Kirkland Performance Center Programs
KPC brings local, national, and international touring artists to East King County. In 2012-13, our Presented Artist series includes artists such as Philip Glass, eighth blackbird, Doktor Kaboom! and Andy Summers. We present world-class art from East India through our annual series Namaste Kirkland. We prioritize presenting artists that have never performed in East King County before. Through presenting, we provide the greater Seattle area top-tier performing arts at accessible prices
KPC partners with a wide range of community organizations, including Studio East, Master Chorus Eastside, and Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. This is a cost-effective way to deliver high-quality cultural activity to our community, assist other organizations, and expand our artistic offerings.Arts
KPC's Spotlight program leverages KPC’s Presented Artists to impact our community through educational programs, curricular support for teachers, and innovative outreach strategies to underserved populations. KPC is the only organization in East King County connecting community members with national touring artists. KPC serves all grades Pre-K through 12.
Spotlight programs include:
- In-School Residencies;
- Daytime matinees at KPC;
- Performing opportunities for students with national touring artists;
- Master classes for adults; and
- Cultural outreach to diverse communities through specific performances.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
KPC Spotlight has exploded in 2012! Our signature education and outreach program is booking more performances and reaching more students than ever before! Our goals for Spotlight in 2012-2013 include:
- Serving 4,500 K-12 students, a 50% increase from 2011;
- Establishing relationships with schools serving lower-income & diverse populations;
- Collaboration with artists, teachers and school district staff to improve program impact and alignment with local curricula; and
- Providing education opportunities for every Presented Performance at our theatre.
Like many arts organizations, the recent economic downtown has taken its toll on KPC, and the recovery slow to reach us. Nevertheless, we are committed to keeping our tickets affordable and providing wide community access, even in the face of severe economic pressures. Money raised will go towards upgrading theatre infrastructure and attracting more top-tier performers for our Presented Artists series.