Auditions are a prerequisite for participating in any of our productions, and are for casting purposes. It is now well known that intelligence is not a static structure but an open dynamic system that can continue to develop throughout life, as Reuven Feuerstein, Israeli psychologist and director of the International Center for the Development of Learning Potential, has demonstrated in over a thousand research studies throughout the world.
Many stated that their children were creative and through the program would be able to enhance their skills; others emphasized the integrated academics or latent benefits of the arts; and still others celebrated the availability of the arts and educational summer program, as there are few such opportunities in Baltimore City.
The current yearbook, Key Issues in Arts Education around the World: Comparative Research and Reflection Six Years after the Seoul Agenda, edited by Benjamin Bolden (Canada), Ernst Wagner (Germany) and Teunis IJdens (Netherlands) will be published in December 2017.
The Summer Arts and Learning Academies, operated by Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland (YA,) introduce students to a wide variety of art forms – from illustration and spoken word to percussion, drama, and dance—and gives students a chance to work alongside students from across the city and be taught by professional teaching artists.
Using the arts to teach makes sense because the arts appeal to the multiple intelligences, the arts are a universal tool for communicating, the arts encourage students to participate actively in their learning environment, and it is through art that children can appreciate best their cultural heritage.