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Academic benefits of arts education for children

Pre-literacy skills such as reading and writing are greatly improved when students are exposed to a quality, integrated arts education. Research shows us that studying dance, for example, substantively helps preschoolers with reading readiness skills, while the discussion of music helps with language skills. The report “Critical Evidence:  How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement,” commissioned by the National Assembly of States Arts Agencies (2006), also found research demonstrating that dramatic play helps children’s comprehension skills and improves reading and pre-reading skills among all groups, especially those first graders whose reading was below grade level.

According to “Looking at Art with Toddlers,” by Katherina Danko-McGhee, Ph.D., exploring and discussing art with even very young children pays off by helping children organize their thoughts and develop logical, yet creative thinking. Children learn that “visual symbols can communicate ideas” and story telling can help improve descriptive language. Taking care to allow children the opportunity to talk, dramatize, sing, dance and otherwise creatively communicate allows them to sharpen their ability to use symbolic thought.

Math and logic and their relationships to the arts also hold a fascination for the researcher.

The highly publicized “Mozart Effect” revolutionized our society’s thinking about the value of music to the young child’s mind, and although specific results have been debated, it has generated new research and has come to symbolize a new way of thinking about the importance of the arts.

The 2006 National Assembly of State Arts Agencies report entitled “Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement,” analyzed studies that demonstrate measurable improvement in performance in math, especially among economically disadvantaged students. Music instruction is proven to help develop spatial temporal reasoning, which may lead to more sophisticated thinking about math concepts.

Beyond Academics

Perhaps more importantly than test scores and grades are the less tangible, but powerful effects that critical study of the arts can give us. These include cognitive skills such as reasoning ability, problem solving skills, creativity and inventiveness, all of which are improved when children discuss, create and participate in the arts. They learn to draw inferences and strengthen their abstract thinking. Research in “Critical Evidence” found increases in fluency, originality and improvisation among children with a good integrated arts education. Once again, the largest improvements were found among young children who had critical social and developmental needs and were struggling below their peer groups.

Improved self-esteem, perceptions of school and respect for others are other positive benefits of art exposure.

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December 10, 2010 at 9:13 am Leave a comment

Asheville Childrens and Youth Theatre Video of our young artists showing their stuff!


During the past few weeks I’ve gotten some really cool clips of our young artists during their rehearsal and performance process. It is so rewarding to be involved and get to see even our youngest performers take over the stage! Our Academy students will be traveling to the National Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, GA this coming January of 2011. Let us know what you think! Leave a comment below 🙂
Heather

November 23, 2010 at 10:03 pm 2 comments

Tomorrow! Tomorrow! They’re leaving, tomorrow!

The Academy and Jr. Company students are off to Atlanta this weekend for the Junior Theater Festival produced by iTheatrics!!!

We’re super proud of all our students and thankful for all the help the parents have been, too. Thanks to all of you!

Give ’em your own “Break a leg!” message in the comments.

Also, catch an encore presentation of their Junior Theater Festival Performance NEXT WEEK! Come for our Open House on Friday the 22nd and see The Academy and Jr. Company students perform the material they had prepared for the festival. It starts at 6pm.

We’ll see you there!

January 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm Leave a comment

New South Location!

STARTING Monday November 30th:

We are upgrading to a new, larger facility which will be a better home for all of our programs! The studios will be larger and there will be more space for rehearsals, for classes and for parents of Kindermusik students to roll across the floor!

The best part is that the move is JUST ACROSS THE STREET!

Located at 10 Miller Avenue, Long Shoals turns into Miller Ave when you cross Hendersonville Road. It is on the left hand side of the street across from the Skyland Fire Department.

If you were sitting at the traffic light (having come from I-26) at Long Shoals Rd. and Hendersonville Rd, you would take a left onto Hendersonville Rd to get to the CURRENT location at Summit Ave.

Instead of turning left at that light, go STRAIGHT THROUGH the light and the NEW Arts Center- South will be on your left hand side, directly across from the Fire Station. We have a BLUE AWNING, and parking right up against the building!

The NEW facility will bring endless growing potential for all areas of the arts and our students. We can’t wait for you to join us next week in this great new space. Tell all your friends to come and check us out!

November 30, 2009 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

The Academy at Asheville Arts Center to perform “Once On This Island, Jr.”

The Asheville Arts Center is proud to announce one of our esteemed children’s theatre offerings this fall, “Once on this Island, Jr.”  This musical is being put together by our extremely talented Academy students and is set to perform in December.

Click here to view the Facebook invitation!

More about the show:

once-on-this-island-junior-colorOnce On This Island Junior is a Caribbean adaptation of the popular Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” featuring a poignant story and catchy, Caribbean flavored score.

This is the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a young man from a wealthy family. When Daniel is returned to his people, the gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.

