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Bank of America Arts Showcase at Providence Performing Arts Center. Igniting Students' Imaginations.

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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 students attend live performances of dance, music, or theatre at PPAC during school hours. The need and desire on the part of the community for this vitally important program is clearly demonstrated by its success.

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.

PPAC is pleased to announce that the Arts Showcase program has been expanded to include performances suitable for elementary as well as middle schools across the state. Students and teachers in Rhode Island public, private, parochial, and home schools 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 school children and teachers only. Teachers who are interested in bringing their students to an Arts Showcase performance can email requests for registration materials to [email protected].

 All performances will begin at 9:40 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.)

New! PPAC is pleased to announce that busing expenses to and from Arts Showcase performances will be reimbursed to schools in attendance during the 2019/2020 Series!




The 2019/2020 Bank of America Arts Showcase Performance Schedule



October 17, 2019
Kaleidoscope Theatre - B.U.L.L.Y. – Level 1
(Better Understanding by Listening and Learning about You)

Performed by young actors 12 years of age and up, 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. This performance is geared specifically toward elementary school students


January 30, 2020

NEW! Rhode Island Black Storytellers – A Celebration of Black Storytelling

African and Afro-Latino drummers and storytellers will share tales from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas with visual imagery to enhance and support the stories.  This program of stories and music celebrating the oral art and traditions of Black people of African descent will have relevance for middle school curriculums.



February 27, 2020

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.  Produced for an elementary and middle school audience, 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 12, 2020

NEW! Shakespeare to Hiphop – The Shakespeare Time-Traveling Speakeasy

An excellent introduction to the life and works of William Shakespeare, this literary concert will include multi-media presentations, a live band, and period costumes.  Middle school students will be engaged and inspired by original songs in a variety of American music styles providing information about Shakespeare’s life and his influence on our culture.


April 9, 2020

NEW! Salt Marsh Opera –  Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella)

Specifically produced for elementary school students in grades 3 to 6, this abridged version of Rossini’s opera will be a fully-staged, fully-costumed production with props, theatrical lighting, and supertitles in English. Pre-performance in-school workshops with a Salt Marsh Opera singer will be scheduled for students registered to attend to help them to connect to the operatic performance.