Children thrive with access to the arts. With high arts involvement, young people are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, three times more likely to win an award for school attendance, and four times more likely to participate in a math or science fair. The arts provide a means to encourage, inspire, and motivate Hoosier students in the classroom and beyond.
These facts are not lost to Indiana State Representatives Justin Moed and Christina Hale. In October 2014, both Moed and Hale attended Arts for Learning programs in their respective districts. The program, “Once Upon Our Time,” gave students access to a theatrical integration program which connected the fairy tale characters of yesterday to the environmental issues of today. Funding for this program was made possible thanks to a grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
The “Once Upon Our Time” program, by Sapphire Theater, was developed to connect environmental issues to curriculum concepts in literacy, science, and reading.
On Friday, October 3rd, Representative Moed joined the students of Clinton Young Elementary in Indianapolis as they explored theater and learned sustainability techniques including the classic “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” as well as composting and reduction of plastic usage.
That same program was held on Thursday, October 9th at Skiles Test Elementary in Indianapolis. Representative Christina Hale attended the program and enjoyed the theatrical work of Skiles Test’s third grade students.
As the oldest and largest provider of professional arts education programs in the state, Arts for Learning annually reaches more than 60,000 students in classrooms, community centers, juvenile detention centers, hospitals, and parks around the state of Indiana. To learn more about Arts for Learning programs, or to donate, visit www.artsforlearningindiana.org.