Welcome to the 28th year of the Arts Discovery Educational Series!

This program is curated to complement curriculum goals to meet the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Comprehensive Arts Education Standards to enhance students’ exposure to the arts.

Arts Discovery Educational Series partners with the Durham Arts Council to offer in-school residencies paired with select performances through the Creative Arts in Public/Private Schools (CAPS) program.


Support the Arts Discovery Educational Series

The Carolina Theatre of Durham is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to presenting vibrant, thought-provoking film, live performances, and children’s educational programs that contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of downtown Durham and the Triangle Region. Please consider making a donation to support our work.



Thank you to the following sponsors for their support of Arts Discovery Educational Series:



Through combined resources with our partner organizations, we are able to offer richer arts experiences for our students. We are proud to partner with the following organizations:

Durham Arts Council

Durham Public Schools

University of North Carolina, Carolina Public Humanities, Carolina K-12


This project was supported by the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.


Establish the Carolina Theatre as a leading field trip destination for performing arts experiences for young audiences and families.


  • Present high-quality performing arts, theater, dance, music, and film for young audiences.
  • Enhance teacher awareness of the arts as an effective medium for cultivating student appreciation of creative expression, academic learning, and artistic discipline.
  • Provide an affordable field trip destination for performing arts experiences to compliment curriculum goals for both schools and community organizations that serve children and their families.
  • Promote the arts as a vehicle for greater understanding and respect for all.

All school groups, including homeschools, will reserve tickets to Arts Discovery performances through Eventbrite.

Online reservations end five days prior to a performance date. Tickets will still be sold at the box office on the date of the event, dependent upon availability. Please email us for availability at efan@carolinatheatre.org.


Paying schools receive one free seat for every 30 seats purchased. Additional chaperones (teachers and parents) may purchase their ticket(s) seperately. Infants under the age of one year that will be sitting on a parent’s lap will receive complimentary entry.


Theater staff will seat students based on group size and grade level. Locations cannot be held for late arrivals. We request that all teachers and chaperones sit at the ends of the rows so they do not obstruct the view for the smaller children seated behind them.


Please include any accessibility needs, such as wheelchair access or hearing devices on your reservation. We encourage you to contact us at efan@carolinatheatre.org if you need further seating requirements.


If your school is delayed or canceled due to inclement weather on the day of the performance, please notify efan@carolinatheatre.org  as soon as possible. The Carolina Theatre is responsible for paying performing artists regardless of attendance, weather or school cancellations. If inclement weather prevents your group from attending, or the show is canceled or postponed by the performer, you may receive an account credit good for any remaining show for this season, based on availability.


  • All performances are an hour long, unless otherwise noted.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes before show time. This helps with parking buses and seating students.
  • Police officers will direct buses for parking.
  • Please get your bus driver’s name and phone number in case you need to locate your bus.
  • Your students should remain on the bus while the group leader checks in with the Carolina Theatre staff.
  • Please present your invoice to the Carolina Theatre staff.
  • Volunteer ushers will direct everyone to their seats once doors are open.
  • Study guides are available when they are provided by the performing artist. They can be found on their individual show page.
  • Eating inside the theater or outside on the plaza is prohibited.

All Durham Public Schools (DPS) reservations will be made by the school-designated Arts Liaison. The Arts Liaison was appointed by each school principal to coordinate this effort. Please contact your principal for further action.

In-Person Performances at The Carolina Theatre

$9.50 per person | $7.50 per person for Title One Schools

All school groups, including homeschools, will reserve tickets to Arts Discovery performances through Eventbrite.

Reservations will begin on Friday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m.

You can pay for your tickets on Eventbrite with a credit card or send us a check, payable to the Carolina Theatre of Durham, to 309 W Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701. All payments must be processed before the performance date.

Performances are 60 minutes unless otherwise noted.

There is no limit to the number of shows you can reserve.

Study guides are available when they are provided by the performing artist. They can be found on their individual show page.

Please call Creative Arts in Public/Private Schools (CAPS) at 919-560-2726 for registration and pricing.