Through our commitment to artistic excellence, collaboration and inclusion, the Harris Theater’s community engagement and education programs seek to deepen understanding of the arts and our world. We inspire people of all ages and communities, and nurture the next generation of artists and audiences.


  • Access Tickets Program | Promoting access to the arts for Chicago residents of all ages, communities, abilities, by providing underwritten performance tickets across 36 partner organizations
  • Arts Education Partnerships | Connecting Chicago’s most gifted young musicians and dancers with the master artists appearing on the Harris stage through master classes, artist talks, and performance opportunities
  • Resident Company Capacity-Building Support | Nurturing the 35 not-for-profit music and dance organizations who call the Harris home through Learning Lab professional development workshops and the Resident Resources online toolkit 

“I know the students were inspired… I can see some modeling of the behavior of the musicians and can also see they view the musicians as role models which will help them set goals. I’ve already seen it in the lessons. This is changing lives!”

- Merit School of Music Instructor
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