John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center

Pre K-12 Programs

Schools & Educators

Expand your classroom. 

What can the arts teach students about the world? Explore the answers with Bardo Arts Center.

Learning Live

Image from, "Holidays Around the World" with Bright Star Touring Theatre

Learning Live! Performance Series

Learning Live! is a series of matinees that introduces Bardo Arts Center’s younger audiences to the performing arts.  Featuring high quality, curriculum-related performances by professional, nationally touring companies, Learning Live! brings literature, history, drama, and music to life on stage. 

Explore the 2017-2018 Learning Live Season by clicking here to download a PDF hand-out. 

To learn more or reserve seats for your school, click here to access our contact form.

Learning live is supported by the Walnut Cove Association and The Ascent Partnership, the formal collaboration between Western Carolina University, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital.  

Guided Tours & Art Workshops | Learn more and sign-up today 

WCU Fine Art Museum’s school tours are image-focused and inquiry-based experiences for K–12 students. Led by museum staff and educators, tours encourage students to look closely, share personal perspectives, and build connections to their own lives and learning. Art workshops give students an opportunity to get creative and work in our art studio alongside WCU’s Art Educators in training.

Self Guided Tours

Self-guided visits are for educators who wish to customize their museum experience by leading their own tours through the museum’s galleries. All self-guided visit groups must register with the museum in advance.​​​​

Museum tour 

Curriculum Resources

Bardo Arts Center education programs are linked to North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Standard Corse of Study.  In order to integrate your visit to the Bardo Arts Center seamlessly into the curriculum, teachers may receive pre and post visit curriculum materials to strengthen and deepen student’s experience.

Support Arts Education

Support for K–12 programs during the 2016–2017 school year is provided by the Bardo Arts Center Friends of the Arts and the Walnut Cove Members Association.  You can contribute to the Bardo Arts Center education initiatives by making your contribution to Bardo Arts Center today. 

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