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. 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.)

November 13, 2014

Rob the Drummer

Be the Best You Can Be

Rob Gottfried is a nationally acclaimed children’s motivational educator whose musical concerts educate audiences through a dynamic approach – the drums – to convey a message focused on anti-bullying and accepting ethnic diversity. This “bare foot” percussionist seeks to strengthen life choices through music, sports, academics, and creative arts while addressing the problems of drug and alcohol abuse in school-age children.  “Rob the Drummer” has been described as a role-model beacon for today’s youth. 

January 15, 2015

Marvelous Marvin

How the Body Works

is a one-man show which brings to life the wonders and fun of physiology.  Marvelous Marvin uses an unfolding house of colorful graphics, eye-catching inventions and magic tricks, infectious rap-style rhyming text, and intriguing experiments to inspire students to think in a creative and innovative manner.  

February 12, 2015 - SOLD OUT

The Tsetse Initiative  

Bullying Prevention Concert

In collaboration with Professor Rene de la Garza, Opera Providence, and various professional and emerging local talents, this performance incorporates original poetry, music, and dance into an awareness theme of bullying prevention.  Transforming these art forms into a socially relevant message, students will be educated on how to recognize and learn appropriate responses to various forms of bullying.

March 12, 2015

Ryan P. Casey (New!)

Tap into History!

Mr. Casey and company members will present a historical overview of rhythm tap dance illustrating how this American art form has developed through different time periods and cultural shifts.  From big band jazz and movie musicals of the ‘40’s and ‘50’s to the civil rights movement, students will be amazed at the songs and dances evoking a variety of chapters in our nation’s history.  Incorporating improvisation, acapella routines, and humorous props while supplementing the middle school arts, music, and social studies curriculum makes this performance truly “edutainment!”

April 2, 2015

Rhythm System

From Trinidad to Timbuktu

Using a colorful path that explores history, geography, and the various cultures of Africa, Europe, and the Americas, this production written and directed by Robert Malin showcases the amazing diversity of our hemisphere, country, and state.  Professional musicians, dancers, and vocalists from Crocodile River Music, a regional education and performance company, will explore the roots of our common history through various art forms to create a rich, multi-cultural experience in an engaging and relevant manner.