The Newman Center provides students in grades 3 through 12 with an opportunity to learn about incredible artists from around the world. Free educational, digital modules are provided online. These modules are rooted specifically in standards for grades 3, 6 and 9, but can be easily adapted to other grade levels.

Students experience a variety of cultures and learn the importance and impact of the arts. Students discover connections between the performing arts and core subjects.

In-classroom modules are created in collaboration with local teaching artists through a partnership with Think 360 Arts for Learning. By connecting with local artists from the Denver metro area, students find relevance to their own lives and communities.

Think 360 artists reflect a variety of experiences and identities, adding to the richness of the diversity, equity, and inclusivity component of these modules. These modules can serve as a springboard to live in-person student matinee performances featuring artists from the Newman Center Presents series or can be used as an engaging standalone experience in the classroom. See below for more details and registration for the concert or to the free curriculum modules.

Student matinee performances begin at 10:15 AM and last approximately one hour. Tickets: $5/$3 for Title I schools.

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Student Matinees for the 2022-23 Season

Orquesta Akokán Tuesday, October 4, 2022 10:15 AM
Straight out of Havana, Cuba Orquesta Akokán, a blazing ensemble of deeply soulful mambo reminiscent of Benny Moré, Pérez Prado, and banda gigante of the 1940s and 50s, will bring to Denver their robust, time-tested musical architectures of son cubano and mambo, honored and modernized through a synthesis of the rich compositional styles of Havana, New York, and beyond. Please note, this performance will take place at East High School.


ArtistiCO Wednesday, December 7, 2022 10:15 AM

Founded by José Rosales & Alfonso Meraza Prudente, former principal soloists of the internationally renowned Ballet Folklórico De México de Amalia Hernández in Mexico City, Denver-based ArtistiCO is a platform created as a bridge to connect professional artists to the community through dance. ArtistiCO’s work is deeply rooted in the traditions of Baile Folklórico with an eye toward Latin American and global dance traditions. 


Manuel Cinema Presents: Leonardo and Sam: The Film!

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 10:15 AM 

Adapted from the beloved children’s books by Mo Willems, and realized through mind-bending puppetry, DIY cinema, music, and an original score by critically acclaimed multimedia artists Manual Cinema, Leonardo & Sam tells the story of a monster who longs to be scary and the big decisions about identity and empathy that we all must make.


Mingus Big Band Friday, April 7, 2023 10:15 AM

Mingus Big Band has celebrated the music of composer/bassist Charles Mingus since 1991. This 14-piece band can be heard in the prestigious venues of New York City and around the world.  The Mingus Big Band has featured some of the most renowned jazz artists in the NYC scene and has six Grammy nominations to its credit. This incredible presentation of the innovative work of Mingus is not to be missed! 


Student Matinee Performance Q&A

Once you have completed your registration form online, the Education team from Newman Center will email you to confirm your attendance. From there, the Box Office will send an invoice. All payment is due 30 days prior to the performance.

Payment will be due within 30 days of the invoice date.

Title I student tickets are $3. Please email for further information.

You will be contacted to confirm details of the ticket request. If you do not receive a response within one week, please email

Changes must be made one month prior to the performance. Invoices will then be generated at this time, and schools will be responsible for payment based on the final order. After this time, no changes or refunds will be allowed. Submit change requests to

Yes, the Newman Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2344 East Iliff Avenue in Denver. The Newman Center parking garage is located immediately south of the Newman Center at University and Wesley. A free parking pass will be provided to Student Matinee Series audiences.

Yes, we have easily accessible bus loading and parking available. We will arrange details when confirming your ticket reservation.

The bus driver will park in a designated lot. In order for your bus driver to attend the performance, email

There is space on a limited basis to eat inside after the performance and ample space outside. For requests, please email

All performances are wheelchair accessible and assisted listening devices are available. Please let us know in advance if your students will be requiring special seating, personal captioning devices, or any other assistance to make your visit more enjoyable. Your school must provide interpreters for deaf students, unless otherwise noted.

Only under very extreme circumstances will we cancel a performance. In the event that we cancel a performance, we will make every effort to schedule your students for a future performance.

Turn off all cell phones, watch alarms, and any electronic devices before entering the theatre.

Food, gum, beverages, and backpacks are not allowed in the theatre. We ask that these items be left at school or on the bus. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

For students bringing lunch to eat on campus, lunches may be brought into the performance hall, but must not be opened or consumed until classroom is at its lunch location.

Teachers and chaperones should watch students at all times. Damage to the theatre, lobby or exterior will be billed in full back to the school.


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