Aspirus Arts In Education Series

The Arts In Education Series Goes Virtual!

Thanks to the support of Aspirus, The Grand, and The Grand's Wolff Education Fund, five virtual performances will be available to educators and students free of charge to use in classrooms, at home, or wherever you're learning this year!

As a nonprofit arts leader, the Performing Arts Foundation is committed to providing students with access to professional artists by offering high-quality matinee performances. The arts have many benefits, helping students to become better equipped in the classroom and more prepared for life.


Aspirus Arts in Education Series

From the Mixed-Up Files of
Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Available November 2, 2020 - May 28, 2021
Suggested for Grades 2 - 6
Virtual Performance

It is 1967 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York City. Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is a collector of fine art, facts, figures, and secrets. She narrates the action of ArtsPower’s musical play through a letter she is writing to her lawyer, whom she calls Saxonberg.

After she learns about the adventures of Claudia and Jamie Kincaid, two children who have run away from home to live at The Met for a few days, Mrs. Frankweiler needs her lawyer to change her last will and testament. Among her many files, she will now include the story of how Claudia and Jamie run away, hide out and sleep over at The Met, investigate whether a statue called Angel was carved by Michelangelo, and, in the end, become a terrific sister and brother team.


Bill Blagg: Making Magic with the Scientific Method

Available January 11 - April 9, 2021
Suggested for Grades 2 - 5
Virtual Performance

Illusionist Bill Blagg’s brand-new Magic Science Lab will have students on the edge of their the classroom or at they discover how science creates magic right before their very eyes! During this digital “Arts Engagement” students join Bill inside the Magic Science Lab where they will explore how magicians use the “secret” five step process (The Scientific Method) to create their illusions! Together with Bill, they will use the “secret” five steps to make a person magically float in mid-air! As a bonus, Bill teaches a science-based magic trick that students can do at home or in class - how to make a pencil float in the palm of their hand!


Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Available January 11 - June 4, 2021
Suggested for Grades 3 - 8
Virtual Performance

This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. As Harriet and her friend Sarah Bradford narrate her adventurous life, we share in the joys, sorrows, and challenges faced by this brave women who changed the world through her courage. Accurate and deeply moving, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad is at turns inspiring, heart-warming, and comical, full of the good humor, determination and the charity of its subject. Your students will find a new appreciation for Harriet Tubman and a deeper understanding of her times.


Pete the Cat

Available March 15 - 19, 2021
Suggested for Grades Pre-K - 3
Virtual Performance

For Pete the Cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up. So the minute the groovy blue cat meets The Biddles, he gets the whole family rocking. That is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet Earth.

But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect pal to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus!


Doktor Kaboom: It's Just Rocket Science

Available March 8 - June 4, 2021
Best for Grades 3 - 8
Virtual Performance

Referred to as “part Mr. Wizard and part Mr. Rogers,” Doktor Kaboom uses the excitement of rocketry to present Newton’s Laws of Motion. Each of Newton’s 3 laws are clearly explained, comically explored in multiple over-the-top demonstrations, and followed by a DIY project that students can do as a class,

in groups, or individually. 3 Laws, 3 lessons, 3 projects! Doktor Kaboom intersperses the lessons with discussions on safety and personal empowerment to bring home the point that “science is for everyone, not just the person who wins the science fair every year.”


Resources for Educators

In addition to providing study guides for each Arts In Education Series show, The Grand offers In-School Workshops to prepare students for each performance. Click below to learn more about these opportunities to enhance students' theatre-going experiences.


These performances are available to schools thanks to the support of Aspirus, The Grand, The Grand's Wolff Education Fund, and the Arts Midwest Touring Fund Grant.


The Wolff
Education Fund

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