Martinsville, Virginia


Piedmont Arts Programs Bring Laughter, Learning to Local Schools

Piedmont Arts Programs Bring Laughter, Learning to Local Schools

Piedmont Arts hosted three arts education programs last month, serving 2,000 students in Martinsville and Henry County schools. These programs were offered free-of-charge to local schools as part of the museum's educational outreach program.

On April 19 and 26, Brass 5’s "Why Music?" took students in kindergarten through fifth grade on a musical adventure, exploring how music impacts us every day through communication, celebration, mourning, and entertainment. Students sang at the top of their lungs along with the ensemble and enjoyed every moment of this interactive assembly. This program served students at Meadowview, Stanleytown, Campbell Court, and Sanville elementary schools.

On April 20, preschool students enjoyed a spring-inspired performance by Carlisle School’s Zip Zap Zop theatrical troupe as part of Piedmont Arts’ Preschool in the Galleries program. This free program designed to engage preschool students through the arts. 

April 21 and 22, students in kindergarten through fifth grade celebrated Earth Day with Barefoot Puppet Theatre’s performance, "Galapagos George," a silly re-telling based on the true story of Lonely George, the last of his species of Galapagos Tortoise. Students learned about the unique animals that call the Galapagos Islands their homes and the impact that human visitors have had on their populations. Students bopped along with catchy, original music, while helping George and his friends along on their journey. This program served students at Mount Olivet, Axton, and Rich Acres elementary schools, and the Collinsville YMCA after-school program.

Piedmont Arts is a nonprofit art museum in Martinsville, Virginia that inspires and engages the diverse Martinsville-Henry County community and surrounding areas through visual arts, performing arts and arts education. Piedmont Arts is a statewide partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Piedmont Arts programming is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Piedmont Arts is located at 215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville. Museum hours are Tuesday – Friday from 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. Admission is free. Learn more at