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The Arts Backstage

The Arts Backstage makes careers in the arts accessible to kids who have expressed an interest in, or aptitude for, a career in the arts as nominated by mentors.

Cognizart by MetroArts Inc. provides up to thirty Backstage Kids ages ten to eighteen from underserved communities with behind the scenes access to the people responsible for professional artistic performances including performers, administrators, lighting engineers, costumers, and stage designers.  

Following the behind the scenes tours and informational sessions, Backstage Kids experience how the elements come together by watching an audience-attended performance.   Experiences have included attending Oregon Ballet Theatre’s “Nutcracker” and the Oregon Symphony’s “Batman Live in Concert.”  

Additional experiences are scheduled in February, April, and June.  In July, Backstage Kids ages ten to twelve are offered the opportunity to attend Kids Camp as special ambassadors.  Older Backstage Kids are offered internships at our Kids Camp where they will learn valuable job skills to possibly further a career in the arts.   

For more information, email

Tel: 503-245-4885

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