Arts Education...Exercise for your brain.
A growing body of research supports the fact that arts education not only makes students more creative thinkers, but it also has a positive impact on overall academic achievement. Arts education helps students build confidence, social and emotional intelligence and complex problem-solving skills, all of which prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century workplace. In particular, arts education helps to:
- Boost literacy
- Advance math achievement
- Promote student engagement and motivation
- Develop critical thinking skills
- Build collaboration and communication skills
What We've Achieved
- Developed a Summer Arts Workshop Scholarship Program so economic circumstance is not a barrier to participation.
- Increased capacity at our Summer Arts Workshop — we are now able to serve over 300 students each summer.
- Offer instruction in theater, visual arts and movement, as well as training for students interested in youth arts education.
- Expanded our youth arts education summer programming from six to nine weeks of classes and added programs throughout the year.
- Formed partnerships with a number of health and human services organizations to include underserved youths in our programs from areas beyond Newburyport.
- Our education programs are deliberately designed for the outdoors in order to develop confident woodland explorers with a deep connection to nature.