UD Announces 2020-2021 Live at Heritage Center SchoolBus Performance Series

Apr 8, 2020

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque is excited to announce the 2020-2021 Live at Heritage Center SchoolBus Performance Series. The season will again include programs connected to STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. 

The season will kick off Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, and run through Friday, May 14, 2021. It will include nine programs that feature nationally touring professional guest artists. Performances were selected to complement classroom curriculum with creative and imaginative learning, critical thinking opportunities, and live performance experiences. Study guides are available to integrate performance topics into classroom activities.

Launched in 2014, SchoolBus is an annual daytime field trip program for public, private, homeschool, and accredited preschool and daycare groups with students ages 4 and older.

The performances will be held in John and Alice Butler Hall or Babka Theatre in Heritage Center, with bus access and parking. Most performances are about one hour and include a question-and-answer period.

Online reservation request forms are available at www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter/schoolbus. Admission is $6.00 to $8.00 per seat, depending on the quantity purchased and an offering of one free admission for every 15 seats purchased. Seats are discounted by $1.00 if reservations are received by Friday, June 19, 2020.

One performance, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Young People’s Concert at 9:45 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2021, will be free. Advance reservations are still required; first come, first served. The presentation is made possible through the Columbus Symphony residency at Heritage Center, by the generous support of Joseph (C’68) and Linda Chlapaty.

The Iowa Arts Council offers School Arts Experience grants ranging from $200 to $1,000 to support costs associated with a field trip to an arts event, such as transportation or ticket costs. Grants are awarded based on funding priorities. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2020, for arts activities taking place July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021. For more information, visit www.iowaartscouncil.org and click “Grants.”


Monday, Jan. 25 – 12:15 p.m.: The BFG, performed by GreatWorks Theatre Co.

Monday, Feb. 1 – 12:30 p.m.: Warriors Don’t Cry, performed by TheaterWorksUSA

Wednesday, Feb. 3 – 9:45 a.m.: It’s Okay to Be Different, performed by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Monday, Feb. 22 – 9:45 a.m.: Ben Franklin and His Kite, performed by Virginia Rep on Tour

Monday, March 22 – 9:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.: Bill Blagg’s The Science of Magic

Thursday, April 8 – 12:15 p.m.: Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends, performed by TheaterWorksUSA

Monday, April 19 – 9:45 a.m.: The Giver, performed by GreatWorks Theatre Co.

Tuesday, April 20 – 12:15 p.m.: Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School, performed by TheaterWorksUSA

Friday, May 14 – 9:45 a.m.: Columbus Symphony Orchestra Young People’s Concert

For more information, contact Victoria Molle, director of audience services at Heritage Center, at 563.589.3432 or vmolle@dbq.edu.

* Updated Tuesday, June 16, 2020