John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center

Pre K-12 Programs

Schools & Educators

Learning Live

Expand curriculum beyond your classroom and enhance education with Learning Live from the WCU Bardo Arts Center. 

Learn more about our 2018-2019 educational performance series below! More details on upcoming WCU Fine Art Museum tours and workshops coming soon. 

Click here to download our 2018-2019 Season Preview Flyer. 

Learning Live 2018-2019 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. Each performance is only $3 per student and free for teachers and chaperones. 

October 5, 2018 | 9AM or 11AM 
Bullysaurus Rex 

October 18, 2018 | 10:30AM
Free North Carolina Symphony Educational Performance

December 14, 2018 | 9AM or 11AM
World Songs of the Season

February 1, 2019  | 9AM or 11AM
Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart 

March 8, 2018 | 9AM or 11AM
Aesop’s Fables

Learn more about each production by clicking on the dates below. 
To reserve seats for your school, click here to access our contact form

OCTOBER 5, 2018 | 9AM AND 11AM

Bullysaurus Rex | PreK-5th 

Anti-Bullying and Character Education
Our dino-themed anti-bullying adventure, perfect for younger audiences. These dinosaurs learn to recognize, report and stand up to bullying while learning to be a great friend. 

This performance is from Bright Star Touring Theatre. Available curriculum resources below: 
STUDY GUIDE  CURRICULUM STANDARDS

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

OCTOBER 18, 2018 | 10:30AM | SPECIAL FREE PERFORMANCE

North Carolina Symphony Performance | All Ages

The NC Symphony presents a special free concert opportunity at Bardo Arts Center. 

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

december 14, 2018 | 9am and 11am

World Songs of the Season Prek-5th 

Multi-Cultural Holiday Exploration

Take a trip around the world through this musical adventure and hear popular songs of the winter and holiday season from all over the globe. Great for audiences to listen and enjoy, as well as sing along!

This performance is from Bright Star Touring Theatre.

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

FEBRUARY 1, 2019 | 9AM and 11am

Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart | 3rd-8th

A Game Apart provides a glimpse of Jackie Robinson's life during a bygone era of separate and unequal locker rooms, of whites only hotels, and of restaurants with only a back door for colored athletes to enter. Witness the hopeless humiliation of a star player who was showered with adulation on the field and became a second-hand citizen when he walked off the diamond. Meet Jackie's compatriots fighting the same battles between the end zones, inside the ring and around the track. A Game Apart is a powerful lesson of courage through dedication, perseverance, and leadership.

This performance is from Mike Wiley Productions. Available curriculum resources below:
DISCUSSION GUIDE

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

MARCH 8, 2018 | 9AM AND or 11AM

Aesop's Fables | Prek-5th

Literature and Literacy

Perfect for younger audiences, these classic tales entertain but also share a strong message about treating others fairly and knowing right from wrong. Share stories like "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" "The Tortoise and The Hare," and "The Lion and The Mouse."

This performance is from Bright Star Touring Theatre. Available curriculum resources below:
STUDY GUIDE CURRICULUM STANDARDS

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

Museum tour 

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.

Curriculum Resources

Bardo Arts Center education programs are linked to North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Standard Course 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

Thanks to our generous supporters

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.   

K-12 tours of the Museum and hands-on art activities are supported through a partnership with the School of Art & Design Art Education Club and a Grassroots Grant from the Jackson County Arts Council through the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.  

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