Learning for K-12 Educators & Families

Best of Appalachian Dance Ensemble
Arts education and outreach programming at Appalachian is committed to connecting university arts resources to a diverse audience of community arts patrons, teachers and learners in the campus community, and in the public, private and home school network across our region. Every season, affordable music, dance, film, and theatre events are offered to students and their teachers from K-12 classrooms across the region.

APPlause! K-12 Performing Arts Series

The Mixed-Up Chameleon
An APPlause! Series audience participates in a post-show question-and-answer session with the Puppeteers from The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia following a performance of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.
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APPlause! Series audience enjoys a performance of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” produced by Appalachian State University students in the Department of Theatre and Dance and presented in the Valborg Theatre.
Every season, affordable music, dance, film, and theatre events are offered to students and their teachers from K-12 classrooms across the region. Students experience everything from high-energy acrobatics and Appalachian music to international dance and literary classics brought to life through theatrical productions. In recent seasons, more than 8,000 students across our region have attended APPlause! Series events. This academic year, the APPlause! Series has been completely virtual and completely free, offering compelling programming to connect to K-12 classrooms, thanks in large part to generous donors who believe in supplying educators with arts programming that will spark creativity and inspire a love of learning. We are on track to have over 16,000 viewers during the all-virtual 2020-21 season!

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Educators Workshop Series

The Educator Workshop Series inspires and rekindles the love of learning with and through the arts for educators. Every effort is made to provide high-quality professional development experiences for educators, enliven a passion for learning and spark an element of excitement and fun for all educators.
Musician Billy Jonas teaches a virtual workshop, “Music from Anything,” for educators. The musical instrument “The Boom Bop,” created by Kelly Snider of Two Rivers Community School, is featured here alongside the Zoom screen.
Elementary school teachers gather at the Turchin Center to learn from veteran kindergarten and art teachers on collaborating to teach literary skills through art.


“It was so fun to be in a room full of delighted children!” Stephanie, parent

“Great performance. Very affordable and great opportunity for our kindergarten students to see a wonderful show and have exposure to a college campus.” —Michelle Holder, Gamewell Elementary Teacher

“Very engaging for the students! The event held their interest while teaching them something that they could bring back to the classroom and use.” —Erin Flynn, Green Valley Teacher

“Excellent!” —Brenda Reese, Freedom Trail Elementary Principal