Promoting education is one of the core values of the South Orange Performing Arts Center and an integral part of our mission. At the heart of our commitment lies the belief that learning in and through the arts can serve as a powerful tool for student achievement in the classroom and in life. Our arts education programming offers a wide range of opportunities for both students and teachers to explore the arts through performances and workshops. We hope that you will join us as we work toward improving the lives of all through arts in education.

SOPAC educational programs and offerings include our ever-popular School Performance Series, La Cinémathèque Film Club, hosting a Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition, artist talks, and presenting events with our esteemed partners at Seton Hall University and Juilliard.

Education Programs

School Performance Series

Live performances can be an unforgettable experience that can reinforce classroom learning, ignite imagination and creativity,  and help young people develop a lifelong enthusiasm for the arts.

Inspired Minds Gallery Exhibit

The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery at SOPAC celebrates the work of young artists in INSPIRED MINDS: YOUNG ARTIST EXHIBITION, an annual juried exhibit of art by Essex County high school students.

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country.

La Cinémathèque Film Club

La Cinémathèque Film Club screenings feature classic films by renowned foreign filmmakers in the SOPAC Loft. The events are led by educator, artist, and filmmaker Gerard Amsellem who provides introductions and commentary in addition to leading post-screening discussions.