The school bells are ringing once again and Niagara’s students are back to the books. So let’s talk about arts education (art-ucation)! There are many amazing opportunities for students of all ages to participate and enjoy the arts in Niagara. Last year the Niagara ARTS Inspire Niagara Schools project was launched with a DVD and Resource Guide to connect Niagara schools, educators, parents and students with an amazing variety of cultural opportunities available from companies based in Niagara.
The guide identiﬁes in-school, after-school, holiday and weekend programs available to schools and families in the areas of dance, music, theatre and visual arts. Included in the directory are 6 dance, 15 music, 16 theatre and 13 visual arts organizations that provide art-ucational programming.
Would your child or grandchild enjoy seeing a live performance at their school, singing as part of a choir, getting a guided tour of an exhibit or helping to write a new piece of music? All these experiences and more are available from Niagara’s arts community.
While participating in these activities students will learn more than just creativity – they will learn team-work, problem-solving, perseverance, literacy, communication, respect and other countless character lessons that will help with their overall development.
Art-ucation not only comes from participating in the creative process but also from attending a variety of performances. Many local organizations make their performances accessible to students through special ticket offers. The eyeGo to the arts program provides high school students with tickets to local performances for $5 – that is less than a movie! Other local organizations have special rates for post-secondary students to attend shows or become members...and of course, there are plenty of adult learning and participating experiences in culture, too!
If you are interested in more information about Niagara ARTS Inspire Niagara Schools check out the videos and the Resource Guide for more! and talk to your child’s school or parents association regarding these creative opportunities - give students an experience to remember!
Image: Carousel Players Summer Camp class led by Carrie Costello
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