The powerful musical presence of “Hamilton” will bring history to life for 3,900 high school students and teachers this month through an innovative educational program and foundation subsidies.
Attendees from 59 area high schools who have spent the past several weeks learning about Alexander Hamilton and the nation’s Founding Fathers, through a special integrated curriculum, will see a matinee performance of “Hamilton” for $10 each through the generous support of local foundations and sponsors.
The Hamilton Education Program was developed by James G. Basker, president of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, in conjunction with Hamilton creator and producer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Seller, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Basker said the project is transformative.
“ ‘Hamilton’ has struck a chord with our nation’s students because it embodies what great history education is all about: bringing the past to life and fostering connections with the exceptional individuals and moments that have made us who we are,” Basker said. “This program empowers students to reclaim their own narrative and teachers to bridge classroom learning with the stage.”
The ticket price subsidies, which enable the students and teachers to see the matinees for $10, were provided by: The Max M. and Majorie Fisher Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the William Davidson Foundation; The Kresge Foundation; the Marshall Mathers Foundation; the Royce Family Fund; and SMZ Advertising, Inc.