The Bank of America Arts Showcase brings Rhode Island students, teachers, and artists together in the true spirit of a community arts program. Each year, approximately 10,000 middle school students (grades six through nine) attend live performances of dance, music or theatre at PPAC during school hours.

Performances in the Bank of America Arts Showcase are presented by New England artists. The artists are selected by PPAC based on the cultural diversity and educational value of their productions and the positive, energetic responses of their audiences. Prior to each performance, teachers receive study guides to help in the development of curriculum activities.

Following each performance, students are asked to submit a report card, grading the performance and offering feedback. The need and desire on the part of the community for this vitally important program is clearly demonstrated by its success. All Rhode Island public, private, and parochial school children in grades six through nine are invited to attend the Arts Showcase performances. Reservations are required and requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets to Bank of America performances are FREE; these tickets are not available to the general public. This program is an outreach offering to Rhode Island middle schools only. Registration materials for the 2013/2014 Bank of America Arts Showcase season are available now. Middle school teachers who are interested in bringing their students to a Showcase performance can email requests for registration materials to

All performances will begin at 9:30 AM and last for approximately one hour. (Please note that it may take up to one additional hour for all students to be called for their bus at the conclusion of the performance.)

OCTOBER 17, 2013
Rhythms of Latin America
Carlos de Leon is a seasoned “salsa” band leader, composer, and musician who performs regularly in New England, New York, and Latin America. His music is lively, his presentation engaging and interactive, and his focus is on sharing his knowledge and love of Latin music with young audiences. To enhance the Latin American rhythms, Carlos has invited an acoustic trio to join him to demonstrate the music and rhythms of Mexican origin.

JANUARY 23, 2014
Demystifying Modern Dance
Through discussion, demonstration, and performance, students will learn how important creative problem solving and basic physics are to creating dance movements. This performance will include some audience participation to demonstrate how useful skills such as patience, perseverance, and interpersonal communication skills apply to dance as well as daily life. Diverse movements combined with diverse musical selections will offer something for everyone.

FEBRUARY 6, 2014
American Jazz – New Orleans to Now
Founded in 2004 by Andrew Kelly, the Jazz Ambassadors have traveled throughout the northeast and internationally to present jazz education programs. Students will learn about the great composers and performers of jazz as well as the instruments used to create this unique American music. Incorporating many recognizable musical numbers, the musicians will show how jazz music surrounds us daily, even though we may not realize it!

MARCH 6, 2014
This lecture/demonstration explores the scientific properties of bubbles – liquids, solids, gasses, geometry, tension, pressure – in an entertaining and educational performance. Weaving stories of the history of soap bubbling to explaining tools used to produce some of the incredible bubble forms, this memorable, interactive program shows how science and art allow us to explore the world in meaningful ways.

MARCH 20, 2014
Music in the Celtic Tradition
This regionally acclaimed five-member ensemble will bring high energy music and Irish step dancing to the PPAC stage to demonstrate the relationship between the traditional Celtic tunes, dances, songs, and instruments used for jigs and reels and modern productions such as “Riverdance.” The concert will be accompanied by a slide show to visually illustrate tales of the heritage of the Blackstone River Valley.

Attention Rhode Island Educators!

The Rhode Island State Arts Council (RISCA) has announced a new grant program designed to help fund transportation for students to attend arts and cultural events, like PPAC’s Bank of America Arts Showcase Series, as part of their education.

If transportation has been a problem in the past for attending arts and cultural events during the school day, please visit the Big Yellow School Bus webpage for an application and to review grant program guidelines.