BANK OF AMERICA ARTS SHOWCASE
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 2012-2013 Bank of America Arts Showcase season will be available on September 4, 2012. Middle school teachers who are interested in bringing their students to a Showcase performance can email requests for registration materials to email@example.com.
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.)
MARCH 7, 2013
VERONICA ROBLES (NEW!)
The Splendor of Mexico – A Celebration of Mexican Music & Dance
Ms. Robles and her Mariachi band will take students through the rich history of Mexico from pre-Hispanic times to the arrival of the Spanish to the modern day world of hybrid cultures, performing Mexican dances from different regions and singing traditional music. Luxurious costumes and pre-Hispanic musical instruments add to the authenticity of the performance which fits well with the middle school curriculum.
April 25, 2013
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.
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.