TPAC in Schools

In addition to presenting arts on stage, TPAC is active in classrooms across Tennessee, with arts education programs that motivate learning across curriculum. TPAC champions educators, providing innovative teaching strategies and resources to engage students of all ages and abilities.


ArtSmart inspires learning through creative connections with the arts, sending specially trained teaching artists to schools for collaborations with classroom educators. Using works of art in theatre, dance, puppetry, and music, the program engages students of all abilities and learning styles across curriculum. Teachers take advantage of additional professional development in arts integration to make learning fun, meaningful, and lasting for their students.

Disney Musicals in Schools builds musical theatre programs in elementary and middle schools, fostering positive relationships between students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community. Students and teachers work in teams with teaching artists, developing the wide spectrum of skills needed when producing a piece of musical theater, including: critical thinking, problem solving, ensemble building, communication, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills.

Spotlight Awards

Spotlight Awards encourages young theatre artists and celebrates theatre educators through a partnership with Lipscomb University’s College of Entertainment and the Arts. The musicals of participating high schools are evaluated by a diverse panel of judges throughout the year, culminating in an educational program led by industry professionals and an exciting ceremony in the style of the Tony Awards.

Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts brings music, dance, theatre, and puppetry into pre-school classrooms through a nationally affiliated program. Professional performing artists create activities that target early childhood curriculum and developmental goals, partnering with educators to make the arts a vital teaching tool with young children.

TPAC education programs utilize a talented faculty of professional teaching artists in the performing and visual arts. Learn more about our TPAC teaching artists.