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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.


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

Kindermusik Open House

Join us for an upcoming Kindermusik® Open House. You’ve got two to choose from.

NORTH Campus – Monday, January 11th at 12:30pm.

SOUTH Campus – Friday, January 15th at 3:30pm.

Kindermusik® is a music and movement program for newborns up to age 7. Kindermusik® is a great opportunity to be a part of a child centered and age appropriate program that creates musical children by letting them explore all the possibilities that surround them.

Kindermusik® is the emerging community of families and teachers passionately committed to bringing music to children’s lives. Guided by a proven methodology combining music and childhood development research, Kindermusik® sparks magical, memorable learning for each and every child.

Classes start on January 18th. Call 253.4000 now to register or find out more information about our Open House.

Join us on Monday, January 12th or Friday, January 15th and find out why Kindermusik® was voted BEST PARENT/CHILD program and BEST MUSIC program in the June issue of WNC Parent.

January 6, 2010 at 9:14 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

Local moms praise our Creative Arts Preschool!

From Darla, mother of Trevor:

“Trevor LOVES Asheville Arts Center preschool. When we looked at preschools, we wanted one that would help to develop his creativity, foster an outgoing personality, and instill a love of the arts that would follow him into adulthood. Asheville Arts Center fits the bill perfectly. Trevor not only interacts with his peers in a non-competitive, open and accepting environment, but is also exposed to a wide variety of art forms from singing and dancing to drawing, painting, and sculpture. We love that he goes twice a week to a place where people hang around merely for the love of performing and enjoying the performing arts. We want Trevor to grow into a well rounded man, equally comfortable with sports, business, and the art world, and the Asheville Arts Center preschool program is the perfect start along that path.”

From Shannon, mother of Lotus:
“I had been searching for a pre-school for my two year old, Lotus, for over 6 months. I was looking for a program that would emphasize learning and self expression before 3 years of age. I was no stranger to Asheville Arts Center and when I learned of the Creative Arts Preschool, I knew it would be the right fit. Here, she would enjoy music, singing, dancing and all the other wonderful aspects that the Asheville Arts Center has been recognized for. I scheduled a tour that day.

I knew from the moment we met Ms. Mandy that this was the school for us. She immediately connected with Lotus by giving her individual attention during our visit. She was the shining light that would comfort, teach and care for my child as I would. Ms. Karen was there to ease my mind as a mother. I had a hard time leaving my child but she reassured me that Lotus needed the social interaction as much as I needed the time to devote to my business and to myself. The center offers a safe environment and plenty of different settings for the children to play in. I also like that the younger children share a part of their day with the older children. The real testimony was when Lotus came home from our tour and already referred to it as “my school”.

We not only found a great program but a great community. One that is safe, inviting and always supportive. From that morning on, Ms. Mandy’s smile has never dimmed but only shines brighter. Lotus has tripled her vocabulary and comes home happy and content singing songs and sharing stories. It has been an experience that we’ve built on. She now enjoys Mommy and Me ballet and will continue with Kindermusik next session. I am so thankful for what the Creative Arts PreSchool has provided for our family. They have made our lives richer for it.”

From Sandy, mother of Iris:

“We love the Asheville Arts Center because you make learning fun. Iris seems more confident and balanced since attending the Arts Center. She wants to go to school on Saturdays!”

More information on our Creative Arts Preschool can be found here:

Tell Me More!

Or by calling 828.253.4000

2 locations:  Asheville & Arden.

The Creative Arts Preschool program offers hands-on learning so that children can discover the wonderful world around them. Research studies show that exposing children to the Performing Arts helps improve critical thinking and develop self-confidence. Children naturally respond to music, dance, art and drama. At the Asheville Arts Center, our curriculum incorporates all of this, while allowing each child to excel in other areas as well, such as math, science and language.

Ask us about our drop-in Wednesdays for new families!

November 17, 2009 at 11:55 pm Leave a comment

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

The Songs: An Asheville Arts Center Cabaret – Updated Song List 10.21.09

thesongsfinalOur Fall community theatre show, The Songs: An Asheville Arts Center Cabaret, opens November 5th.

“The Songs: An Asheville Arts Center Cabaret” is a musical revue combining some of the best musical theatre songs from the Broadway (and off-Broadway) stage.  With a cast of 28, the show consists of such classics as “There’s No Business Like Show Business” from Annie Get Your Gun, “Brotherhood of Man” from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, “What I Did For Love” from A Chorus Line and several more full cast numbers.  There are also several new songs from the stage, including “King of the World” from Songs for a New World, “Why, God, Why?” from Miss Saigon and “What Ever Happened To My Part?” from Spamalot.  The show will be performed November 5-15, 2009 at the Asheville Arts Center and the audience will be immersed in the experience because of the intimacy provided by the space.  On Fridays and Saturday nights, a more mature-themed 3rd act will be performed later in the evening.  This show is a benefit to the community theatre at Asheville Arts Center, to enable us to continue providing quality theatre to the WNC community.  Come to the show!

Updated October 21, 2009

Act I

1.  There’s No Business Like Show Business (from Annie Get Your Gun)

2.  King of the World (from Songs for a New World)

3.  The Telephone Hour (from Bye Bye Birdie)

4.  Metaphor (from The Fantasticks)

5.  Forget About the Boy (from Thoroughly Modern Millie)

6.  Why God, Why? (from Miss Saigon)

7.  Brotherhood of Man (from How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying)

8.  As We Stumble Along (from The Drowsy Chaperone)

9.  Whistle a Happy Tune (from The King & I)

10. One Day More (from Les Miserables)

Act II

1.  This was a Real Nice Clambake (from Carousel)

2.  Being Alive (from Company)

3.  Mountain Duet (from Chess)

4.  My New Philosophy (from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown)

5.  Tonight Quintet (from West Side Story)

6.  Diva’s Lament (from Spamalot)

7.  Romeo & Juliet (from Reefer Madness)

8.  What I Did For Love (from A Chorus Line)

9.  The Flesh Failures/Let the Sun Shine In (from Hair)


1.  Willkommen (from Cabaret)

2.  What Do You Do With a BA in English/Sucks To Be Me (from Ave Q)

3.  Out Tonight (from Rent)

4.  Could I Leave You? (from Follies)

5.  White Boys/Black Boys (from Hair)

6.  We Just Had Sex (from Passing Strange)

7.  Cell Block Tango (from Chicago)

8.  She’s A Woman (from Kiss of the Spider Woman)

9.  La Vie Boheme (from Rent)

October 21, 2009 at 9:34 pm Leave a comment

Check out AICFF’s Youtube page for a taste of the upcoming festival!

LogobannerMy friend, Tim Arem, sent me a link to his Youtube page for the Asheville International Children’s Film Festival, slated for November 2-8, 2009.  Asheville Arts Center, in our love of children’s performing arts, are helping to sponsor this event!

Check out AICFF’s Youtube page by clicking here!

Here is their new animation clip, also!

October 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm 4 comments

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