Education and Engagement

The Whiting is proud to offer a variety of education and engagement activities to community groups, teachers, and students. Our list of educational opportunities is continually growing and provides lifelong learning programs to Genesee County and beyond that includes music, culture, language, or theater activities with touring and local performers.

Arts Midwest World Fest (World Music)
Sofi & the Baladis from Israel
October 8th - 12th, 2018

Thursday October 11, 2018
Public Concert @ The Capitol Theatre 7:00pm

Workshops take place off campus in classrooms or at local organizations
All Ages

Sofi & the Baladis, a five-member ensemble led by singer Sofi Tsedaka, features soulful and richly textured performances of an array of musical traditions that lie at the heart of Israel’s diverse and historic cultures.


Hocus Focus with Kevin Spencer

October 22-25, 2018
January 14-17, 2019
April 29-May 2, 2019

Workshops take place off campus in classrooms or at local organizations
All Ages

Hocus Focus activities combine education and imagination to help children improve their abilities in planning, sequencing, organizing tasks and movements, fine motor skills, gross motor function/coordination, concentration, memory skills, communication, social behaviors and more.

Kevin will visit special education and inclusive classrooms for 50-minute interactive activities.  Students will learn one or two simple magic tricks designed to improve cognitive, motor, communication, and social skills while developing creativity.  Each activity was developed in alignment with Common Core Standards of Learning.


Dr. Kaboom and The Wheel of Science (Science)

November 30, 2018
10:00am & 12:30pm
3rd-8th grades

So much science, so little time. . .

Doktor Kaboom is having trouble picking his favorite science demonstrations, so he’s bringing them all! Unfortunately there are way too many to do them all in one show.

The solution: The Wheel of Science!
Doktor Kaboom has built a great big spinning wheel and labeled it with everything from optical illusions to chemical reactions to a homemade hovercraft, and more! At least a dozen fantastic demonstrations ready to go. Wherever the wheel stops, that’s what’s next!

Will we turn a water bottle into a rocket or catapult bananas across the stage? Electrocute a pickle or create artificial gravity? Who knows? No two shows will be the same.

So, step right up, and let’s spin that wheel!


Arts Midwest World Fest (World Music)
Ondekoza from Japan

February 4, 2019
Thursday February 7, 2019 – Public Concert @ The Whiting 7:00pm

Workshops take place off campus in classrooms or at local organizations
All Ages

Formed in 1969, Ondekoza are masters of the world-renowned art of taiko drumming. In a performance that is as much dance as drumming, the thundering taiko style must be experienced live.



Freedom Bound (African American History)

February 26, 2019 @ The Whiting
10:00am (school time performance)
7:00pm (public performance)
3rd grade and up

Freedom Bound is an original play with music that tells the tale of the most important incident in the history of the Underground Railroad in Ohio. The show follows the story of Addison White, a slave who escaped from Kentucky and traveled the Railroad north to the small town of Mechanicsburg, OH. There, he was befriended by a farmer named Udney Hyde. He lived in Hyde’s barn, working for his meals by day and learning to read and write with the help of Hyde’s daughter, Amanda, by night. Hyde was a suspected abolitionist, however, and it was not long before Addison was discovered by his former Master. Federal marshals surrounded Hyde’s cabin in the middle of the night. They were prepared to arrest Addison and return him to slavery, but over 100 citizens from Mechanicsburg confronted the marshals and demanded that they set Addison free. Freedom Bound uses drama and music, as well as riddles and rhyme, to create characters that emerge from the past and bring the Underground Railroad to life right before your eyes.


Jack London’s Call of The Wild: Illustrated Edition (Literature)

April 16, 2019
10:00am & 12:30pm
4th grade and up

This multi-media adventure mixes classic story telling with projected illustrations to tell the story of Buck, the magnificent cross-bred offspring of a St. Bernard and Scottish Collie. Kidnapped from his lavish life on a California estate and sent to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold Rush, Buck fights to survive and becomes the most famous dog in the whole history of the northland.



We Shall Overcome
Sunday, February 17, 2019 @ 3PM

Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We Shall Overcome” showcases repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches.





For more information about our education and engagement opportunities or upcoming workshops available to our community, please contact:

Loe'l Shinabarger, Education and Community Engagement Manager
The Whiting
1241 East Kearsley Street
Flint, MI 48503
Phone: (810) 237-7342
Fax: (810) 237-7335

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2018-19 Whiting Education Flyer