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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 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 and teachers 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 [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 26, 2017: GARRY KRINSKY, 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!

JANUARY 4, 2018: 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 8, 2018: ANDY KELLY'S JAZZ AMBASSADORS, THE HISTORY OF JAZZ

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 29, 2018: PROVIDENCE BALLET THEATRE, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

This original production of the classic Grimm’s fairy tale transforms the traditional story into a journey to discover the nature of true beauty, loyalty, and companionship through creative exploration of movement and sound.  Students will experience creativity, imagination, and individuality in this performance, encouraging them to participate in conversation and their personal interpretation of the story.