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Learning Through the Arts to Bring 24,000 Fifth Graders to the Theater
September 29, 2009, 8:23 pm
Filed under: At the Center

The Adrienne Arsht Center will begin a major new initiative in 2010 called Learning Through the Arts, in partnership with the Miami-Dade County Public School system as one of the founding members of the Cultural Adventures Passport Program. The program kicks off in April of 2010 with all Miami-Dade County 5th grade students coming to the Center, free of cost, to experience live professional performing arts performances. The Center’s first presentation will be Rock Odyssey, an innovative spin on the Homer classic that chronicles the epic journey in an accessible and theatrical rock opera style.

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A professional team of educators has created specially designed lesson plans related to the show’s content covering a wide variety of academic subjects using the theater experience as a jumping off point for addressing Florida’s K – 12 Sunshine State Standards. The lessons provide a “way in” to academic subjects like math, science, history, language arts, and social studies for students who may not otherwise connect with traditional teaching methods. The Center’s commitment to excellence in educational programming will be immediately apparent in the high production value of this show including a professional cast, elaborate costuming, and beautiful sets.

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Several funders have already committed their support to the Learning Through the Arts program for this season, including Funding Arts Network and the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs.

The Learning Through the Arts programming is slated for expansion in subsequent years to include 7th and 9th grades to provide a quality live theater or concert experience in elementary, middle and high school.


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I am very glad that THIS center is going to be involved with schools, which I think it’s a great idea. Since I live in Broward county, is this going to be available to Broward County school students also? Please let me know, my children’s school have an Arts Conservatory and I know that the Principals would like get involved in this program.

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