The purpose of the Performing Arts Initiative (PAI) is simple: to enhance student access to the performing arts. We’re especially interested in reaching students who don’t traditionally have equal access. The PAI focuses on music, theater, comedy, dance, magic, and animals–and we’re always looking for new ideas.
The PAI can often negotiate discounted prices as we bundle performances and are flexible with dates and times. Performances usually take place at schools and are typically subsidized and occasionally free. Some special events take place at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts and other local venues – the PAI pays for bus transportation to these events.
The Olympia School District Education Foundation supports this project with an annual grant.
Examples of our partner performing artists and venues: Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia Family Theater, The 5th Avenue Theater, The Broadway Center, The Pacific Science Center, JBLM, Emerald City Music, Ballet Northwest, Pink Martini, Eric Ode, Black Violin, Kahulanui, Tiempo Libre, and Las Cafeteras.