children's programs

Each year, The Town Hall hosts performances for approximately 125,000 children from all five boroughs of New York City. Programs include Town Hall productions and those by Theatreworks/USA and other producers of children's theatre. Over the past thirty years more than one million children have been to a Town Hall show, and for many this was their first experience of live performance. Town Hall programs feature top-quality performances in music, dance, and theatre.

Town Hall's Free Morning Performances
The Town Hall invites children in New York City public school grades 3-8 to attend Children's Morning Performances at the Hall, free of charge. Programs are designed to enlighten, educate and entertain schoolchildren. To help teachers integrate the program into class studies, we send them study guides that provide information about each performance and the art form, together with suggested classroom activities.

The season of Children's Morning Performances includes the Black History Month Festival performances. Children who attend Black History Month performances also participate in an essay and poster contest based on the show, to help them think more critically about the performance, as well as provide a creative outlet for their experience.

Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, Inc. has supported the Black History Month Festival performances for the past several years. Our partnership with Con Ed was recognized in June 2003 with the Arts & Business Council Encore Award, which recognizes a business and an arts organization that have successfully collaborated on a project that exemplifies the spirit of cooperation, collaboration and creativity.

For a listing of The Town Hall's free Children's Morning Performances, click here.

The Town Hall/Con Edison Black History Month Celebration Poster/Essay Contest Winners