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.

Photo: Courtesy of Glenbow Museum 

Glenbow Museum engages thousands of young people

Glenbow’s School Programs open the museum’s doors to thousands of students each year, delivering educational and engaging content to school children, opening young minds, and encouraging new ways of looking at the world. Glenbow delivers the best in art education and appreciation initiatives to a new generation of art and culture lovers.

IN 2015:

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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.

National Music Centre mentoring next generation at Guitar Club

2015 was a year of transition for the National Music Centre (NMC) as they prepared to move from their old digs at Customs House to their spectacular 160,000 square-foot new home, Studio Bell, in the East Village.

 

Since most of their school programs utilize their unique collection as an entry point to curriculum topics, such as math, science, and social studies, and since most of the collection was being carefully packed up for the move, NMC had to figure out something else. For that reason, NMC chose to deliver education programs via outreach in schools rather than inviting schools to their space. By doing so, NMC was still able to reach more than 5,200 students though the delivery of 102 outreach programs, in 38 schools.

Photo: Courtesy of National Music Centre

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.

Courtesy of Calgary Chinese Orchestra

ARTS SNAPSHOT

CALGARY CHINESE ORCHESTRA

The Calgary Chinese Music Development Association believes that music education helps develop language, reasoning, memorization, coordination, discipline and a sense of achievement. Many musical education programs require teamwork as part of a band or orchestra and students work together to build camaraderie. The organization is home to the Calgary Chinese Orchestra, which trains and educates adult and youth to gain a better appreciation and understanding of genuine Chinese music. The Orchestra includes traditional and modernized Chinese instruments as well as suitable Western instruments. In addition to performing at festivals, fundraising and charitable events in the community, the Association also presents lectures and classes concentrating on the education of Chinese music.  

For further information visit calgarychinesemusic.org

ARTS SNAPSHOT

PULSE STUDIOS

“We seek to create a community where the knowledge and traditions of Hip Hop in dance, music, art, and lifestyle can be shared.”  Pulse Studios is the only dance studio in Calgary dedicated exclusively to Hip Hop and Urban Dance styles. Their focus is to promote and educate dancers in the history and techniques of all the dance forms associated with Hip Hop. They have a talented roster of instructors on board who are among the top Hip Hop dancers in Canada and they are dedicated to passing on the living history of Hip Hop through the pioneers and innovators of all these dance styles. They are heavily active on a local level fostering a sense of positivity and community through events, dance battles, and jams, with programs including dance classes in Breaking, Funk, Locking, Popping, Vogue-ing, Waacking, House, and Hip Hop for kids ages 3+, teens, and adults.

For more information visit pulsestudios.ca

Photo: Glen Co Photography, courtesy of Pulse Studios