Teacher and Student Resources

Parker Arts offers educators the chance to integrate and enrich their curriculum with live performing arts, student and teacher workshops, volunteer and paid opportunities, and professional development. Our mission is to provide these educational opportunities free to all Douglas County youth, while fostering their creativity and community engagement. We need your support! 

Teachers and students are eligible for the following Parker Arts programs:

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Student Matinees 

Parker Arts presents shows intended for school-aged audiences that include a post-show Q&A with the cast, study guides, and up to 10 complimentary chaperone tickets. Select shows offer $7-student-tickets for high school students required to attend a production as part of the curriculum.
View the current schedule and purchase tickets for student group matinees here.

Student & Teacher Rush Discounted Tickets 

Parker Arts recognizes the need for performing arts students to further their curriculum via live musical and theatrical performances that may assist in meeting course requirements, compliment lesson plans, or simply provide the opportunity to experience professional, yet local, performing arts.

Parker Arts offers a Student Rush ticket at  50% off regular ticket prices for both students and teachers for select Parker Arts productions. Students and teachers may purchase their ticket at the door with evidence of employee/student I.D. one hour or less before curtain. For a list of this season Student Rush offers please click here.

Student & Teacher Workshops 

Parker Arts can provide a variety of in-school workshops and off-site master classes for both student and teacher groups that include but are not limited to: visual arts, performing arts, science, robotics, dance, effective classroom tactics, as well a special residencies provided by national touring performers. View Teacher Resources and upcoming Teacher Workshops here. To inquire, please contact Parker Arts Education Manager Kirstin Fletcher at 303.805.3364 or  via email

Student Volunteers 

Your students need volunteer hours, and we need volunteers! That’s why it’s a perfect fit for those students who are interested in being around the arts. They can volunteer for as few or as many hours as they’d like. View more information on volunteering by visiting our Volunteer page. To get involved or receive more information about available opportunities, contact Sydney Mahnken via email or call 303.805.3370. 

Calling Student Musicians 

If you have a young pianist or small quartet of students who are looking to get some experience, we would love to meet them! We hire and pay musicians to play at our art gallery openings. For more information, contact Sydney Mahnken via email or call 303.805.3370. 

Mural Projects

Our Art in Public Places program encourages teams of art students to propose a mural project to be painted on one of Parker’s many underground passes. The cost of supplies is covered and the student team is paid a stipend for their work. For more information, contact Sydney Mahnken via email or call 303.805.3370.

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Musicals 

We put on Broadway-level performances right here in Parker, and your students could be a part of it. We produce several musicals and straight plays throughout the year and encourage your budding thespians to audition. Find more information on upcoming opportunities by visiting our Auditions page.

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SCFD Educators' Night 

Teachers are invited to the SCFD Educator's Night on Monday, September 25 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. More than eighty organizations will gather to bring you marvelous performances and activities. Educators can experience the rich opportunities SCFD organizations, such as Parker Arts, can offer you and your students. Reservations are required at www.dmns.org/scfdednight. Download the SCFD Educator's Night here.

2017-2018 SCC Directory

The Scientific & Cultural Collaborative (SCC) is a 501(c)(3) membership service organization comprised of cultural organizations funded by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. The SCC makes it easy for teachers to incorporate creative programming in their classroom. Click here for the 2017 - 2018 SCC Directory of Educational Activities for Teachers and Schools.

Explorable Places 

Teachers: Check out the new online SCC directory Explorable Places. Find field trip and in-school programming from metro-wide education organizations such as Parker Arts, the Denver Zoo, Clyfford Still Museum and many others!

Middle School and High School Student Events

Parker Arts presents unique skill-building and professional development opportunities for middle school and high school students. Events are dynamic, educational, and social.

Parker Arts Portfolio Day 

Friday, February 9, 2018
The goal of this program is to offer an enrichment opportunity for young artists aspiring to major in the arts. During this event, teacher-selected student artists will have their portfolios reviewed by university art professors, receive personalized constructive critiques on their work from both professionals and peers, and expand their knowledge through hands-on workshops. Their experience will culminate in a professionally curated art show in the PACE Center’s Art Gallery, featuring their own works of art.

For more information on this event, please contact Education Manager Kirstin Fletcher via email.

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Parker Arts Shakespeare Festival 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Parker Arts Shakespeare Festival is a theatrical competition for local middle schools and high schools. Students from participating schools will perform a scene or portion of a scene from a Shakespeare play or soliloquy of their choosing and be evaluated by a team of judges. The six highest scoring performances will perform on the PACE Center Main Stage at the Festival closing ceremonies and will receive the 2018 Bard’s Prize!

The Festival features interactive demonstrations and workshops, busker performances, a performance by the Denver Center for Performing Arts Shakespeare in the Parking Lot theater troupe, prizes including tickets to Denver-Metro theaters, $200 enrichment scholarship, and an in-class Shakespeare workshop.

More Information

To learn more about how you can be involved or how your students can participate, please contact the Parker Arts Education Manager Kirstin Fletcher at 303.805.3364 or via email. For current programming, visit www.ParkerArts.org/Schools.