New Name. Same Passion. Broadway Center for the Performing Arts is now Tacoma Arts Live

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Civil Rights Legacy Tour

Tacoma Arts Live touring shows are celebrating the sixth year of original touring productions that honor the legacy of civil rights leaders and encourage civic responsibility among young learners. These touring shows have reached over 60,000 youth at schools throughout Pierce County, South King, and South Kitsap Counties.


Ruby Bridges

The year is 1960 and six-year old Ruby is braving hate and racism as she becomes the first child to integrate into a public school. This new play explores what Ruby’s first days would have been like as the only student in the classroom because the white families would not let their children attend class with her. Follow Ruby’s journey as she develops a special bond with her teacher Mrs. Henry and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s grows in intensity from the experience of Ruby, to Rosa Parks, and lunch counter sit-ins.

Tour Dates Available:
January 7 - January 30, 2019

Single Tour Assembly: $1,100
Two Assemblies: $1,200

Partnering School Assembly:

$750 each - Partner with another school to host one assembly at each school on the same day.

Book your assembly today!

Contact Katie Lappier, Director of Education at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 253.573.2518

Ruby Bridges Study Material (intro) 

Ruby Bridges Study Material Elementary (K-3) (K-6) 

Ruby Bridges Study Material Secondary (7-12 Lesson plan) (7-12 worksheet) (9-12)


Common Core Connections:

CCR Anchor standards K-12
  • Knowledge of Language
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.3
      Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
CCR Anchor standards K-12
  • Integrate and Evaluate
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7
      Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
CCR Anchor standards K-12
  • Comprehension and Collaboration
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1
      Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expression their own clearly and persuasively.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2
      Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.3
      Evaluate speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.