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Pre K-12 Programs

Bardo Arts Center - Learning Live!

Learning Live


Free for all local elementary, middle, and high schools.

The Learning Live! Matinee Series offers an opportunity to experience engaging and educational performances all year! 

Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 Schedule 

We are excited to see your class at one of our Learning Live! Matinees. Click on the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 Schedule for a printable version of our upcoming schedule. 

Spark of the Eagle Dancer: The Collecting Legacy of Lambert Wilson Open through December 8, 2023 Book a tour with the WCU Fine Art Museum by visiting
Experience the latest exhibition at the Fine Art Museum. This exhibition celebrates the legacy of Lambert Wilson, a passionate collector of contemporary Native American art who encountered a beloved Cherokee sculpture as a student at Western Carolina University and decided to devote his life to supporting and encouraging Native artists. Over 140 works on view tell the story of the relationships he built and the impact that he made by dedicating himself to this remarkable collection.

The Nutcracker feat. The Ballet Conservatory of Asheville December 8, 2023, Friday at 10:00am
Join the Bardo Arts Center for a magically festive, :50 minute version of The Nutcracker featuring professional classical dances and the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville's celebrated pre-professional company. Having crept downstairs at midnight on Christmas Eve to play with her new Nutcracker doll, a young girl is swept up in fantasies of toy soldiers, giant rats, snow fairies, magic, and mystery. After saving her beloved Nutcracker from the King of Rats, she is whisked away to an enchanted land, and dances the night away, meeting a host of enchanting and exotic characters.

Sing and Swing: A Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents Production February 29, 2024, Thursday at 10:00am
Celebrate the Great American Songbook in all of its playful - and sophisticated- glory, brought to life by two of this generation's brightest stars. Each armed with prodigious trumpet talent and vocal charm, Bria Skonberg and Benny Benack III will relive and re-imagine some of the classic partners in jazz and popular song, including Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland and Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and Peggy Lee. Featuring songs by Gershwin, Ellington, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and many more, and joined by a who's who of New York all-stars, this is an "unforgettable" evening of singin' and swingin' with Bria and Benny.

If you are interested in reserving space for your school for one or more of these events, Please visit our sign-up form. 

Please visit our sign-up form if you are interested in reserving space for your school for one or more of these events

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