Class Acts Education Program is presented by The Mahaffey at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts with support from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Arts Council, the City of St. Petersburg, the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts Benefiting The Mahaffey Theater, The Robert S. & Mildred M. Baynard Charitable Trust Classroom Scholarship Program and Big 3 Entertainment. Class Acts is a program of Mayor’s Mentors & More.
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The Class Acts Community Arts Program strives to deepen arts knowledge, integrate and enhance the curriculum, invigorate social service themes and offer professional development in various arts disciplines.

The Class Acts Community Arts Program is pleased to offer unique and quality arts experiences in the theater, local schools and community organizations. This program places trained, professional artists who are enthusiastic and motivated in settings where they can connect with the concept of that environment and encourage the participants toward a deeper connection with the arts. Teaching artists are sensitive to the needs of each audience/workshop base and to the potential that lies within each individual participant. The mission is to enhance learning and broaden world view. The Class Acts Community Arts Program strives to deepen arts knowledge, invigorate social service themes, integrate and enhance the curriculum and offer professional development in various arts disciplines.


The Class Acts Community Arts Program extends into countywide school and community organizations with a deep and wide range of arts education experiences. From one day to several months long, Class Acts residencies, workshops and master classes occur in the areas of the literary arts, dance, classical music, international music, opera, world culture, storytelling, improvisation and theater etiquette.

Program Overview

▪ Family Programming
▪ Performances for Special Audiences
▪ Artist Residencies in the Schools
▪ Workshops & Master Classes
▪ Professional Development for Arts Students & Teachers
▪ Adult Education Events

"Thank you so much for the wonderful Cavani String Quartet Residency. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful partnership with Class Acts at the Mahaffey Theater. We would not have been able to bring such a prestigious ensemble to our schools without your help."

Jeanne W. Reynolds
Supervisor, PreK12 Music/Theater
Pinellas County Schools

"Dear Ms. Maria (of Moscow Ballet), I hope you have a joyful time in St. Petersburg , FL. I never knew so much about Russia . I never even new that there was another St. Pete!"

3rd grade student
Pinellas County Schools

North Shore 5th grade students evaluate their Literary Residency with Teaching Artist Nan Colton:

“I learned to express myself in my writing.”

“I learned about other people, other times, other lands. It was so wonderful!”

“Now I can add more detail and write from a different perspective!”

“That what is essential is invisible to the eye!”

"It was wonderful that you could get such a distinguished group (Cavani String Quartet) to come coach us. ….Probably a once in a lifetime experience (unless of course, they come back…wink)"

Stephanie G.
Strad String Quartet (student quartet)

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