Teacher and Student Resources

Parker Arts offers educators the chance to integrate and enrich their curriculum with live performing arts, student and teacher workshops, volunteer and paid opportunities, and professional development. Our mission is to provide these educational opportunities free to all Douglas County youth, while fostering their creativity and community engagement. We need your support! 

Teachers and students are eligible for the following Parker Arts programs:

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Student Matinees 

Parker Arts presents shows intended for school-aged audiences that include a post-show Q&A with the cast, study guides, and up to 10 complimentary chaperone tickets. Select shows offer $7-student-tickets for high school students required to attend a production as part of the curriculum.
View the current schedule and purchase tickets for student group matinees here.

Busing Scholarship for Schools

General Information
Financial busing assistance is available for qualified schools. Busing scholarships are granted based upon annual funding availability. Scholarships may only provide busing financial assistance, as student matinee ticket prices are set at reduced prices for schools. Local businesses, community groups, and individuals contribute annually to the scholarship fund, it is not supported by tax dollars and varies each year.  

Application Process
• Submit complete Busing Scholarship Application 30 days in advance of field trip to PACE Center
• Include a letter from your principal stating school’s qualifications
• Include funding amount requested
• Scholarship payments may go directly to the busing company or the schools via a submitted busing invoice and order number

• Title 1 Schools
• Over 50% of student population on a Reduced or Free Meal Plan

Student & Teacher Rush Discounted Tickets 

Parker Arts recognizes the need for performing arts students to further their curriculum via live musical and theatrical performances that may assist in meeting course requirements, compliment lesson plans, or simply provide the opportunity to experience professional, yet local, performing arts.

Parker Arts offers a Student Rush ticket at  50% off regular ticket prices for both students and teachers for select Parker Arts productions. Students and teachers may purchase their ticket at the door with evidence of employee/student I.D. one hour or less before curtain. For a list of this season Student Rush offers please click here.

Student & Teacher Workshops 

Parker Arts can provide a variety of in-school workshops and off-site master classes for both student and teacher groups that include but are not limited to: visual arts, performing arts, science, robotics, dance, effective classroom tactics, as well a special residencies provided by national touring performers. View Teacher Resources and upcoming Teacher Workshops here. To inquire, please contact Parker Arts Education Manager Kirstin Fletcher at 303.805.3364 or  via email. Please see information regarding the SCC below for grant funded workshops.

Student Volunteers 

Your students need volunteer hours, and we need volunteers! That’s why it’s a perfect fit for those students who are interested in being around the arts. They can volunteer for as few or as many hours as they’d like. View more information on volunteering by visiting our Volunteer page. To get involved or receive more information about available opportunities, contact Sydney Mahnken via email or call 303.805.3370. 

Calling Student Musicians 

If you have a young pianist or small quartet of students who are looking to get some experience, we would love to meet them! We hire and pay musicians to play at our art gallery openings. For more information, contact Sydney Mahnken via email or call 303.805.3370. 

Mural Projects

Our Art in Public Places program encourages teams of art students to propose a mural project to be painted on one of Parker’s many underground passes. The cost of supplies is covered and the student team is paid a stipend for their work. For more information, contact Sydney Mahnken via email or call 303.805.3370.


Scientific and Cultural Collaborative

Explorable Places

The Scientific & Cultural Collaborative (SCC) is a 501(c)(3) membership service organization comprised of cultural organizations funded by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. The SCC makes it easy for teachers to incorporate creative programming in their classroom. Teachers should check out the new online SCC directory Explorable Places where they can find field trip and in-school programming from metro-wide education organizations such as Parker Arts, the Denver Zoo, Clyfford Still Museum and many others!

SCC Alliance Project Grant for grades 5-8

A multi-year grant, worth up to $22,000 in workshops, fieldtrips, in-school exhibits, virtual learning and assemblies, including professional development for teachers. The Alliance Grant  funding and programming is provided by 27 arts, science and cultural organizations funded by the SCFD.
Deadline April 17, 2020. Please visit SCC to see details for the Alliance Grant Project Application.

The Scientific & Cultural Collaborative (SCC) is a 501(c)(3) membership service 

Middle School and High School Student Events

Parker Arts presents unique skill-building and professional development opportunities for middle school and high school students. These events such as Portfolio Day, Shakespeare Festival, and Technical Theater Bootcamp are dynamic, educational, and social.

Parker Arts Portfolio Day 

The goal of this program is to offer an enrichment opportunity for young artists aspiring to major in the arts. During this event, teacher-selected student artists will have their portfolios reviewed by university art professors, receive personalized constructive critiques on their work from both professionals and peers, and expand their knowledge through hands-on workshops. Their experience will culminate in a professionally curated art show in the PACE Center’s Art Gallery, featuring their own works of art.

For more information on this event, please contact Education Manager Kirstin Fletcher via email.


Parker Arts Shakespeare Festival 

Parker Arts Shakespeare Festival is a theatrical competition for local middle schools and high schools. Students from participating schools will perform a scene or portion of a scene from a Shakespeare play or soliloquy of their choosing and be evaluated by a team of judges. The six highest scoring performances will perform on the PACE Center Main Stage at the Festival closing ceremonies and will receive the 2018 Bard’s Prize!

The Festival features interactive demonstrations and workshops, busker performances, a performance by the Denver Center for Performing Arts Shakespeare in the Parking Lot theater troupe, prizes including tickets to Denver-Metro theaters, $200 enrichment scholarship, and an in-class Shakespeare workshop.

More Information

To learn more about how you can be involved or how your students can participate, please contact the Parker Arts Education Manager Kirstin Fletcher at 303.805.3364 or via email. For current programming, visit www.ParkerArts.org/Schools.