Told in a presentational style reminiscent of story theatre, it is equally effective regardless of its cast size and features minimal – though colorful – sets and costumes that capture the imagination of the audience. Creative dance or movement-driven staging is also part of the show’s style, calling upon performers to portray trees, wild animals and even a fierce rainstorm.

With its touching story and catchy pop and Caribbean flavored score by songwriters of the film Anastasia and the Broadway smash Ragtime, Once On This Island Junior is a multi-cultural feast for the heart, mind, and soul.

The Academy cast had the amazing opportunity to work with original Broadway cast member, Gerry McIntyre on November 14.  Mr. McIntyre also directed a production in New Orleans with kids who had survived Hurricane Katrina, featured in the documentary, “After the Storm.”  Click here to see more about the documentary.

Show dates are December 4 & 5, 2009 at North Buncombe High School in Weaverville, NC. (7pm Friday, 3pm & 7pm Saturday)  Mark your calendars!

More about our Academy program:

AcademyTheatreFestPicTHE ACADEMY AT THE ASHEVILLE ARTS CENTER is a year-round, progressive conservatory for students with the commitment and desire to deepen their performing arts education in acting, singing and dance.  August 2009 marks the beginning of the Academy’s fourth year.  Current Academy students have earned lead roles in many community and school productions, paid voice-overs, and film projects.  Two concentrations of study are offered: the Musical Theatre Concentration and the Drama/ Acting Concentration.

Students in grades 4 – 12 (ages 10-18) are eligible and may be admitted by audition after submitting an application.  Younger students may qualify for our Junior Acting Company, a pre-Academy program for those 10 years old and younger.

The Academy’s “acting company” conservatory approach allows students and instructors to build a supportive, exciting, boundless learning group.  Together they’ll explore the tools and styles of performing on stage, film and TV.  Academy students are the core of our Children’s Theatre Workshop and annual Academy productions.

November 23, 2009 at 11:55 am Leave a comment

“After the Storm” Documentary at Asheville Arts Center

AfterTheStormAACPoster“After the Storm,” a documentary about a post-Katrina production of “Once on this Island,” was shown on November 14th at 12:30pm and 4:00pm at the Asheville Arts Center thanks to a generous contribution from Volvo Construction Equipment.

A group of NYC filmmakers joined forces to head down to New Orleans after Katrina to produce a timely production of the musical “Once on this Island.” They auditioned all local kids, who were also all Katrina survivors.  Broadway actor Gerry McIntyre, a member of the original Broadway cast of “Once on this Island,” acted as director.

“We can’t be more pleased that the folks involved in the documentary are letting us share this story with the community,” said Chuck Taft, Asheville Arts Center Owner.  “It is an amazing story of hope and courage.  And a wonderful testament showing that art actually can help heal.”

The Asheville Arts Center’s Acting Academy is doing a production of “Once on this Island” in Asheville in December and taking it to the Jr. Theatre Festival in Atlanta in January.  The documentary gives them a first-hand look at kids, their own age, who have actually experienced what the characters in “Island” express.

Ann Mahoney, the Director of the Asheville Arts Center’s production of “Island” and a Hurricane Katrina survivor herself says, ‘“Once on this Island” centers around a group of Haitian peasants, who are eternally at the mercy of the wind and sea. In the course of the show they see several storms and floods, in which many huts are washed away. Needless to say, the Katrina survivors featured in “After the Storm” truly understood what being at the mercy of the wind and sea meant, as well as being too familiar with many huts washing away.”

“After the Storm,” which until now has only been shown in NY, will also include a live Q&A session after the first screening with Gerry McIntyre, who will also be working with the Asheville Arts Center’s Academy kids on Friday, during their “Island” rehearsal.

”After the Storm” is Directed by Hilla Medalia, Produced by Hilla Medalia, John and Ed Priddy, with Executive Producers: John and Ed Priddy, James Lecesne  and the Director of the show Once On This Island- Gerry McIntyre.

Check out the trailer!

November 10, 2009 at 2:52 pm 3 comments

Check Out Our New Academy Commercial!

Check out our Academy Acting Conservatory commercial on Youtube!

THE ACADEMY AT THE ASHEVILLE ARTS CENTER is a year-round, progressive conservatory for students with the commitment and desire to deepen their performing arts education in acting, singing and dance.  August 2009 marks the beginning of the Academy’s fourth year.  Current Academy students have earned lead roles in many community and school productions, paid voice-overs, and film projects.  Two concentrations of study are offered: the Musical Theatre Concentration and the Drama/ Acting Concentration.

Students in grades 4 – 12 (ages 10-18) are eligible and may be admitted by audition after submitting an application.  Younger students may qualify for our Junior Acting Company, a pre-Academy program for those 10 years old and younger.

The Academy’s “acting company” conservatory approach allows students and instructors to build a supportive, exciting, boundless learning group.  Together they’ll explore the tools and styles of performing on stage, film and TV.  Academy students are the core of our Children’s Theatre Workshop and annual Academy productions.

November 6, 2009 at 3:55 pm 1 comment

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