For over 24 years, VPAC’s Support the Arts Reaching Students (STARS) program has provided youth from 15 Eagle County Schools with the opportunity to attend specially programmed daytime performances either in the theater or directly at their school. Reaching over 8,000 students annually, with approximately 20 shows a year, STARS places an emphasis on providing an array of performing art genres from dance and theater to world music. The programming is educational, entertaining, often integrates with teachers’ lesson plans and sometimes provides a platform for discussion of pertinent childhood issues such as bullying, cultural awareness or how to deal with challenging homework. STARS provides the basis for a life of enjoyment and understanding of diverse performing art disciplines, often for youth who would not otherwise have the opportunity. All STARS performances and transportation are provided free of charge to Eagle County students in grades K-8. STARS is funded by individual contributors and a generous endowment from the Frechette Family Foundation.

2022-2023 STARS Series Lineup: 

MOMIX | Monday, August 29 | 12:30PM | 3rd Grade and Above [SOLD OUT]
Sonia de Los Santos and the Okee Dokee Brothers | Monday, September 12 | 10AM & 12:30PM | Pre-K through 5th Grade [SOLD OUT]
Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition | Tuesday, September 20 | 10AM & 12:30PM | 3rd Grade and Above (8 years +)  [SOLD OUT]
Orquesta Akokán | Thursday, October 6 | 12:30PM | 2nd Grade and Above [SOLD OUT]
Imagination Movers | Friday January 13 | 10AM & 12:30PM | 1st through 4th Grade [SOLD OUT]
Yamato: The Drummers of Japan | Thursday, March 6 | 12:30PM | 2nd Grade and Above [SOLD OUT]
Danú | Friday, March 17 | 12:30PM | 2nd Grade and Above
BalletX | Friday, March 24 | 12:30PM | 3rd Grade through 6th Grade [SOLD OUT]
Tel Aviv Wind Quintet: Peter and the Wolf | Tuesday, March 28 | 12:30PM | Pre-K to 3rd Grade
Flip Fabrique | Wednesday, April 5 | 12:30PM | 2nd Grade and Above
Ajijaak On Turtle Island | Thursday, April 20 | 10AM & 12:30PM | 1st Grade and Up

2022-2023 School Group Request Form

Bus Reimbursement Form

Questions on the STARS Educational Series? Please contact stars@vvf.org

The VPAC introduces a new community outreach initiative in its 2022-23 season called STARS For Families. New in 2022, VPAC will reach beyond the in-school format of STARS to bring local parents and children together to enjoy educational and entertaining performances as a family. “STARS For Families,” as the initiative is called, will feature two special performances:

SUGAR SKULL! A Día De Muertos Musical Adventure | Friday, October 14 | 6:30PM | Best for ages 5 and Up | at the Battle Mountain High School Auditorium
Colorado Symphony Petitie Musique presents “The Story of Peter Rabbit – El Cuento de Peter Rabbit”| Sunday, April 2 | 4PM | Best for Pre-K through 2nd Grade

STARS: Support The Arts Reaching Students

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