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In January 2007, the Palm Beach County Cultural Council honored the Kravis Center with the inaugural Muse Award for Arts Education in recognition of the comprehensive arts education programs that are so vital to the Kravis Center’s mission of enhancing the quality of life in Palm Beach County.
The award is recognition for the artistic excellence of a variety of programs the Kravis Center offers, ranging from educational performances that school children can attend with their classmates, to performance opportunities that put them center stage and in the spotlight.
The Center has remained steadfast in its commitment to arts education during the last 18 years as evidenced by the more than 1.1 million children who have attended a S*T*A*R (Students and Teachers Arts Resource) Series performance, made possible in part by The Picower Foundation. The flagship of the Kravis Center’s educational programs, the S*T*A*R Series serves tens of thousands of school children annually, introducing young minds to the wonder of the performing arts, many of them for the very first time.
The Kravis Center has received national recognition for its education programs, which have become a model for other performing arts centers around the country. In 2005, the Kravis Center, together with the School District of Palm Beach County, was selected to attend the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Institute at the Kennedy Center. The Institute recognized the Center’s potential to expand professional development programs it already offered to local teachers and made many new resources available to make that expansion possible.
In addition to hosting students at the Center each year, the Kravis Center also brings productions into schools or other off-site venues through a program called Kravis-on-the-Road. The Kravis Center also has a long history of providing Master Classes for students led by visiting performance artists of various disciplines who provide one-on-one interaction with students.
At other times, the interaction is between students and an audience as the Kravis Center provides performance opportunities for young talent. Beyond the Stage performances, Spotlight on Young Musicians and the highly successful Freeform Etc., presented by the Student Arts Enrichment Task Force, are all programs that place an emphasis on student performance.
The Kravis Center also conducts a summer ArtsCamp that provides practical, hands-on experience in putting together a theatrical production. And for high school students, our ArtScholars program is an innovative concept that affords students with economic need an opportunity to learn more about a particular performing arts genre by enjoying dinner discussions with mentors before attending performances and meeting one-on-one with distinguished professional artists who perform on the Kravis Center’s stages.
The Kravis Center believes in removing any barriers for students looking for ways to expand their knowledge and appreciation of the arts. To that end, the Student and Educator Rush Ticket Programs provide half-price tickets for any seat in the house to students and educators when they present their valid student or teacher IDs at the box office one hour prior to curtain time for any Kravis-initiated performance. The programs are based on availability of tickets.
Recognizing that education is a lifelong pursuit, the Kravis Center offers many programs for adults, too. ArtSmart is a series of arts education courses tailored primarily for adults 18 and over that includes everything from writers’ workshops, dance lessons, literature studies, music appreciation courses and lectures.
In the same way that it reaches out to students, the Kravis Center extends a welcoming hand to the community that has given so much enthusiastic support over the years. The Center’s Gospel Gala is an example of our commitment to reaching out to the entire community, while our very successful Community Ticketing Program, provides subsidized tickets and transportation to Kravis Center presentations each year for thousands of people who are economically disadvantaged, ill or otherwise in need.
Without the wonderful support of our forward-thinking donors and sponsors, these programs could not exist and we thank them for their generosity. For more information on any or all of our Education and Outreach programs, please call the Kravis Center Education and Outreach Department at 561-651-4251. If you would like to support these programs financially, please call our Development Department at 561-651-4320 for information on how to become a donor.
The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and the School District of Palm Beach County are members of the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Selected because of their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, the partnership team participates in collaborative efforts to make the arts integral to education.