About the Education Program

The Strand Education Program aims to create a safe and welcoming space for children, students, and families to experience and participate in top-quality live arts programs from around the globe.

As a rural Maine community, opportunities to engage with artists who represent different regions of our country, and our world, are limited by location and cost. Here at the Strand, we see an opportunity to share the resource of our incredible facility to bring the Midcoast community together for events that would otherwise be unavailable in this region. We offer these programs at no cost to schools and a Pay-What-You-Can ticket structure for the community, believing strongly that economic status should not be a barrier to accessing opportunities for enrichment.

In a regular operating year, our Education Program includes:

●  Student matinees at the Strand Theatre featuring world-class performances of music, theatre, movement, and puppetry In-school and after-school arts learning workshops, led by visiting artists and our Education Coordinator, that correspond with, and enhance, the performances at the Strand

●  The Strand Family Series, a collection of live public performances from our visiting artists, designed for all ages to enjoy, offered at a Pay-What-You-Can ticket structure ($0-20)

●  Special screenings of educational films, as well as the Metropolitan Opera, National Theatre Live, and Bolshoi Ballet broadcasts

●  Tours of the theater led by our House Manager, combined with an on-stage performance workshop from the Education Coordinator

●  Collaborations with other community organizations to provide further arts learning and family engagement activities.


The 2020-2021 season marks our fifth year of Education Programming, and while we face restrictions to our activities due to the global pandemic, we still have a robust offering of programs. New to this year is our roster of virtual teaching artists -- connecting world-class music, theatre, and filmmakers to our local classrooms for workshops and digital courses. We’ll also feature a spring line-up of our Pay-What-You-Can Strand Family Series, a collection of performances offered virtually for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home. In addition, we’re continuing our community partnerships with local organizations and schools to share the resource of our space to keep young people active and safe during these uncertain times.

For questions and more information about our Education Program, please email Education Program Coordinator Brittany Parker -- [email protected].

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