Island Arts: Golden opportunities for children to learn

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  • You have spoken and we are listening.
  • Choosing the arts is a great way to provide your child with skills that will take them through life.
  • So have your child join in the fun and discover hidden talents!
Children ages 11 to 14 participated in the first Artists Visiting Kids! in 2007.

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Children ages 11 to 14 participated in the first Artists Visiting Kids! in 2007.

Changes happening to help serve your children better; I’d expect it’s what every parent wants to hear. While growing up, I was always taught to mind my parents, so I guess it is only natural that as the executive director for the Art League Marco Island’s Center for the Arts that I, too, mind the comments of our parents here in our community. You have spoken and we are listening.

It seems there was a conflict in scheduling for our after school programs; not too difficult for this to happen, as there is so much for our children to do here on Marco. At the Art League, we aim to please, while also being sure to provide the ever-so-important arts benefits your children need for complete development.

I know there is a lot to choose from when you’re thinking about what type of activities you should enroll your children in. Choosing the arts is a great way to provide your child with skills that will take them through life. The Art League is acting on your request and has modified our schedule. The Art Adventures after school program has been moved to Wednesday afternoons, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. and the Creative Dramatic program has been rescheduled to Thursday afternoons, from 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

We can answer the obvious frequently asked questions. Yes! Art Adventures is a visual arts program. Yes! Creative Dramatics is a drama program. Yes! We are very lucky to have Kim Burke and Irene Horowitz return as youth program instructors. Yes! These after school programs are fun and safe.

But, let’s take it a step further and answer some not so common questions. What does enrolling your kids in an arts program offer, and why should you be taking advantage of this opportunity? Let’s look at the facts: Fact 1: we all want our child to succeed; statistics state including art in the development of children results in improved overall academic performance. Fact 2: we all want to encourage our children to express themselves in a positive way; the arts provide this opportunity. Fact 3: all children do not learn and comprehend at the same levels under the same guidelines; the arts provide alternative methods through creativity to improve comprehension.

So have your child join in the fun and discover hidden talents! The Creative Dramatics program, under the exclusive and highly rated instructor Irene Horowitz, is designed to stimulate your child’s imagination and build on their acting skills, while increasing their self-confidence. Or maybe your child wants hands-on fun in learning art techniques that stimulate their imaginations visually. With Kim Burke, it’s an hour of educational fun with study in the fundamentals of art.

We all hear it and it is true – learning can be fun. Whether it is playing theatre games or developing a painting, the basics of educational development are there, as these programs improve reading, writing and listening skills; provide the opportunity to develop team building and collaborative skills; encourage individual expression and even improve math and science comprehension. The overall outcome is providing learning experiences that lead to enhanced positive behavior and achievement for those involved.

The Art League provides this column to keep you the readers informed about the organization. If your club or organization is interested in submitting a column or content, please contact Editor Bill Green at bgreen@marconews.com.

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