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The Arts Educator Network serves educators within any arts discipline from Charlotte area schools and colleges, via digital and in-person professional development sessions. This collective of teachers and professors also have the opportunity to take advantage of networking at social events that may include pre-show workshops and discounted show tickets.

 

  • Membership is free.
  • Members must be active arts teachers or professors from Charlotte or the surrounding area schools or colleges.
  • Members will receive event details and registration via email; events will have a designated capacity and registration will be limited to members only on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • BPA Education manages membership and may terminate members that do not meet eligibility or criteria. Membership may also be revoked for holding event registration spots and not attending.

Click here to sign up!

Network Events and Offers

 

To Kill A Mockingbird

Show Venue: Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St, Charlotte, NC, 28202

 

Event Venue: Foundation For the Carolinas, 220 N Tryon, Charlotte, NC 28202

 

Event Details: Wednesday, July 27th from 5:30-7:00pm (Show begins at 7:30pm)

 

Native Charlotteans Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick and De Kirkpatrick discuss their ongoing journey together after discovering that their family histories were interwoven through the institution of slavery. Although they were both classmates at Myers Park High School in the mid-1960s, it was not until almost fifty years later that a newspaper article recounting the injustice Jimmie Lee had faced as a thwarted contender for the Shrine Bowl brought the two classmates into contact with each other. As their friendship grew the Kirkpatricks stumbled on their shared history as the descendants of slave owner and slave, which launched their public dialogue to explore the implications and legacy of slavery both in their personal lives and in Mecklenburg County.

Mean Girls

Show Venue: Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St, Charlotte, NC, 28202

 

Event Venue: Foundation For the Carolinas, 220 N Tryon, Charlotte, NC 28202

 

Event Details: Wednesday, September 7th from 5:30-7:00pm (Show begins at 7:30pm)

 

More information coming soon….!

Anastasia

Show Venue: Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28205

 

Event Venue: Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28205

 

Event Details: Friday, October 14th from 6:00-7:30pm (Show begins at 8:00pm)

 

More information coming soon….!

Dear Evan Hansen

Show Venue: Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St, Charlotte, NC, 28202

 

Event Venue: Foundation for the Carolinas, 220 N Tryon, Charlotte, NC 28202

 

Event Details: Thursday, October 27th from 5:30-7:00pm (Show begins at 7:30pm)

 

We will be partnering with Mental Health America for this event. More information coming soon!

 

The Dear Evan Hansen Study Guide can be found here.

Hadestown

Show Venue: Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St, Charlotte, NC, 28202

 

Event Venue: Foundation For the Carolinas, 220 N Tryon, Charlotte, NC 28202

 

Event Details: Wednesday, November 9th from 5:30-7:00pm (Show begins at 7:30pm)

 

More information coming soon….!

Jagged Little Pill

Show Venue: Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St, Charlotte, NC, 28202

 

Event Venue: Foundation for the Carolinas, 220 N Tryon, Charlotte, NC 28202

 

Event Details: Wednesday, November 30th from 5:30-7:00pm (Show begins at 7:30pm)

 

More information coming soon!

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

Show Venue: Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St, Charlotte, NC, 28202

 

Event Venue: Foundation for the Carolinas, 220 N Tryon, Charlotte, NC 28202

 

Event Details: Wednesday, December 28th from 5:30-7:00pm (Show begins at 7:30pm)

 

More information coming soon!

Past Events

Take a look at our past highlights.

Frozen

Join us as we celebrate our arts educators, to quote Olaf, "In Summerrrrrrrrrrr!" This presentation will focus on self-care during summer break for teachers and how to purposefully put mental health at top of mind to prepare for the 22-23 school year. Our evening's keynote speaker will be a Leah Marone. She is a speaker, trainer, and clinician who uses a person-centered, holistic approach in her therapy. Much of her work focuses specifically on educators, so we cannot wait to have her be a part of this AEN event.

Fiddler on the Roof

Dr. Marvin McAllister, an associate professor of theatre at Winthrop University, will be leading us through best practices for dramaturgical discussions including: how to most effectively research and prepare for these presentations, and how to turn these presentations into conversations with students.

Hamilton

Our keynote speaker for this event was Kaja Dunn from UNCC. This talk and workshop looked at building culturally competent arts pedagogies and inclusive practices for K-12 teachers.

Ms Dunn lead a discussion on: including diversity and inclusion in arts pedagogy, creating safe spaces for students of color in an arts classroom, and breaking down how teachers can begin to implement these changes into their own classrooms.  Attendees also received a resource sheet following the presentation.

What The Constitution Means To Me

This show questions the integrity and relevance of the original Constitution of the United States. Join us as Kevin Poirier, a CMS teacher turned AP, will present on why he included Current Events discussions in his classroom on a regular basis and how teachers can facilitate these important conversations with our next generation of leaders and learners. Tickets for this pre-show event, dinner, and show ticket are only $20 each! Members may bring up to one adult guest, preferably a fellow educator.

Ain't Too Proud

Come on down for an evening of “Motown and More” – a presentation from Dawn Anthony and a 6-piece band to illuminate what made this era of music so unique and noteworthy. This workshop, dinner, open bar, and show ticket totals only $40 per person. Network members may bring up to one adult guest, preferably a fellow educator.

RENT

We are excited to offer a pre-show event for the farewell tour of this Broadway favorite! This will include a pre-show inclusion workshop, boxed dinner, and show ticket for $40 each. Our presenter from Time Out Youth will focus on supporting LGBTQ+ students through best classroom practices and inclusive strategies. Members may bring up to one adult guest, preferably a fellow educator.

Latest COVID-19 Guidelines

We encourage everyone to wear a mask indoors at our venues.

Other safety protocols are in place, including enhanced fresh air and filtration, contactless entry, increased cleaning, and sanitizing.

Guests agree to abide by the protocols in place at the time of a performance. BPA may refund the purchase price, refuse admission, or remove a guest from the venue for failure to follow any health and safety measures in effect at the time of the show. 

Click here to read how Blumenthal is putting your safety first.

Sponsor

Thank you to our generous sponsor who makes this program accessible to celebrate and support Charlotte area arts educators! 

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