Oscar films remind us the importance of arts


Last week, Argo was awarded Best Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  That win might not have been a big surprise.  But First Lady Michelle Obama’s presentation might have surprised a few.  The First Lady’s appearance reminded us of the important role arts play in our lives.  Movies aren’t just for entertainment. 

They taught us that love can endure against all odds, and transform our lives in the most surprising ways.  And they reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep enough, and fight hard enough, and find the courage to believe ourselves.  These lessons apply to all of us, no matter who we are, or what we look like, or where we come from, or who we love.  But they are especially important for our young people.  Every day through engagement in the arts, our children learn to open their imagination, to dream just a little bigger, and to strive every day to reach those dreams. 

Arts To Grow is honored to play a part in this important mission of enriching our children’s lives with arts.  We’ve seen with our own eyes the transformative power of art education.  Our theater classes help our kids in basic skills like reading and comprehension.  In addition, our kids learn important life skills such as collaboration, creative thinking, and confidence.  Who knows?  Maybe we are nurturing a future Academy Award Winner, who would in turn pass on the lessons of love and courage to audiences in theaters everywhere. 

If you’d like to support Arts To Grow’s theater and other arts programs, you can visit our registry for our wishlist of theater workshop sponsorships and more.  

By Jeannie Chan, ATG Volunteer Social Media Manager.  When she’s not posting for ATG, Jeannie is passionate brand manager, fueled by intellectual curiosity and caffeine! Connect via Twitter @jeannie_chan.

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About arts2grow

Arts to Grow (ATG) engages children in the artistic process by providing free, highly tailored and professionally taught arts education programs to youth in the New York metro area who have limited access to the arts. Arts to Grow collaborates closely with schools and community groups to match performing and visual arts programs and Teaching Artists with the specific needs of each group of children. ATG serves the community and society by helping children develop their full potential through the arts.

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