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Education Series

Cultural Arts For Education (CAFE) - Belle Glade Campus


The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center is here to enhance your classroom curriculum by offering performing arts experiences for your students in a safe & accessible manner.

To make reservations or for more information, 
contact Debbie at 561-993-1160 or

Free Virtual Performances!

The following programs will be available to teachers at no cost and with no capacity limit for the virtual programming. Complete this reservation form and scan to the email above.


The Little Red Hen

Available:  Sept. 20 - Oct. 17 only

Grades: K-5  |  Study Guide

“Who’ll help me plant the seed?,” asks the plucky red hen as she begins the process that goes into making a loaf of her delicious bread. “Not us,” say the sheep, the cow, the horse, and the pig. They all have better things to do. But, “ a hen’s gotta do what a hen’s gotta do,” and so our crimson heroine perseveres until her work is done. But, the tricks of the conniving fox combine with the hen’s common sense to add adventure and a sound moral lesson to this classic, feel good, foot-stompin’ country musical.

Curriculum Connections:  DA, ELA, LAFS, MU, TH


Jack and the Beanstalk

Available:  Oct. 18 - Nov. 14 only

Grades: K-5  |  Study Guide

This musical adaptation is a rollicking retelling of the classic fairy tale. Join our modern-day young hero as he uses his imagination to become the famous Jack from the book he is reading.  As he spins the tale of trading the family cow for three magic beans, we watch the giant beanstalk grow and let our imaginations soar as our hero climbs through the clouds to meet an ill-tempered giant, find fabulous treasures and more adventures than you can shake a stalk at.

Curriculum Connections: DA, ELA, LAFS, MU, TH


The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

Available:  Nov. 15 - Dec. 20 only

Grades: K-5  |  Study Guide

When Mandy van Mouse, a big-city music agent, becomes lost while traveling on vacation, she finds herself in the country at the house of Delmer Mouse and his family. Delmer has just asked Jocelyn Mouse to marry him, and the family is happy and celebrating. Will all that change when Mandy van Mouse offers Delmer a shot at fame and fortune in the “big city?” Will Delmer give up Jocelyn and his quiet country life to be a star? Or will Mandy van Mouse decide that she’s not such a city-slicker after all? Your students will love this free-wheeling musical that is sure to have them tapping their toes and giggling.

Curriculum Connections: DA, ELA, LAFS, MU, TH


Chicken Dance

Available:  Sept. 30 - June 30

Grades: PreK-3  |  Study Guide  

Chicken Dance the Musical is ArtsPower’s popular, 55-minute musical based on the multi award-winning book by Tammi Sauer with illustrations by the 2015 Caldecott Award winning artist Dan Santat. Chicken Dance portrays the story of Marge and Lola, two friendly and determined chickens, who set out to win the Barnyard Talent Show and its first prize: two tickets to see the famous rooster Elvis Poultry in concert. The only problem is Marge and Lola can’t figure out their act for the talent show. Mac the Duck, the barnyard bully, is also entered in the show and continually reminds his chicken friends that they have no chance of winning the contest. Elsie, the barnyard’s sweetest and very shy cow, decides that she, too, will compete in the show. Chicken Dance celebrates the power of perseverance to overcome insurmountable odds – and the local bully – in Marge and Lola’s long-shot attempt to win the talent show.

Curriculum Connections: DA, ELA, LAFS, MU, TH


The Monster Who Ate My Peas

Available:  Sept. 30 - June 30

Grades: PreK-3  |  Study Guide

Based on the multi-award-winning book written by Danny Schnitzlein and illustrated by Matthew Faulkner, ArtsPower’s musical tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn’t want to eat his peas. When a crafty monster appears underneath his kitchen table, the boy is ready to make a deal with the monster. If the monster eats his peas, the boy will give the monster any of his possessions. First, it’s the boys’ soccer ball. Then, his bike. But, when the monster raises the stakes, will the boy refuse the monster and make the difficult decision to face his own fears? Children and adults alike will be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about the value of will power.

Curriculum Connections:  DA, ELA, LAFS, MU, TH


Laura Ingalls Wilder

Available:  Sept. 30 - June 30   

Grades: 3-6  |  Study Guide

Laura Ingalls Wilder follows the tomboyish Laura, her older sister Mary, her Ma, and her Pa as they travel across the unsettled frontier of the late-1800s American Midwest.  Many challenges threaten the Ingalls family’s security, including Indian attacks, disease, and devastating crop losses. However, they are able to overcome anything powered by their devotion to each other and an unwavering “pioneering spirit”.

Curriculum Connections:  DA, LAFS, MU, SS, TH


My Heart in a Suitcase

Available:  Sept. 30 - June 30

Grades: 4-8  |  Study Guide

My Heart in a Suitcase is based on the book of the same title by Anne Lehmann Fox, who was a young Jewish girl living in Germany just prior to the outbreak of World War II. Along with 10,000 other children from Nazi-occupied territories, Anne left her country and parents behind in 1938, at the age of 12, to travel on the Kindertransport to England where she survived the war.

My Heart in a Suitcase is a gripping and poignant production that provides viewers with an intimate look into the decision Anne’s parents were forced to make to save their daughter. It portrays how Anne’s life became a struggle to bring meaning out of despair as she tried to cling to hope in a world that was filled with hatred and violence.

Curriculum Connections:  LAFS, SS, TH

Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Service’s Water|Ways

Tuesdays & Thursdays, Jan. 11 - Feb. 24, 2022

        9:30 & 10:45 a.m.  —  Grades:  3 - 12  —  Free!         

Reservations required due to limited space!   Call 561-993-1160

Attendance limited to 40-50 students (1 bus) per time period each day

“Water|Ways, an exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street, explores the relationship between people and water. It explores the centrality of water in our lives including its effect on the environment and climate, its practical role in agriculture and economic planning, and its impact on culture and spirituality.

Lesson plans, poetry lesson plans and a children’s reading list are available.

Curriculum Connections:  LAFS, MU, SC

Water droplet falling into pool of water photo taken by Pakhnyushchy/

Photo: Pakhnyushchy/


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