Arts Education Program

Arts Education school time shows give our youngest audience members opportunities to experience live performing arts in our historic Paramount Theater. The Paramount is committed to presenting the very best educational theater that engages children in meaningful ways, complements school curricula, and cultivates appreciation of the performing arts.

The Arts Education Program at The Paramount champions the role of the arts as a tool for instruction for students within our community while meeting the critical need for teachers to teach according to Virginia Standards of Learning objectives. In fact, in a study published by Americans for the Arts, it was proven that the arts help close the achievement gap, thus “leveling the learning field” across socio-economic boundaries. Students from all schools, income levels, and backgrounds come together at The Paramount, uniquely bridging a broad spectrum of local students. For many teachers, this program is one of the key ways that interactive learning complements mandated curriculum.

We have served more than 140,000 students since the program began in 2004, averaging 15,000 served on an annual basis. All tickets are available at subsidized prices for students ($7.50 per child). In order to maintain this offering, we rely on the support of individuals, foundations, and corporations, as well as support from the City of Charlottesville. Many students are still unable to afford this price, and we offer financial assistance so that no child is precluded from participation.

Exposure to arts and culture at every age is powerful in driving innovation and creativity, promoting social cohesion, advancing educational excitement and love of learning, and furthering the economic prosperity of our community.


Quick Overview

The Paramount Arts Education Program provides a live educational theater experience for youth in our community, enhancing learning while fostering an appreciation, understanding and love of the performing arts. We have now served more than 140,000 students and teachers since the program’s inception in 2004.

Download the Registration Form: Please download and complete the form to register your group for one of the Arts Education Programs: 2016-17-registration-form

Financial Assistance: To apply for Financial Assistance, please fill out and submit this form: Financial Assistance Form 2016-17


What Educators Are Saying

Arts Education

“Not only have all the field trips that we have made to the Paramount been cherished and unique experiences for our children, but they have allowed us to make visual and meaningful connections to our reading curriculum that has enhanced our kids’ love of literature.”

Kindergarten Teacher
Gordon Barbour Elementary

Arts Education

“We are so thankful to be able to attend these performances. It gives us an opportunity to practice all of the things we learn in school. It also gives the community an opportunity to learn from us.”

Charlottesville Post High