School Partnership Program

Tilles Center’s School Partnership Program is a unique collaboration between artists and educators which uses the arts to foster critical thinking, literacy skills, creativity and problem solving.

The program involves teachers and students in participatory experiences which spark the creative process. Through active engagement in activities that are carefully co-planned with educators, students learn how to collaborate, analyze and interpret existing curriculum through arts-learning.

The program includes in-school workshops in music, dance, and drama for students in Pre-K through Grade 12. Workshops are created to support and integrate within the existing curriculum. All projects culminate in a visit to Tilles Center for a professional performance.

The Partnership Process:

Teachers as Partners
Any teacher, in any subject area, from Pre-K through high school, may participate. No special background or talent is needed. All aspects of the program involve a deep partnership between teachers, administrators, teaching artists and students.

Planning and Professional Development
Each project includes a professional development and planning session, allowing teachers to experience arts-learning directly and become an integral part of planning a full curriculum unit.

Each school’s team of teachers chooses the projects they will focus on for the coming year, selecting from a variety of high-caliber, world-class performances at Tilles Center. A full listing of upcoming performances is available in late spring of the preceding season.

Teaching Artist Visits
For each project, a Tilles teaching artist works with the team teachers to plan and implement activities, develop curriculum connections and lead students in creative experiences related to the performance they will see. Partner teachers also receive a study guide that contains background information, activities and suggested resources.

For More Information, Contact:
Stephanie Turner, Director of Education and Outreach, 516.299.2388,

Download the School Partnership Program brochure