Learn & Engage

K-12 Programs

Providing Access to the Arts

Northrop proudly engages students in meaningful experiences that expand their worldview and provide the hope and joy the arts offer through its K-12 matinee program. The program provides students and educators high-quality and affordable arts programming with expanded access online and flexible on-demand options that fit school schedules. Each performance is augmented with additional study materials that meet learning standards, as well as resources to guide students about arts performances. Please note that all in-person student matinees will have reduced seating capacity to allow spacing between classes in the theater. 

Student Matinee Highlights

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In person

$3.50 per person

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On demand

$25 per classroom
$5 per homeschool

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Study materials

that meet MN Academic Standards

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Q&A sessions

with the artists

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Programming specific to K-12 students

by world-class artists

2022-23 Student Matinees

Marching Band matinee page

Northrop and University of Minnesota School of Music Present

On-demand Nov 29-Dec 23

Limon student matinee event page

Northrop Presents

On-demand through Dec 2

Ballet Hispanico student matinee event page

Northrop Presents

Fri, Feb 24, 10:30 am CT 
In-person / Livestream
On-demand through Mar 3

Pilobolus Rules at play student matinee event page

Northrop and Ordway Present

Thu, Apr 13* & Fri, Apr 14, 10:30 am CT
In-person / Livestream*
*On-demand through Apr 21

Access To Arts Education Matters

  • Research shows that children who study the arts demonstrate stronger overall academic performance, helping to produce creative thinkers that employers need in an increasingly complex workforce.

  • K-12 students involved with the arts show higher levels of success in math and reading skills, and additional skills are strengthened in communication and problem-solving abilities.

  • Exposure to the arts help K-12 students improve ACT/SAT test scores, perform higher on standardized tests, and achieve higher GPAs. These students are less likely to drop out of school and three times more likely to receive a bachelor's degree in higher education.

  • Both state and federal laws require K-12 schools to provide arts education for students to foster a more well-rounded education.

Student Matinee

Arts education impacts Minnesota students by strengthening their skills in:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Expression and evaluation skills
  • Empathy and valuing others
  • Collaboration
  • Creative-thinking and innovation

Source:
2019 Report provided by Minnesota Citizens for the Arts through study results of 2016 by Creative MN

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Student Matinee: 61st Annual Marching Band Indoor Concert

   View the Marching Band Student Matinee event page
   Recommended for Grades 3-12 
 

In-person Fri, Nov 4, 10:30 am | Ticket price: $3.50 per person |Limited Tickets Remain - Orders Placed Now May Be for Waitlist
On-demand Nov 29-Dec 23 | Ticket price: Free

Student Matinee: Limón Dance Company

    View the Limón Dance Company Student Matinee Event Page
    Recommended for Grades 5-12
 

In-person Thu, Nov 17, 10:30 am | Ticket price: $3.50 per person
Classrooms: Livestream Thu, Nov 17, 10:30 am CT and On-demand through Dec 2

Ticket Price: $25 per Classroom

Homeschools: Livestream Thu, Nov 17, 10:30 am CT and On-demand through Dec 2

Ticket Price: $5 per Homeschool

Student Matinee: Ballet Hispánico

   View the Ballet Hispánico Student Matinee event page
   Recommended for Grades 5-12 
 

In-person Fri, Feb 24, 10:30 am | Ticket price: $3.50 per person
Classroom: Livestream Fri, Feb 24, 10:30 am CT and On-demand through Mar 3

Ticket Price: $25 per Classroom

Homeschools: Livestream Fri, Feb 24, 10:30 am CT and On-demand through Mar 3

Ticket Price: $5 per Homeschool

Student Matinee: Pilobolus Rules @ Play

   View the Pilobolus Rules @ Play Student Matinee event page
   Apr 13 - Recommended for Grades 6-12
   Apr 14 - Recommended for Grades 3-5

 

In-person Thu, Apr 13, 10:30 am | Ticket price: $3.50 per person
Classroom: Livestream Thu, Apr 13, 10:30 am CT and On-demand through Apr 21

Ticket Price: $25 per Classroom

Homeschool: Livestream Thu, Apr 13, 10:30 am CT and On-demand through Apr 21

Ticket Price: $5 per Homeschool

In-person Fri, Apr 14, 10:30 am | Ticket price: $3.50 per person