Opening Nights Education Committee

The Opening Nights Education Committee was formed in 2020 to provide expert support, specialized knowledge, input, and feedback to ensure high-quality delivery of educational programs for a K-12 audience in collaboration with Opening Nights and visiting artists.

The Committee assists Opening Nights in developing educational materials for Opening Nights in Class events and school performances to support the development of artistic understanding and appreciation of K-12 students in our community.

Committee Chair

  • Scott Leaman – Curriculum Developer for LCS Secondary Music

Committee Members

  • Nathan Archer – Director at Florida Center for Reading and Research (FCRR)
  • Sally Ash – Arts Advocate Winner 2021 and Board-Certified Art Therapist
  • Dr. Benny L. Bolden, Jr. – Principal at R. Frank Nims Middle School
  • Ashley Chandler – Art Teacher at Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts
  • Dr. Lakeisha Johnson – Director of The Village at FCRR
  • Brooke Hobbs – Community Volunteer
  • Dr. Christopher Small – Director of Educational Leadership Administration at College of Education
  • Shane Syfrett – LCS Director of Professional Learning
  • Tasha Weinstein – WFSU Education and Engagement Manager


  • Amanda Cole – FSU Multimedia Design Specialist and M.S. Art Education
  • Calla MacNamara – Opening Nights Education and Engagement Manager

If you are interested in joining the Opening Nights Education Committee please email us at

Current Resources

tenThing Brass Ensemble

MOMIX presents Alice


2021-22 Resources

2020-21 Resources

Past Educational Materials

K-12 Educational Materials

Opening Nights in Class series of educational programs provide students and the community with once-in-a-life time opportunities through master classes, workshops, school tours, Q&As, and panels with world-class performers at no cost to participants. Events are designed to educate, illuminate and inspire.

Opening Nights at FSU and Florida Center for Reading Research work closely with our visiting artists to meet the educational needs of our diverse K-12 school communities by creating support material so teachers and students can continue learning in the classroom after the performance.

For more information on the Florida Center for Reading Research, please contact Nathan Archer at

  1. Poster – for teachers to start a classroom discussion before the performance.
  2. Program – for students to have during the performance.
  3. Handout – for students and teachers to complete after the performance.


Hiplet Ballerinas

Shana Tucker

Slocan Ramblers


Barefoot Movement


Graeme James

Mandy Harvey

The New 76ers

Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir

Soweto Gospel Choir