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.

Jarret Tymen and Sol Chiniquay | Photo: Courtesy of Nakoda AV Club

Nakoda AV Club

Growing up in Morley, Jarret Tymen (Twoyoungmen)  loved to watch movies with his dad. They would rent videos from the local store. “I love Rocky,” Tymen says. “I love horror movies.” He wasn’t the only kid in Morley who did, either.

IN 2017:

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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.

Antyx

If Antyx Arts was a household item, it would be thread. Only instead of stitching together fabric, the Forest Lawn-based community arts company uses the tools of creativity to stitch together a community out of a lot of young people who may feel alone.

Summer Dreams-Pillars of Humanity at the Genesis Centre | Photo: Abigael Roth, Courtesy Antyx Community Arts

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.

This world-class learning space at Stampede Park’s Yourh Campus opened in October 2017 | Photo: jchu photography

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CALGARY ARTS ACADEMY

The arts can be a vehicle for transformational learning—something Calgary Arts Academy knows better than anyone. As a Kindergarten to Year 9 Public Charter School, Calgary Arts Academy leaves tradition behind and embraces new education methods and learning style theories, teaching the Alberta curriculum through Arts Immersion. The school transforms children into young people who are curious and kind, empathetic and engaged, responsible citizens. By emphasizing creativity and collaboration—the underpinnings of pure entrepreneurship—it prepares them like no other school for the vagaries of an uncertain economy. Calgary Arts Academy has two campuses—the Knob Hill campus for Kindergarten to Year 3 and the recently opened Education Centre as part of Calgary Stampede’s Youth Campus for Years 4 to 9.

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LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

In July 2017, a three-level heritage house in Inglewood was transformed into The Children’s Reading Place—Calgary’s largest Little Free Library. This welcoming, homey atmosphere is the perfect place for families to experience the pleasure of curling up with a good book. It has comfy reading nooks along with creative decor inspired by children’s literature and created by students and local artists. The Children’s Reading Place is one of the many initiatives that come from Calgary Read’s commitment to building a thriving community where all children read with confidence and joy.

The Children’s Reading Place |  Photo: Shannon Yau Photography