Through its educational initiatives the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is dedicated to deepening student learning, enhancing teacher training through professional development workshops, and using its resources to expand public awareness and access to the arts through community programs that bring the joy and magic of the performing arts to patrons of all ages.
The Van Wezel teaches in, through, and about the arts! We accomplish this through the following educational objectives:
TRANSFORM the classroom through Schooltime Performances by presenting the best nationally and internationally renowned artists. We extend the classroom to the stage through these performances and create learning opportunities across all disciplines. All performances are carefully selected to correspond with the National Education Standards and The Next Generation Sunshine State Standards with educator materials and student study guides provided free of charge. Through the generous support of our sponsors, tickets are an affordable $7 for students, teachers and chaperones alike. Bus reimbursement for public schools unable to afford the cost of transportation is provided through the Van Wezel Foundation!
FOSTER the most important influence in the classroom, our teachers, by providing professional workshops for them to teach in, through, and about the arts. The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, in collaboration with the School Board of Sarasota County, is now in its 16th year as a member of the prestigious Partners in Education Program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
ENGAGE in up-close artist discussions with pre and post mainstage performance ‘Curtain Calls’ and learn from the artists through master classes, internships, in-classroom artist workshops, and a multitude of other dynamic community engagement programs.
DELIGHT children of all ages and bring your family to our Boar's Head Family Series which includes Family Nights and other mainstage performances.
ADVOCATE for the arts in our community through our partnerships with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Any Given Child initiative, the Sarasota County School Board, the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, the Arts Council of Manatee County, Community and Schools Partnership for the Arts (C/SPA), the Education Channels of Sarasota and Manatee County, Florida Alliance for Arts Education, and countless artists, individuals and organizations who, together through partnerships, make our community more extraordinary and more connected!