Ivy Bean performance at the PACE Center Mainstage theater in Parker, CO. Ivy Bean performance at the PACE Center Mainstage theater in Parker, CO.

Now planning programs for 2021/22. How can we help enrich your curriculum?

Call for Entry: Portfolio Day and Bright Futures Student Art Exhibit 2022

Middle & High School Student Events

Parker Arts presents unique skill-building and professional development opportunities for middle school and high school students. These events – like Portfolio Day, Shakespeare Festival and Technical Theater Bootcamp –  are dynamic, educational and enriching.


Parker Arts Portfolio Day

An enrichment opportunity for young artists aspiring to major in the arts. 2021 Portfolio Day will take place virtually on Friday, April 9 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. During this virtual event, teacher-selected student artists will have their portfolios reviewed by university art professors and art professional to receive personalized constructive critiques on their work. Their experience will culminate in an art show in the PACE Center’s Art Gallery titled Bright Futures Exhibit. Scholarships and monetary awards and offered.

Parker Arts Portfolio Day


An enrichment opportunity for young artists aspiring to major in the arts. 2021 Portfolio Day will take place virtually on Friday, April 9 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. During this virtual event, teacher-selected student artists will have their portfolios reviewed by university art professors and art professional to receive personalized constructive critiques on their work. Their experience will culminate in an art show in the PACE Center’s Art Gallery titled Bright Futures Exhibit. Scholarships and monetary awards and offered.
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Parker Arts Shakespeare Festival

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 receive the Bard’s Prize!

Parker Arts Shakespeare Festival


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 receive the Bard’s Prize!

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Explorable Places

Find field trip and in-school programming from metro-wide education organizations like Parker Arts, the Denver Zoo, Clyfford Still Museum and many others!

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SCC Alliance Project

For grades 5-8. A multi-year grant, worth up to $22K in workshops, field trips, in-school exhibits, virtual learning and assemblies and professional teacher development. Provided by 27 organizations funded by the SCFD.

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Student Volunteers

Your students need volunteer hours, and we need volunteers! A perfect fit for those students who are interested in being around the arts.

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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.

Parker Mural Projects

Art in Public Places encourages art student teams to propose a mural project for one of Parker’s many underground passes. Supply costs and team stipend provided.

For more information, contact Sydney Mahnken via email or call 303.805.3370.

Education and the Arts


It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

Albert Einstein

There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books.

Charlie Chaplin

There is no depth to education without art.

Amira Baraka

To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes his country.

George Washington

The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.

William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education

The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.

Barack Obama

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