ArtsConnect's goal is to form partnerships with schools and non-profit organizations to impact the lives of our community, from all walks of life, through the arts. Through the Center's ArtsConnect programs, teaching artists go into the community to bring the power of the arts to the public.
The ArtsConnect programs in the schools demonstrate the positive, transforming impact the arts have on education for students, including academic achievement, social development and motivation for learning. The program introduces teachers and students to music, dance, theatre and the visual arts while integrating the art forms into core areas of curriculum and instruction. Curricular resource materials are closely connected to state of California content standards and instructional needs identified by teachers.
Our partnerships with non-profit organizations are focused on having teaching artists interact with members from diverse backgrounds in the community in a variety of ways, including: healing arts that bring joy to children who are sick, alternative means of expression and communication for those with disabilities, motivation to enrich the lives of those from underserved areas, and much more.
What people are saying about ArtsConnect...
"She didn't eat, laugh, or leave her room for five days, but she enjoyed today. It is because of the artist that performed. Thank you."
–Grandmother of a young patient at CHOC
"One particular boy comes to mind. He is very reserved, very shy. But when these artists come, there's this transformation. I know it's not just him. I see it in so many of the kids. For some reason, they just feel like they're able to really open up and express themselves. I've never seen this child so excited as when he walked in and saw these drums that are almost as big as him. It was incredible."
"I truly believe that children that are able to get up out of their seats and express themselves in a physical manner without any inhibitions and without anybody saying you've done this right or you've done this wrong. The arts take those boundaries away from them and they feel more comfortable. They feel less restricted. You need to give kids a commonality in order to participate…It gives them an equal opportunity for learning, and that's what we want to do for these children. We want to give them equal access to the curriculum, and I think that's what the arts do."
"The artists interact on a personal level with my students – they get to see the things they're learning up close, and they are awed by each artist and what they teach."
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ArtsConnect is impacting our community
•artsteach@SCFTA.org, (714) 556-2122 ext 4310
|ArtsConnect is made possible in part by the generous support of|
||Northwestern Mutual Foundation|
Deborah H. and Jeffrey H Margolis
William H. Ashburn and Sandra Lee Smart-Ashburn