The Cliburn initiated Adopt-a-Competitor in 1997, in collaboration with the Fort Worth ISD, to give children a direct link to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Competitors volunteered to present concerts to local elementary school students, answer questions, and take pictures. Students then tracked their competitor’s progress throughout the Competition. Since the program’s inception, North Texas kids have met and learned about 57 Cliburn competitors, including four medalists.

This year, the Cliburn has partnered with the Fort Worth Public Library, giving families throughout the community the unique opportunity to get a preview of the Competition. Participating branches have created their own displays and activities to learn about, celebrate, and welcome each performer, and will be following them throughout the Competition with watch parties planned.

See the list below and find the closest participating library to you.