The giving season is officially upon us! Arts to Grow is proud to announce our partnership with #GivingTuesday, a movement to create an annual day of giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The goal is to kick off the holiday season by celebrating charitable donations and activities that benefit the local community—and that’s where you come in.
Join us TODAY as we aim to kick-start our annual appeal by raising $1,000—enough to provide two students with a full year of in-depth arts education. Your contribution is vital to ensuring that we can bring our proven arts programs to the 50+ schools and community organizations on our waitlist.
Last week, we wrote about the many benefits that arts learning has on developing young minds. Children who are exposed to the arts have stronger critical thinking skills, greater historical empathy, higher tolerance, and more interest in art museums than their peers who lack access to the arts. Additionally, a recent CollegeBoard report found that high school seniors who had taken four years of arts classes scored an average of 156 points higher on their SATs than seniors who had taken half a year or less of arts classes. It’s clear that meaningful engagement with the arts is essential to helping children reach their full potential, gain 21st century skills, and become future leaders in their communities, but dwindling school budgets often mean that the most vulnerable students are left without this important resource. We need your help to provide more students with access to learning through the arts.
Our students have learned to love learning as a result of their time in Arts to Grow programs. Consider Ismeyda, who had trouble with reading until three years of participating in our Musical Theater program at CHLDC/IS 171 had her mastering theatre vocabulary and improving her literacy skills; she is now attending Brooklyn High School of the Arts, an audition-based school outside of her neighborhood. Kristina, who also spent three years in our CHLDC/IS 171 program, is now earning straight A’s in Chemistry at Talent Unlimited High School after having previously been challenged by science classes; she has also earned the Van Lier scholarship for professional development as well as a scholarship to Pace University’s Summer Scholars theater program. Read about three more students who’ve gained the confidence to succeed through Arts to Grow programs here.
Help us give the gift of arts education to more children this holiday season. Click here to donate now to Arts to Grow’s #GivingTuesday campaign and spread the joy of learning in 2014.
To learn more about Arts to Grow and #GivingTuesday, please visit our website.