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Mondavi Center Arts Education is committed to providing the best opportunities for students of all ages to experience and appreciate the performing arts. We have designed culturally intensive educational programs for grades K-12 to meet the California Common Core State Standards and Visual and Performing Arts State Standards, and to open the classroom to the creative and imaginative process. For adults, our goal is to inspire the sensibilities and intellectual curiosity that sustain a fully engaged life. Through exposure to live performance and lively participation, we seek to ensure that the arts remain an integral part of our community’s rich inheritance.

School Matinees & Pre-Matinee Classroom Talks

Attending a school matinee at the Mondavi Center might be the first opportunity students have to be part of an audience for live performance. Select school matinee performances are supported by free Pre-Matinee Classroom Talks given by a Friend of Mondavi Center docent.

Cue Sheets & Study Guides for Teachers

Cue Sheets and Study Guides are created for teachers to prepare their students before attending a school matinee. They are intended to provide background information on the artists, the art form, any geographical, demographic, or cultural information that would enhance students’ understanding of the performance.

Dance for Parkinson's

The Sacramento and Davis Dance for Parkinson’s program is now being managed by Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre. For more information on classes, contact Robin Carlson at

SHAPE (Science, Humanities and Arts: Process and Engagement), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,  links science and engineering, together with the arts and humanities in set of undergraduate courses. With the support of the Mondavi Center, performing artists actively engage with course curriculum though artistic residencies and a culminating public performance. 

Sensory-Friendly Performances

The Mondavi Center occasionally offers sensory-friendly experiences for children and adults on the autism spectrum. These special events feature adaptations to make everyone feel comfortable, such as:

  • Relaxed arts experience where it is okay to talk and move about during the performance
  • Pre-visit story guide
  • Softer lighting and music
  • Hands-on exploration
  • Quiet room

See a sample pre-visit story guide here: ​February 24, 2018 - FREE Sensory Friendly Curtis Institute Performance - Pre-Visit Guide

To receive information about future sensory-friendly offerings, email Arts Education Coordinator Jennifer Mast at

Thank you to our Arts Education Sponsors

John & Eunice Davidson Fund

California Arts Council

Les and Mary Stephens Dewall

MC Friends K-12 Arts Education Fund


Contact Us

Ruth Rosenberg
Director of Arts Education and Artist Engagement

School Matinee Ticket questions:

Group Sales Coordinator

Other School Matinee questions:

Jennifer Mast
Business Services and Arts Education Coordinator


Support Us

Michael D. Weagraff
Development Manager