Gallagher Bluedorn reaches 500,000 students with Kaleidoscope Series for Youth

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center proudly reached 500,000 students experiencing the arts through the Kaleidoscope Series for Youth during the 2016-17 season since opening its doors in 2000.

Kaleidoscope Series for Youth

The Kaleidoscope Series strives to provide youth with multiple opportunities to experience a wide range of performing arts. Students have the option to participate in a play, music or dance based on a literature book, a part of history or social issues such as bullying, poverty or body image. Fifty-six percent of Iowa counties have attended the series since 2000, and approximately 35,000 students are served each year. Gallagher Bluedorn has presented shows in rural communities, providing access to performing arts experience to schools that aren't able to travel to Cedar Falls.

Kaleidoscope's live performances foster deeper understanding of content, enhance literacy and inform the development of character and citizenship. This program also helps unite people from all walks of life, and bring them together to perform live theatre.

Since 2003, the Kaleidoscope Series has always been "A Buck a Kid." Every performance is $1 per student. This gives students the liberty to experience live performance even though schools have less and less funding for learning opportunities outside the classroom.

Tickets are on sale for the 2017-18 season; visit for more information, or contact Amy Hunzelman, director of education and outreach for the Gallagher Bluedorn, at 319-273-3679 or


Amy Hunzelman, director of education and outreach, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 319-273-3679,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,