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Learn more about our partnerships with PASSPort, The Florida Orchestra, Pinellas Youth Symphony, Clearwater Chorus, and more.

PASSPort to the Arts - School Arts Infusion | Arts & Aging | The Florida Orchestra | Pinellas Youth Symphony | Clearwater Chorus | Eckerd Theater Company | Additional Program Partnerships

PASSport to the Arts

Partners: Skycrest Elementary, Lealman Elementary, St. Paul's School, Eisenhower Elementary and Skyview Elementary
A model for school arts infusion based on the premise that all children benefit from an environment and learning approach which embodies the creative process and nurtures the imagination.  School based, the program brings together teachers, arts educators, teaching artists, and administrators for one common goal - the development of "Empowered Learners".

The Hoffman Institute partners with area elementary schools whose demographic and/or student population are considered underserved, facing demographic and economic challenges yet demonstrate a desire to ensure arts programming for their student population.  If you would like to find out how your school can participate in PASSport to the Arts, you may contact the program coordinator, Nicole Haumesser at (727) 712-2714 or contact us.

Arts & Aging

Arts & AgingPartners: National Center for Creative Aging, Pinellas Arts Council, YMCA of the Suncoast, VSA Arts, Eckerd College, and the cities of Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Largo.

A county-wide endeavor launched in 2009 as part of the national initiative to foster an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging.  Ruth Eckerd Hall hosted Dr. Gene Cohen, a prominent expert and research analyst in the field, as keynote speaker at the 2009 workshop on creative aging and plans to continue expanding this important program. For more information visit

Read the April 2011 Newsletter

The Florida Orchestra

The Florida OrchestraPops, Masterworks, and Coffee Concert Series
Ruth Eckerd Hall has been a home away from home for The Florida Orchestra for over 20 years.  This mutually supportive friendship has made it possible to make available the finest classical music and artists to Tampa Bay residents. For more information visit

The Florida Orchestra events

Pinellas Youth Symphony

Pinellas Youth SymphonyResident Classical Instrumental Program
Founded in 1958, the Symphony's goal is to provide music students with an orchestral experience. In addition to student orchestras, the Pinellas Youth Symphony offers senior-level chamber ensembles coached by musicians from the area's professional orchestras and string instruction - the only organization offering this type of program in Pinellas County.

Audition requirements and registration information are available at or by calling the PYS voicemail (727) 438-3149.

The Florida Orchestra events

Clearwater Chorus

Clearwater ChorusResident Community Choral Program
The Clearwater Chorus, the official adult chorus of Ruth Eckerd Hall, performs a variety of styles from classical to pop and has appeared at the Hall each year since its opening. This season includes two exciting Main Stage concerts as well as other off-site community performances for the Clearwater Chorus.  Audition required.

The Florida Orchestra events

Eckerd Theater Company

Eckerd Theater CompanyRuth Eckerd Hall's own resident production company presents classic adaptations and original plays to young audiences throughout Florida and the eastern United States.  Each performance is focused around a literary piece of work, a societal wrong or a basic lesson in life.  ETC reaches over 60,000 children each year.  For more information visit

The Florida Orchestra events

Additional Program Partnerships

  • Morton Plant Mease Foundation Arts in Medicine
  • VSA Arts Special Projects and Performances
  • Pinellas County School District - Professional Development, New Teacher Orientation, Arts Residencies
  • Pinellas County Sheriff's Youth Ranch - Arts Residencies
  • Pinellas Opera League - Special Projects and Instruction
  • City of Clearwater - Special Projects
  • Homeless Emergency Project (HEP) Special Projects
  • Clearwater Jazz Holiday Jazz Instruction and Residencies
  • Pinellas Education Foundation Walker Scholarship and Finance Park
  • YMCA of the Suncoast Artist Residencies and Instruction
  • Life Force Cultural Arts Academy Special Projects
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