A.C.T.S. Fund Drive

Our 2018 Fund Drive is now complete and the result was an outstanding $9,000 in total combined gifts!  That’s 1,125 students attending Norton Center matinees for FREE during our 2018-2019 performing arts season.

Coinciding with National and Local Teacher Appreciation Week, the Norton Center hosted its first ever A.C.T.S. Fund Drive with all proceeds to benefit regional students during the Norton Center’s upcoming 2018-2019 Student Matinee Series.

Two-thirds of public school teachers believe that the arts are being crowded out of the school day. Our goal is to ensure that all children, no matter their financial circumstances, have access to the arts.  Since A.C.T.S. began, nearly 9,000 regional students have had access to FREE arts experiences as a result of the A.C.T.S. program.

And with YOUR help, we have the capacity to do so much more.


What is A.C.T.S. ?

In 2012, in response to local educators sharing that they wanted to bring their classes to student matinees but could not, and would not, place the FINANCIAL BURDEN of ticket prices onto their students or their families, the Norton Center developed the Arts for the Classroom Ticket Subsidy, or A.C.T.S. program, as a way to increase access to the arts for the most in need throughout our region.

The A.C.T.S. program makes available a number of free or deeply discounted tickets, based on qualifying criteria, to public schools in Kentucky to provide access for students to attend and engage in high quality and professional performing arts programs presented on our stages.  Norton Center A.C.T.S. helps to maximize attendance and provide access to these crucial life-enhancing experiences for Kentucky youth by greatly reducing financial barriers.


How YOU Can Help


recent FEEDBACK from area educators

“In performances like this, education and entertainment intertwine, allowing for authentic learning to occur. Our students prepared for the performance using the materials created by the Norton Center and through pre/post discussions and writing assignments explored the standards-based artistic processes of responding to a work of art and connecting with a work of art.”

“All of the elements that they had been discussing in class were demonstrated in the performance; allowing them [the students] to make connections.”

“I LOVED that it was interactive and that [the artist] really engaged the kids on a level common to us all.   It was one of the best extracurricular things we’ve done this year!“

“I am so appreciative that the Norton Center is so close and offers events for the schools.  Whoever is the benefactor of the ticket subsidy, please extend my heartiest thank you.”

DID YOU KNOW?  We don’t just support teachers by subsidizing arts experiences outside of the classroom!  The Norton Center ALSO provides curriculum guides geared specifically to each student matinee program that meet National and State Standards for teaching IN the classroom.

To top it all off, 100% of educators surveyed said they plan to bring students back to the Norton Center in the future and 100% said they NEEDED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE to bring their entire class.  


5 reasons the arts are ESSENTIAL to education

1 | creativity

This may seem like a no-brainer, but the arts allow kids to express themselves better than math or science. As the Washington Post says, in an arts program, your child may be asked to recite a monologue in 6 different ways, create a painting that represents a memory, or compose a new rhythm to enhance a piece of music. If children have practice thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future careers.

2 | lifelong lessons

Practice makes perfect, small differences can have large effects, collaboration leads to creativity: all are lessons learned through the arts and each has a lasting impact on a student’s ability to succeed in and out of the classroom.

3 | higher overall achievement 

PBS explains that young people who participate regularly in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.

4 | long term success for low-income students

Low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are twice as likely to graduate college as their peers with no arts education.

5 | critical thinking

The arts strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills. How do I express this feeling? How should I play this character? Learning how to access choices and make decisions carries over into all facets of a child’s emotional, physical, and mental development.


Thank You for Your Support!