These curriculum-connected programs promote student and teacher confidence, creativity, and engagement through field trips, masterclasses, in-school residencies, classroom resource kits, and workshops.


Experience the joy of live theatre in these curriculum-connected performances at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Photo: Betty L Hum Photography

SMoCA Museum Programs

Explore the rotating exhibitions at SMoCA through programs that promote critical thinking and artistic discovery.

Hope Chest

Hope Chest is a curriculum and complete set of teaching resources designed to immerse students in Holocaust survivor Oskar Knoblauch’s memoir, A Boy’s Story, A Man’s Memory: Surviving the Holocaust 1933–1945. This emotional coming-of-age story recounts Oskar and his family’s struggle to escape the Nazis’ rise to power in Germany by fleeing to Poland, only to be subjugated to the Kraków ghetto and forced labor camps.

Photo: Betty L Hum Photography

Wolf Trap

Through a combination of teacher workshops, in-classroom residencies, field trips, and teacher resources, Arizona Wolf Trap uses performing arts to help young learners master a variety of skills, including language development, gross and fine motor coordination, concentration, memory, verbalization, and positive self-image.

Photo: Betty L Hum Photography

Empty Bowls

The Alli Ortega Empty Bowls is a unique program that combines the arts, community partnership, and civic engagement that benefits hundreds of Scottsdale families and seniors by providing food, school supplies, healthy lunches, necessary supplies, and general assistance.

Photo: Betty L Hum Photography

Kennedy Center Partners in Education

Kennedy Center Partners in Education is a national program designed to expand educational partnerships between community arts centers and local school districts. Scottsdale Arts, in partnership with Scottsdale Unified School District and Paradise Valley Unified School District, provides participatory workshops for teachers focused on integrating the arts into classroom curricula while addressing the Arizona Academic Standards.

Cultural Connections Through the Arts

Cultural Connections Through the Arts is a classroom-based artist residency program offering arts-integrated learning experiences. The Learning & Innovation team works directly with schools, principals, and teachers to design impactful experiences that result in enduring understanding and promote student achievement.

Photo: Betty L Hum Photography


Visions brings together advanced art students from diverse Maricopa County high schools for a yearlong series of activities designed to cultivate artistic skills, collaboration, and civic engagement.

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Cultural Connections Dance

The Cultural Connections Dance provides high school and college dance student the opportunity to work with touring professional companies and their dancers.