Education

Our Purpose

To provide access to the arts and arts education for the entire community. Generation NEXT removes barrier to arts participation by providing a diverse range of free cultural, educational and artistic experiences to more than 60,000 annually. 

The Arts: 

  • Reach students in ways that they are not otherwise being reached.
  • Connect students to themselves and each other.
  • Transform the environment for learning. 
  • Provide learning opportunities for the adults in the lives of young people. 
  • Provide new challenges for those students already considered successful. 
  • Connect learning experience to the real world. 

Current Programs

  • School Time Performances
    In partnership with Tobin Center Resident Companies. The Tobin Center showcases classical music and literature based performances for elementary through high school students from all sixteen (16) local school districts. 
  • Family Theater Series
    Popular touring shows and award winning national touring theater companies that introduce families to the performing arts. 
  • Artist Interaction
    Lectures, master classes, theater workshops, in-school performances, and audience talk backs are presented for students and audiences from all socio-economic backgrounds. 
  • Sensory-Friendly Performances
    Matinee performances for individuals diagnosed with an autism disorder or other sensory sensitivity in an environment that suits their specific needs. 
  • Free Community Engagement Programming
    Engagement programs for everyone including an annual open house, pop-up performances, performance simulcasts on the Will Naylor Smith Plaza, H-E-B Cinema on the Plaza, and University Health System Fitness on the Plaza. 
  • Teacher Professional Development
    The Tobin Center provides professional training for classroom teachers on integrating the arts into curriculum areas as an approach to teaching core subjects. In this way, the arts leverage learning in other STEM Subject areas including student success, engagement, and test scores. 

Ways to Give.

Here are the ways to support The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Generation NEXT Education Initiative:

Donate Now - The Tobin Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit-organization. Charitable donations, from loyal donors and arts advocates like you, help The Tobin Center enrich, inspire and fuel the San Antonio community through diverse programming and free and accessible events. Join us in our mission to provide access to the arts and arts education to the entire community by making a gift today.  

Text to Donate - Text Kids to 2108798605 to Donate now from your mobile device. 

The Tobin Center's Benefit Concert Gala  - This annual event benefits The Tobin Center's Generation NEXT Education Initiative with a mission to provide access to the arts for the entire community. Whether you come for the Benefit Concert or make it a full night of dining and entertainment, your attendance at this event helps bring the arts to all in San Antonio, and ensures an unforgettable experience!

Shop & Share for a Cause - Remember to use Amazon Smile this holiday season (and all year, too) when shopping online and be sure to share the site with friends and family, too. You'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price in your honor to The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts when you select us as your charity of choice. Select Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation to give to The Tobin Center. 

Your gifts support Generation NEXT programs centered on the following goals:

  • Introduce youth to all genres of the performing arts.
  • Provide access to the performing arts to those who could not otherwise attend.
  • Support arts education through performances that inspire, enrich and educate youth.
  • Present professional development for classroom teachers on integrating the arts into STEM curriculum areas, increasing student understanding, engagement, and success. 

For more information on Education, please contact [email protected]