Fox Cities P.A.C. Welcomes 400,000th Student

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is thrilled to announce that it will welcome the 400,000th student to the Center during the Amcor Education Series performance of ArtsPower’s Production of Chicken Dance in February.
“Each year, the Education Series fills our theater and warms our hearts as students from throughout Northeast Wisconsin and beyond watch their classroom lessons come to life on stage,” said Fox Cities P.A.C. president Maria Van Laanen. “The magic of seeing a student who understands a new lesson or theme after seeing it in a new way – that’s exciting every time, even at number 400,000.”
The Amcor Education Series offers weekday, matinee performances appropriate for school-aged students in grades PreK-12. Each performance compliments Wisconsin Academic Standards and is designed to accommodate a wide variety of programs, grade levels and subject areas to incorporate the live performing arts into the curriculum. In addition to music and dance, subjects like math, science, literature and social studies come to life on stage. To ensure the children’s safety, tickets for this series are only available to public and private school educators, state-licensed family or group childcare centers and registered homeschools.
“I have been bringing groups of students to the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center since it opened and I have found it to be an incredibly valuable experience every time,” said Abby Schmidt, choir teacher at Winneconne High School. “It encourages them to think about the value that creating art and sharing it with each other can have for their lives and allows them to experience things they would not see at home. It helps them make connections to our curriculum in new and exciting ways.”
On average, more than 24,000 students experience learning through the arts each year at an Amcor Education Series performance. Tickets are significantly subsidized and are offered from $5-$7 per student and a complimentary chaperone ticket is provided for every 15 students. Scholarship tickets are available to both individual students and full classes that could not otherwise attend due to financial limitations, making it possible for the arts to come alive for all.
“It is an opportunity for many of these children to see a live performance which they may not get in their everyday life,” said Judy Seibel, child care services director for the Neenah-Menasha YMCA, “I am so thankful that I live and work in a community that supports the arts and children.”
We are thrilled to be sharing this milestone with so many educators around Northeastern Wisconsin and beyond who have been a part in reaching this milestone. To learn more about the Amcor Education Series, visit
Amcor is proud to serve as the title partner of the Amcor Education Series. Additional community support for the series provided by Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Miller Electric and Schneider Foundation. Additional support for individual performances provided by: Ameriprise Home and Auto Insurance, Associated Bank, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, Bergstrom Automotive, O.C. and Pat Boldt, Robert and Patricia Endries Family Foundation, Ltd., Faith Technologies, Grant Thornton LLP, Great Northern Corporation, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin, JETA Corporation, Johnson Financial Group, Menasha Corporation Foundation, David, Kim and Max Ritzow, Tom and Mary Schmidt, Seifert Family, Mary A. Strange, Wells Fargo and Willis Tower Watson. The series is also supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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