STARS! Support The Arts Reaching Students

In Eagle County, more than 8,000 students each year are given invaluable exposure to the performing arts through the Vilar Performing Arts Center’s S.T.A.R.S. programming (Support The Arts Reaching Students). It provides the basis for a life of enjoyment and understanding of a wide array of performing arts disciplines, often for youth who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. Pat and Pete Frechette were instrumental in the creation of the S.T.A.R.S. program, which was founded in 1998 and has provided thousands of Eagle County youth with free or affordable opportunities to experience age-appropriate performing arts, often via school field trips to matinee shows. The S.T.A.R.S. program brings approximately 20 shows a year to the VPAC. The programming is educational and entertaining, oftentimes integrating with teachers’ lesson plans and sometimes providing a platform for discussion of pertinent childhood issues such as bullying, cultural awareness or how to deal with challenging homework.

2020-2021 STARS Repurposed:
Program: Meet the Experts!
Age group: 6-12 graders from across the county
Location: Virtual Livestream in classroom or home setting
Time: Wednesdays at 11am
Learn about the performing arts industry and the different opportunities available to those inspired by the arts! From performing on stage to production and management, there is a lot more to learn than meets the eye as an audience member.
The series will consist of numerous performers and professionals representing multiple genres (such as dance, instrumentalists, actors and comedians), along with those who make it happen on the production end (stage, lighting, sound) and management/administrative end (marketing, programming, fundraising, box office, artist relations).
During the 45-60 minute sessions the invited spokesperson will talk about their profession (maybe combined with a presentation or performance) and then answer any questions which will be moderated by a chairperson.
Stay tuned on more information!

The STARS Series is underwritten by the Frechette Family Foundation.  Vail Daily: “STARS Program receives $1 million endowment from Frechette Family Foundation

If you are interested in signing up a school group or if your school is already booked and you would like to request a reimbursement for bus transportation, please complete the forms linked below.



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