Partners in Education Anchorage School District The Kennedy Center Partners in Education

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For more information on the current season or the 2015-2016 season, please contact Julie Millington, Vice President, at 263-2920 or

Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
621 West 6th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

Administrative Offices


Phone: 907-263-2900
Fax: 907-263-2927

Summer Office Hours (through September 4th)

Monday - Friday: 8am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
(closed from 12pm-1pm for lunch)
Saturday - Sunday: closed

AurorA Hours

Daily from May 24th through September 1st including holidays, shows begin hourly from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on the hour. Come see AurorA: Alaska's Great Northern Lights.

About the Center

  • Overview
  • Workshops

In 1991, the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts and the Anchorage School District were chosen to participate in the first Partners in Education Institute at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Since then, Anchorage-area teachers from all grade levels have been attending performances, lectures and participatory workshops as part of our Partners In Education Program.

Many of the artists teach in the program through collaborative relationships with the Anchorage Museum, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska Native Arts Foundation, resident company bookings, and the Kennedy Center Presenter's Network. These artists create a series of 5 to 6 in-depth, multi-sectioned workshops for which teachers receive continuing education credit from the University of Alaska Anchorage. (Teachers in ASD’s Gifted and Talented Program may also use these workshops for credit in their specialized field.)

Participatory workshops provide teachers with hands-on experience in two ways: by exploring the concepts and processes of a particular art form; and/or examining the interrelationship between an art form and other curriculum areas. Workshops that explore an art form provide teachers with classroom tools to encourage students in creative expression through activities such as movement and role-playing. Teachers learn to assess their works and that of their fellow teachers. Workshops that examine the relationship between an art form and other curriculum areas bridge the connection between the art form and specific curriculum areas such as science, history, math and language arts.

Performance Lectures are 30-minute introductions given to teachers prior to some performances. Lectures are presented by an expert on the art form and often times the composers and choreographers make guest appearances and make brief statements about the motivational aspects leading to the creation. The art form is described and history is provided.

Course study is designed by the partnership team consisting of Julie Millington, Vice President of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, and Susan Joling, Liaison from the Highly Gifted Program of the Anchorage School District. The team participates in annual meetings at the Kennedy Center which provides models and planning strategies to expand professional development in the Arts.

A participating teacher Marina Gantz shares…

This PIE workshop was yet another inspiring experience. It gave me new ideas about how to nurture creativity in students and provided practical tools to help students with their artistic expression. I discovered simple and fun activities that develop healthy habits for mind and body and stimulate students' smartness and success. I am going to share this wealth with other teachers in many schools.

Registration for the 2014-15 Partners in Education program is available at LEARNING PLAN.COM (Search Lighting Up Your Curriculum). Exciting plans are underway for this year's program which will include collaborations with the Anchorage School District, Perseverance Theatre, local artists and performers from the Anchorage Concert Association's prestigious roster.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts works with local school districts to expand professional development programs in the arts for teachers. Sign up for this unique course and learn how to incorporate the arts into your content area. Be inspired by local and visiting artists to engage and motivate your students.

View our Printable Workshop Schedule Here

Workshops With Professional Artists

  • Course Registration
    Please bring cash or check to ACPA for &75, AND check or credit card to UAA for $99,
    September 15 2014 - 4:30 pm - Lobby across from City Hall, ACPA

  • Visual Arts Workshop
    with Beth Taylor and D. Katharine Adams,
    September 15 2014 - 4:45-7:45 pm - Voth Hall, ACPA

  • Cultural Perspectives: Northern Lights,
    with Jack Dalton, ASCA teaching artist

    October 6, 2014 - 4:45-7:45pm - Voth Hall, ACPA

  • Multimedia Workshop
    with Dr. Jose Francisco Salgado, KV265 founder,

    November 11, 2014 - 4:45-7:45pm - Voth Hall, ACPA

  • Arts Integration Workshop
    with Elizabeth Hunt, ASD & national presenter,

    January 12, 2015 - 4:45 - 7:45pm - Voth Hall, ACPA

  • Movement Workshop
    with dance company BodyVox, Portland, Oregon (Courtesy of Anchorage Concert Association),

    March 24, 2015 - 4:45 - 7:45pm - Voth Hall, ACPA

  • Reflection and Wrap-Up
    All local artists and teachers, Anchorage,

    April 13, 2015 - 4:45 - 7:45pm - Voth Hall, ACPA