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(Denver, CO) — Denver-based nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom today opened applications for its Experience the Comics and Educators’ Day programs at FAN EXPO Denver 2023 —special programming and free admission to FAN EXPO Denver on Friday, June 30th. 

Educators and student or school group chaperones are invited to apply before April 30 at 

“As the founding organization behind what has blossomed into FAN EXPO Denver — and the event’s featured charity — we’re excited to offer awesome free experiences for students and educators at FAN EXPO Denver 2023,” said Matt Hess, Pop Culture Classroom’s Executive Director. “Working with FAN EXPO, our team is committed to making this year’s event our best yet.”  

  • Educators can apply to be part of a free day of professional development during Educators’ Day, where they can learn new ways to use pop culture in their teaching practice and enjoy everything FAN EXPO has to offer.  
  •   Student Groups — especially those including students who may otherwise be unable to attend FAN EXPO Denver — can apply to explore careers in pop culture and take in all the attractions at this incredible, once-a-year event as part of Pop Culture Classroom’s Experience the Comics program.   

When not attending Educators’ Day or Experience the Comics sessions, attendees are encouraged to explore everything that FAN EXPO Denver has to offer, including other panel sessions, a vibrant fan community, and a diverse show floor with vendors representing the best in pop culture!  

The applications are open to all educators and student groups, but space is limited. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority acceptance for Experience the Comics focused on student groups with the greatest financial needs. 

“One of the great things about the Experience the Comics program is that we’re able to connect students who might not otherwise be able to experience a pop culture convention with these wondrous experiences,” continued Hess.   

During 2022’s event, cast members from the popular Red Dead Redemption video games taught students about video game production during a special Experience the Comics program and Educators Day participants heard from DC Comics writer — and former teacher — Kami Garcia about using pop culture effectively in the classroom.   

“This is going to be an amazing year,” concluded Hess. “Our team is engaging some incredible community partners and cooking up some really creative opportunities for people to learn, create, and connect during this once-a-year fan gathering.” 


Pop Culture Classroom works to inspire a love of learning, increase literacy, celebrate diversity, and build community through the tools of popular culture and the power of self-expression. Free comics, curriculum, teaching guides, event updates, and more are available at 

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