Title I Arts Education Program

Our professional children’s production is a holiday tradition including ten free performances for over 2,000 Title I schoolchildren, and discounted performances for non-Title I schools. Through the Title I Arts Education Program, SLAC works with teachers who help create a free online study guide. The guide is available for schools and students who can connect their reading to the performance as they prepare for their visits. This process connects the theatre directly to the elementary school curriculum. 

In its 11th year, SLAC’s Title I Arts Education Program served over 2,000 children from 16 Title I schools (where 85% of students come from low-income homes) in Salt Lake City and Granite School Districts. These students and their teachers were able to see PETE THE CAT free of charge, offering many of them their first-ever theatrical experience.

“For most of the children, it was their first exposure to live theatre. They were given the opportunity to see their favorite book characters come to life. They were able to learn about how a play is made, how much work is put into making a play, the different community helpers who help with the play and be entertained by very talented performers. Now, they want to read and write all about Pete the Cat. Their comprehension has dramatically improved and many of their side conversations are centered around Pete the Cat and their experience at the play.” -Dona Schlappi | 1st grade, Jackling Elementary

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Pete the Cat Final Report

Study Guide for Students and Teachers

Thanks to the generosity of the following local businesses and foundations, 2,108 Title I students attended PETE THE CAT. We are deeply grateful for their support!

  • BW Bastian Foundation
  • Henry W. & Leslie M. Eskuche Foundation
  • Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation
  • Mark Miller Subaru
  • Rocky Mountain Power Foundation
  • Salt Lake City Arts Council
  • Utah Division of Arts and Museums
  • US Bank Foundation
  • Salt Lake County Zoo Arts and Parks Program

If you are interested in sponsoring this vital program, please contact Erika Ahlin, Director of Development: 801-363-7522 or

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