Responding to the Needs of the Community

In these times of increased concern and caution, we rely more than ever on the important role the arts play in our lives:  they nourish and calm our hearts and minds, inspire hope, and help us create community. — William Biddle, Executive Director, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts



Arts Smart Video Series

Arts Smart – Learning at Home with Tilles Center

  • Mini lessons and activities for children, parents and educators
  • Original content shared with partner school districts for teachers to use to supplement instruction and via social media platforms, email to subscribers and Tilles Center YouTube Channel

Find the full Arts Smart Series HERE

Virtual School Partnerships

Virtual School Partnerships:  Shows and Interactive Workshops

  • Presentations of select School-Time Matinee Performances, shared with our partner school districts for teachers to use in their virtual classrooms
  • Video lesson and curriculum guides for the featured performances are provided


Tilles Center Virtual Stage Spotlight

Virtual Stage Spotlights

  • Due to many concerts and musicals being cancelled this spring, Tilles Center offered the chance to be featured in a spotlight on the Tilles Center Virtual Stage (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram,  Twitter) and via email to subscribers
  •  Our Spotlight includes students ranging from grades 3-12 and a broad range of performances — music, dance, musical theater and more!
  •  All videos are 5 minutes or less and are are featured from May 5 – June 11, 2020 and live on Tilles Center YouTube channel

Find Tilles Center Virtual Stage Spotlights HERE

Programming for Senior Citizens

Lifelong Arts Smart- Programming for Senior Citizens

  • As a continuation of our Dance for Parkinson’s classes, we are bringing a series of virtual workshops to our robust community of seniors who look to Tilles Center for access to classes, lectures and shows throughout the year
  • Virtual classes include:  dance, storytelling workshops and more as part of our ongoing relationship with local senior residences and day programs
  • Original content will be shared via Tilles Center social media platforms, email to subscribers and our YouTube channel

Find Lifelong Arts Smart videos HERE

Community Feedback

Our efforts have been validated not only by the number of participants in these programs, but also by the feedback we’ve been receiving.

“I am a physical therapist and work for a preschool. I have come across Tilles Center’s youtube channel and just wanted to reach out and thank you. I’ve scoured through many different youtube channels to find videos to help the preschoolers with their new environment and still work on their PT skills. The children who I work with have a variety of physical and other concerns including autism for which they need additional support. Your videos are perfect. Stephanie’s mannerisms and speech pattern and cadence provide an open environment that is not overwhelming with wonderful ideas for those of us to share with the parents at home. I wanted to let you know how appreciative we are and we look forward to your next installment.” – physical therapist and pre-school teacher in Westbury

“Looking forward to seeing our MYO musicians shine on your virtual stage!”- Anthea Jackson, Executive Director, The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York

“This is exciting. THANK YOU so much for offering this opportunity to the Long Island high school artists! “ – local mom, Gila Shwenk