Touring Shows


For more than 10 years, Tacoma Arts Live has presented original touring productions that honor the legacy of civil rights leaders and encourage civic responsibility among young learners. These touring shows have reached over 150,000 youth at schools throughout Pierce, King, South Kitsap, and Thurston Counties. This series of theatrical works explore the on-going story of civil rights through the experiences of diverse Americans, such as the stories of Martin Luther King Jr and Ruby Bridges, immigration rights, and Japanese American internment during WWII. Bringing to life both history and civics concepts, each play is accompanied by study guides for K-12 students. All productions fulfill the requirements for the January Good Citizen/Temperance recognition.


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Booking is now open for the 2024-25 Civil rights legacy tour

To book your assembly for the 24-25 school year, please contact on or after May 1. 

2024-25 Civil rights legacy tour production:

Ruby Bridges: A Civil Rights Journey

By Milo Mowery

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 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: January 9 – 31, 2025
Single Tour Assembly: $1,200
Two Assemblies at one School: $1,300
Partnering Schools Assembly: $850 each – Partner with another school to host one assembly at each school on the same day.

2024-25 Virtual booking:

Where Blooming Flowers Meet the Sky

By Darryin B. Cunningham

This show follows the story of Zhuli, a young artist writing a new book of poetry. On her artistic journey she is visited by three prominent ancestors from the 1960s civil rights era. Each one gives her a piece of wisdom from their experience, helping her to find her voice.

Virtual Booking: $425 – access to recorded performance and curriculum resources for the month of January

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