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For nearly 75 years, the Tower Theatre has served as a hub of cultural expression, a place of social connection and a venue for artistic experience.  The key to creating a vibrant future for the arts is passing the love of it on to the next generation. 


The Tower Theatre Foundation’s award-winning education and outreach programs known as LessonPLAN (Performing Live Arts Now), has connected nearly 13,000 students to performing arts in Central Oregon since it began in 2011. Students and teachers from public, private, and home school groups throughout Central Oregon are invited to attend matinee performances and in-school assemblies. Throughout the school year, LessonPLAN presents performances by local, regional, national, and international artists to inspire and engage students. Matinee performances and in-school assemblies represent a variety of arts disciplines and are specifically designed for young audiences of all ages. Supporting curriculum related materials are sent to participating teachers to prepare students for the performances.

LessonPLAN programs engage young minds, enrich their educational experience and build a love for performing arts. Each year thousands of students will have the opportunity to experience unforgettable art experiences. Thanks to grants, the generosity of our donors, and The Stover Fund, participating schools are offered these performances at a minimal charge.

Information about the LessonPLAN season is sent out to all Central Oregon schools in the Fall and throughout the school year.  Requests from schools are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as seats are available. For more information please contact The Tower Theatre Foundation’s Education Coordinator Mollie Tennant.

2016-2017 LessonPLAN Education Series

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The Stover Fund, named in honor of Bend benefactors “Dutch” and Ruth Stover, makes it possible for the Tower to engage the Central Oregon schools and community in opportunities in arts education at minimal to no cost to students. For decades, Dutch and Ruth Stover were beloved influential leaders in Bend with an unsurpassed passion for young people, family theatre and the arts.

We would love for you to partner with us in improving the lives of Central Oregon students through the arts.  Please consider donating through the Stover Fund today. You can make your tax-deductible gift to our education outreach programs online.  


Mollie Tennant 
Education Coordinator