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 packages will be available September 8, 2015.  Middle school teachers who are interested in bringing their students to a Showcase performance can email requests for registration materials to [email protected]

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 29, 2015

Atwater – Donnelly Band

Traditional American Folk Music & Dance

This award-winning duo performs with band members to present traditional American folk music highlighting the cultural mix that is the basis of our American heritage. Introducing students to a wide array of instruments, dynamic music, and captivating dance, Atwater-Donnelly brings the American culture and history to life with ease and humor with their student audiences.


January 7, 2016

Kaleidoscope Theatre

B.U.L.L.Y. – Level 2

(Better Understanding by Listening and Learning about You)

This production focuses attention on the dangers of aggressive behavior that many children face every day in both public and private school systems and offers viable solutions and options on how to handle these situations effectively.  Performed by young actors 12 to 18 years of age, this performance is geared specifically toward middle school students. 


February 4, 2016

Festival Ballet

Hansel and Gretel

This professional and highly acclaimed dance company will present their world premiere production of Grimm’s beloved story of companionship and cunning through contemporary ballet, creative costuming, and beautiful music.  Students will also participate in a demonstration regarding the language and terminology of ballet, theatrical expression, and the discipline and strength required for ballet dance movements.


March 7, 2016

Garry Krinsky (New!)

Toying with Science

Ideally suited for the 5th, 6th, and 7th grade curriculums, this fast-paced and varied program combines circus skills, mime, and audience involvement in the exploration of the scientific principles of gravity, leverage, fulcrums, and simple machines.  First commissioned by Boston’s Museum of Science, “Toying with Science” investigates basic scientific concepts and demonstrates that by mastering those concepts, one can produce terrific results!