School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

A Doll House

Friday, Feb. 14 at 10:30AM in the Kogod Theatre
Performed by an all-female cast, this production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House questions the roles that society assigns to men and women. This fresh perspective on the classic play encourages audiences to question what has changed since nineteenth-century Europe through the interpretations of six women actors playing male and female characters.  
Recommended for grades 9 - 12


Artist Partner Programs: Visiting Artist Series

Las Cafeteras

Monday, March 30 at 11AM in the Dekelboum Concert Hall
Playing with the richness of nylon-stringed guitars, the complex harmonies of classical music and the sharp lyricism of rap, Las Cafeteras is a direct reflection of and response to the tumult of modern-day political discourse in the United States. The band’s musical style, which Los Angeles Times has called a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock,” is a celebration of the band’s refusal to play within ascribed boundaries.
Recommended for grades 3 - 8


Artist Partner Programs: Visiting Artist Series

Malpaso Dance

Thursday, April 23 at 11AM in the Kay Theatre
Malapso has become Cuba’s most driven and in-demand touring dance troupe. Mixing modern Cuban music with contemporary classical and electronic sounds, Malpaso presents three reflections on the ways humans interact with the world-exploring the emotional range of relationships with Indomitable Waltz, exploring the ways in which lovers can uplift and devastate one another with Ocaso, and exploring self-discovery with Tubla Rasa.
Recommended for grades 6 - 12


School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies


Friday, May 8 at 10:30AM in the Dance Theatre
In this fast-paced, rigorous and celebratory program, undergraduate dance students from the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies set new works of art into motion in this concert of original choreography. 
Recommended for grades 6 - 12