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Education and Community

Connecting Students and the Arts

Curated by our Education Department, our 2016/2017 Arts Education programs are designed to stimulate students’ artistic expression and thought through multidisciplinary experiences. Whether your students are toddlers or teenagers, musical mavericks or the newest newbies—our programs educate, engage, and inspire the next generation!

Performing Arts Classes

FREE Performing Arts Classes 

Grades 5-12

Jazz Camp

Kimmel Center Jazz Camp of Philadelphia

Ages 13-20

Business of Making Music

The Business of Making Music

High school and University students

Student Matinees

Student Matinees

Grades K-12

Creative Music Program

Creative Music Program for Jazz

Ages 11-20

Bop & Swing

Community Education Partnerships & Initiatives

All ages up to University level

Show Stoppers

Show Stoppers

Grades 9-12

Broadway Dreams

Broadway Dreams Summer Intensive 

All Ages

Sittin In

Sittin' In

All Ages

Lindback Transportation Grants

Free transportation to and from Kimmel Center Education programming is available for K-12 schools. Group sizes must have a minimum of 25 guests. 

Merck Arts Education Center

The Merck Arts Education Center (MAEC) provides arts education through a variety of learning styles and innovative technologies. Serving as a flexible arts resource for the Philadelphia community, MAEC promotes appreciation of the performing arts through diverse programming for children and adults.

Housed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, MAEC fosters collaborations with its Resident Companies and cultural communities and acts as a bridge to developing future audiences and performers. Support for the Merck Arts Education Center is generously provided by The Merck Company Foundation.

Sponsors: THANK YOU!

Education programs at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts are generously sponsored by:

  • Chubb 
  • Aramark Charitable Fund
  • Elliott-Lewis Corporation
  • Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Health Partners Plans
  • David and Patricia Holveck
  • The Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • JP Morgan Chase Foundation
  • Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
  • Lomax Family Foundation
  • Merck & CO. Incorporated
  • Pepsi Cola & National Brand Beverages, Ltd.
  • Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program
  • Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company
  • PNC Foundation
  • Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation
  • Paul Tufano
  • Universal Health Services, Inc.
  • Verizon Pennsylvania
  • Wells Fargo

And endowed by:

  • Citizen’s Bank Foundation
  • Comcast Foundation
  • The Sidney Kimmel Foundation
  • Dr. Richard M. Klein
  • Lincoln Financial Foundation
  • McLean Contributionship
  • PNC Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Savitz
  • Sunoco Foundation
  • Wells Fargo

The Merck Company Foundation

The Merck Company Foundation is a U.S.-based, private charitable foundation. Established in 1957 by Merck & Co., Inc., the Foundation is funded entirely by the company and is Merck's chief source of funding support to qualified non-profit charitable organizations. The Foundation advances the company's philanthropic outreach in helping to meet important needs of our society -- in both local and international communities -- that are consistent with Merck's overall mission to enhance the health and well-being of people around the world.

Also see:

Volunteer at the MAEC!
Internships at the Kimmel Center

Free Soundchecks for Students