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Education and Community

Connecting Students and the Arts

Last season Kimmel Center directly impacted 10,669 students through 32,235 learning hours during 323 classes and Education events.  In addition children experienced the Kimmel Center through free community programs, family programming, fairs & festivals, rentals and partner activities.  It is estimated that over 50,000 children are impacted each year by the Kimmel Center. Our unique programs are offered throughout the year for children of all ages and most are FREE! 


Performing Arts Classes

FREE Performing Arts Classes 

Grades 2-12

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

ShowStoppers Summer Camp 2017

Grades 9-12

Broadway Dreams

Broadway Dreams Summer Intensive 

All Ages

Sittin In

Sittin' In

All Ages



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 Merck.

Sponsors: THANK YOU!

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

  • The Aramark Charitable Fund
  • Broadway League
  • Chubb
  • Connelly Foundation
  • Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
  • Doran Family Foundation
  • Elliott-Lewis Corporation
  • Graham Partners
  • Rosemarie Greco and Anne Morrisey
  • Patricia and David Holveck
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Lincoln Financial Group Foundation
  • Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
  • Lomax Family Foundation
  • The Merck Company Foundation
  • Origlio Beverage
  • Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company
  • PNC Foundation
  • Susan Martinelli Shea
  • Universal Health Services, Inc.
  • Laurie Wagman
  • Wells Fargo


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


Also see:

Volunteer at the MAEC!
Internships at the Kimmel Center

Free Soundchecks for Students