We are the educational outreach division of the Pioneer Center.
What we do –
We present live performing arts programs in elementary schools and public libraries within a 100-mile radius of Reno. Offerings include dance, music, puppetry, magic, theatre, and storytelling. Our culturally-rich programs emphasize artistic quality, educational value, and audience participation.
Why we do it –
We are committed to the belief that the arts are an essential part of every child’s education and that a person’s love and appreciation for the arts stems from his or her earliest experiences. By bringing our artists directly into the schools and libraries, we facilitate an up-close, personal interaction with the arts that many children would otherwise never receive. As these children grow into adulthood, they will fondly remember these early experiences and will continue to make the arts a part of their lives.
For just $200, you can give a school the gift of performing arts!
Thanks to the generous support of our donors and sponsors, our programs are available at an extremely affordable price. The cost for each program is just $200 for schools within the immediate Reno-Sparks area and $250 for schools in outlying communities. All donations are tax-deductable.
For more information on booking an artist or making a donation, please fill out a Youth Program Booking Inquiry Form or by contacting:
Breana Edgerton, Youth Programs Administrator
Pioneer Center Youth Programs receives generous support from
Praise for Pioneer Center Youth Programs
“Thank you for helping us put on such a tremendous Multicultural Day and for providing such wonderful and culturally enriching entertainment choices for our schools. Keep up the great (and important) work! Looking forward to next year!”
– PTA Member, Roy Gomm Elementary, Reno
“I learned that people from everywhere are different, but in an awesome way.”
-5th Grade Student, Bordewich Bray Elementary, Carson City
“The students loved the program. They continued to share their thoughts the next day. Some students even told me of doing the tricks at home. They were very involved throughout the program and sat with anticipation for the next trick. I feel the show was as close to perfect for elementary students as possible.”
-2nd Grade Teacher, Hugh Gallagher Elementary, Virginia City
“We believe the annual Pioneer Center performances enrich our students’ understanding of the cultural wealth of talents and expertise we have in Nevada and our local community.”
– Principal, Mountain View Montessori School, Reno
“Fantastic presentation. The kids were engaged and entertained. Very motivating for students in sports, art, and other areas of school. Great use of active participation strategies. Very dynamic and inspirational – imagination is so important for students to have.”
-4th Grade Teacher, Pinon Hills Elementary, Minden
“The program taught important life lessons like appreciation of nature and appreciation of others. I liked when the audience was able to play instruments and interact with the stories.”
-Parent, Gerlach Library, Gerlach