Photo: Sean Blair, courtesy of Calgary Girls Choir 

INSPIRING YOUTH

Everyone wants our youth to have the foundation they need for a full and rewarding life. Some will grow up to be professional artists, but no matter what their path, arts experiences help build essential 21st-century skills like creative thinking, confidence, teamwork, discipline and social interaction.

Students at Sedgewick School participate in a Kids Go Global project about girls’ rights to education | Photo: Courtesy of Trickster Theatre

Arts as a Second Language

Alberta schools have never shied away from teaching second languages, but if University of Calgary professor Dr. Brittany Harker Martin has her way, they’ll be adding a new one no one saw coming: the arts.

IN 2016:

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arts education activities provided by Calgary arts organizations for children and youth
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participants in arts education activities provided by Calgary arts organizations

Based on data from organizations funded in part through Calgary Arts Development.

A recent study by Business for the Arts found that:

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of Canadian parents believe that engaging children in the arts is important for their development
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of Canadians believe that arts education improves children’s academic performance
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of Canadians believe that the arts help children from disadvantaged communities succeed

Building the Case for Business Support of the Arts, Business for the Arts, February 2015.

Y Stage Inspiring Youth

As Vertigo Theatre’s Y Stage takes its final bow, I caught up with Artistic Director Nathan Pronyshyn to talk about how Y Stage has inspired youth for the past 14 seasons.

It’s challenging enough for any theatre company to build an audience for theatre in world filled with 21st century digital distractions at every turn.

For Nathan Pronyshyn,  artistic director of Y Stage, one of Calgary’s finest presenters of theatre for young audiences, the task has been doubly difficult—because what worked one year doesn’t necessarily guarantee a return visit from a demographic in constant hormonal upheaval.

Vertigo Theatre’s Y Stage Theatre Series presents Mess | Photo: Edmund Collier, courtesy of Vertigo Theatre

Young adults with many arts-rich experiences in high school are:

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more likely to graduate high school
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more likely to earn a bachelor's degree

… and they are more likely to volunteer, vote and participate in political campaigns.

Arts in Action | Shakespeare by the Bow

A crowd gathers for Shakespeare by the Bow on Prince’s Island | Photo: Trudie Lee, courtesy of Theatre Calgary

ARTS SNAPSHOT

SHAKESPEARE BY THE BOW

In addition to presenting a main stage season at the Max Bell Theatre in Arts Commons that includes musicals, classics, new productions and national and international collaborations, Theatre Calgary also produces one of Calgary’s favourite annual summer events—Shakespeare by the Bow. This program supports emerging actors in Alberta by providing instruction and mentorship with professional artists, as well as an opportunity to perform in the beautiful outdoor setting at Prince’s Island Park. So, if you’re looking for a wonderful way to share a summer evening with friends and family, grab a blanket, a picnic, and enjoy the energy and talent of some of Alberta’s up-and-coming actors in one of Shakespeare’s classic hits.

Learn more at theatrecalgary.com.

ARTS SNAPSHOT

YO MOMMA

The Youth Musicians of Music Mile Alliance—Yo Momma—is for musicians ages 21 and under. Spearheaded by 17-year-old singer/songwriter, Kate Stevens, Yo Momma is a way to bring young musicians together to share ideas and music, and to pursue opportunities for performance, education, mentorships, promotion and career development. Thanks to Blues Can in Inglewood switching their liquor license to a youth-friendly format, there are now monthly mentorship meetings for young musicians called Blues’Cool. Each meeting covers a different aspect of a professional musician’s life, such as songwriting, jamming or recording studio protocol. Additionally, Stevens—working with mentors such as community activist Bob Chartier, the National Music Centre, and several other Calgary small businesses and music community leaders—has arranged to host a monthly youth music showcase at Gravity Espresso and Wine Bar in Inglewood. Go Yo Momma!

Learn more at facebook.com.

Arts in Action | YoMomma

YO MOMMA is dedicated to young musicians of Calgary | Photo: Joe Miles, courtesy of Music Mile