The 2017-18 edition of the Western Carolina University “Learning Live!” series, an initiative sponsored by the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center to expose Western North Carolina school children to the arts, will get under way Friday, Sept. 15, with “Jack’s Great American Road Trip.”“Learning Live!” programs, which continue through March 2018, are open only to students in public and charter schools as well as homeschooled children. Tickets are $3 per student. Accompanying teachers receive complimentary admission.The matinee series is designed to introduce younger audiences to the performing arts through high-quality, curriculum-related performances by professional and nationally recognized touring companies that bring literature, history, drama and music to life on stage, said Denise Drury Homewood, executive director of Bardo Arts Center.“Through this series, we are offering low-cost performing arts experiences to K-12 schools in a seven-county service area in Western North Carolina, including Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties as well as the Qualla Boundary,” Drury Homewood said.Up first, “Jack’s Great American Road Trip” is designed especially for children in prekindergarten through fifth grade and showcases the wide variety of people and places that comprise the United States. Performances are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.Other shows in the series:* “Lady of Bullyburg,” an anti-bullying program for grades pre-K through 5, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13.* “The Warriors of AniKituwha,” a program of Cherokee dance, history and culture for grades pre-K through 5, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3.* “Winter Fables,” a holiday-themed literature program for grades pre-K through 5, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15.* “A Game Apart: The Jackie Robinson Story,” for grades 3 through 8, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2.* “Upcycled Cinderella,” a play encouraging teamwork, friendship and creativity, for grades pre-K through 5, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday, March 2.The “Learning Live!” series is sponsored in part by through a $2,500 contribution from the Walnut Cove Members Association, a nonprofit organization consisting of property owners at The Cliffs at Walnut Cove.For more information, visit the website BardoArtsCenter.wcu.edu or call 828-227-ARTS.