Citi Performing Arts Center is a nonprofit innovator and steward of iconic venues, providing arts, entertainment, cultural, and educational experiences to the greater community.


For Schools,For Teaching Artists

In collaboration with Boston Public Schools, the Education Department conducts artist residencies focusing on the performing arts. Teaching Artists conduct an in-depth residency with students culminating in a performance sharing at the school. At a time when arts dollars are being cut from school budgets, the Education Department at Citi Performing Arts Center strives to fill the gap in arts education and to play a leadership role in arts program delivery and resource coordination.

Since the fall of 2010, Citi Performing Arts Center partnered with Boston Public Schools in the "Target Arts Program," an artist residency and ticket access program generously funded by a grant to the BPS from the Target Corporation. The goal of the program was to improve school success, engage families and strengthen community by providing access to Boston's rich offerings of music, dance, visual arts, theater and cultural events. More than 2,000 students in selected schools gained greater exposure to Boston's theater district through the residencies and associated ticket access.

For more information please call, 617-532-1256



For Young People,For Schools,For Community Groups

City Spotlights High School Internship Program is an excellent opportunity for energetic and creative students aged 14-19 with an interest in the performing arts and working with the community, theater companies, professional teaching artists, students, teachers and families. This program offers a variety of responsibilities and learning experiences, including joining an ensemble of peers led by a performing arts professional to create an original performance piece; contributing to the creation and implementation of community workshops and performances; communicating with teaching artists, workshop participants, and theater company managers; increasing knowledge of professional job readiness skills and resources; and working cooperatively and collaboratively with members of Citi Performing Arts Center’s education staff on large-scale projects and administrative tasks.

This internship includes acting training, cultivating an ensemble, teaching workshops and participating in classes focused on professional development and job readiness skills. In the spring, interns join a Neighborhood Ensemble to further examine personal stories and the stories of residents from a City Spotlights featured neighborhood and perform with the Ensemble on stage as part of City Spotlights. Participants will also lead Interactive Performance Workshops in and around Boston neighborhoods. Fall and spring session participants receive a small stipend for their work in this program.

There is an interview and application process for this program. To apply for the City Spotlights High School Internship, please contact or call 617-532-1256.




For Schools,For Community Groups

Each year, the SpectrumBoston Ticket Access Program serves more than 150 Community Partners. In 2009-2010, our SpectrumBoston Access Fund provided over 2,800 tickets for children and families to experience world-class talent on our stages. Ticket recipients are from communities that would not otherwise have the opportunity or the funding to share in a singular, unforgettable moment in live performance. The Education Department typically distributes a study guide to the Community Partners to prepare their groups for the performance.

To become a Community Partner, please call 617-532-1256.
To support the SpectrumBoston Access Fund, please call 617-532-1289.


Watch a video about City Spotlights Summer Leaders and their performances throughout the city. Watch more videos like this one in our Media Gallery.

Thank you and your organization for letting our daughters participate. As part of the South Boston Neighborhood Ensemble they were exposed to people and experiences that will help them grow as individuals."

Parent of City Spotlights Participants