Carpenter Performing Arts Center

Classroom Connections

Kids lineup outside the Carpenter Centerfor a Classroom Connections performanceClassroom Connections, now in its eighteenth 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 goes beyond exposing students to performing arts – it brings professional performing artists into local elementary classrooms to introduce professional artists who demonstrate the process of making their art, then welcomes the students into the theatre to see their finished product, a full performance. Students are given the opportunity to experience theatre from the audience, and to interact one-on-one with the artists in their own classrooms.


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