Carpenter Performing Arts Center

Classroom Connections

Kids lineup outside the Carpenter Centerfor a Classroom Connections performanceClassroom Connections, now in its 19th year, is a three-part program partnering the Carpenter Center’s touring artists with local students, primarily from the Long Beach Unified School District. Pre-performance workshops and artist visits to the classroom illustrate the process of creating art (inspiration, conception, rehearsal, discussion) as well as the product itself (performance). Students meet with the artists to observe or participate in specific parts of the process. The program culminates with a special daytime performance by the artist at the Carpenter Center.


Classroom Connections Season 2018-19



CONTRA-TIEMPO - Grades 4, 5

October 29 - November 9, 2018


CONTRA-TIEMPO is a bold, multilingual Los Angeles-based dance company creating phyically intense and politically astute performances work that moves audiences to imagine what is possible.



Jarabe Mexicano - Grades 1, 2, 3

December 3-14, 2018


As skilled professional musicians and advocates for education, Jarabe Mexicano intoduces audiences to the music of Mexico and Latin America through instructional programming that engages and entertains.



LA Opera - Grades 2, 3, 4

January 14-25, 2019


LA Opera will be offering the touring  production of The Magic Dream, a high energy intoduction to the world of opera, this lighthearted show is a widly imaginative and engaging celebration of Mozart's opera, The Magic Flute.




The Carpenter Center is honored to provide Classroom Connections to Long Beach area elementary schools at no cost to the schools. More than 3,000 students participate in Classroom Connections each school year, thanks to the generosity of:


Bess J. Hodges Foundation


California Arts Council


Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation


New England Foundation for the Arts


And generous individual donors.




For info on how to get your school involved contact