We’re joining communities across the country to tell the story about the transformative power of the arts in education
How were you impacted by arts education? Was it art class in kindergarten? A dance recital in 3rd grade? 5th grade recorder lessons? High School Marching Band?
We’ve all been changed by having the arts as part of our education. Americans for the Arts celebrates that experience every year the week of September 10–16 with National Arts in Education Week.
Since our opening, more than 350,000 students participated in classes and programs, performances, classes and camps. The people, companies and organizations that support the programs that we are dreaming up is what keeps us going. Our vision for arts education is for students from age 2 to 102 to grow in body, mind and imagination. The only way we can do that is with the help of friends that agree with the importance of arts education and how it changes lives. Check out some of our dreams come true:
We offer classes every fall and spring, along with week-long summer programs at our Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts. Florida Hospital’s commitment to wellness gave them the extraordinary vision for how the arts factor into our whole being and wellness. We’re grateful for their support that enables us to offer performing arts classes.
Our Arts Education Scholarship helps many kids take performing arts classes or a week of summer training. In fact, the fund has provided more than $143,000 in scholarships to more than 400 students since 2015. Lots of people and companies support the scholarship fund that goes directly to a student. You can send someone to class to by giving to our scholarship fund too.
Disney Theatrical Group saw a need for elementary schools to put on musicals. But many schools didn’t have the budget, or the staff, to make it happen. We are so grateful that Disney Theatrical Group partners with Dr. Phillips Center in Orange, Osceola and Seminole county public elementary schools to put on a great, big Broadway show. They provide the scripts and the music, then we send our teaching artists to choreograph, stage and train their teachers. We work with parents who make costumes and super-energetic kids who appear onstage. And we get to do it again this year! There are many more ‘thank-yous’ that go out to individuals, companies and organizations that support our education programs, and to the students who participate. You can share your story of how arts education has impacted you with the hashtag #BecauseofArtsEd and join the conversation at National Arts Education Week and become a supporter or a participant by visiting the education section of our website.