The Norton Center is pursuing more personal engagements with its constituents and presenting artists that surpass typical expectations in an effort to form a long-term trust among the institution, the College and its patrons. The Center’s reach extends far beyond the campus and Danville, as each year more than 5,000 elementary, middle, and high school students enjoy matinees of main stage performances at discounted rates. Centre College students and residents of the surrounding area also benefit from Norton Center activities by participating in lectures, seminars, master classes, and symposia surrounding various programs.
In the 2011-2012 season alone, in addition to 21 main stage performances representing various genres, the Center will present 6 student matinees, 9 pre-show curated concerts, and 17 workshops, master classes, panel discussions, symposia or lectures with artists and open to the public – overall, an incredible 80% increase in engagement activities over previous seasons.
The Norton Center's 2012-2013 line-up of Professional Performances for Young Audiences is available on the K-12 Activities page or by downloading the 2012-2013 Student Matinee Brochure.
Information on Financial Assistance for Professional Performances for Young Audiences:
- Apply for FREE or deeply reduced student matinee tickets through the Norton Center A.C.T.S. program.
Currently available to educators in Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer County Public Schools, including Burgin and Danville Independent Schools only.
- Apply for FREE transportation to attend Norton Center student matinees through the Kentucky Arts Council TranspARTation Grant program.
The TranspARTation Grant enables Kentucky teachers and schools to offer students quality arts experiences by providing transportation funding to the individual school and classroom that applies for the grant. Grants will be based on the mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue and the number of buses necessary. Applications are reviewed quarterly and the next deadline, for spring field trip applicants, is March 1, 2013. For help in applying for a TranspARTation Grant so that your school can receive money to pay for transportation costs when attending a Norton Center performance, contact us at 859-238-5759 or Dan Strauss, KY Arts Council Senior Program Analyst, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-833-2787, ext. 474. For more information on the grant itself, visit the Kentucky Arts Council online.
To order tickets to a student matinee performance or for more information please contact:
Box Office Assistant
For this Season's Curriculum Connections and Lesson Plans visit our K-12 Activities Page.
For information on activities for life-long learners or curriculum connections please contact:
“As we left the Norton Center, I heard students discussing with each other different aspects of the performance and funny moments from the discussion at the end. I wondered to myself how that day’s performance might inspire them to seek out other cultural music on the Internet, or how they would draw upon this experience in the future. Then, I wondered how soon I could get a group back for another matinee show.” - Travis Kern, Burgin High School Teacher