We here at Arts on Tour strongly believe in the importance of arts in education and in the lives
of our children and are excited to be able to bring these artists into our schools as well as
help schools address the Idaho State Humanities Curriculum. In addition to our Arts on Tour
public performances, we offer three FREE school outreach programs during each season taking the
form of master classes, workshops, or student performances. Since 1988, these outreach
programs have influenced the lives of over 50,650 local children!
Educators and Administrators: If you would like your students to be a part of the Arts on Tour student outreach programs, please contact Carolyn White at the Magic Valley Arts Council at 734-2787.
For the 2016-2017 Arts on Tour season, we are offering
Coming to the theater to see a live performance is a special experience. To be a good audience member
it’s important to know how to act in the theater. Here are some tips explaining what is expected of audience members.
Please feel free to go over this information with your children/students before coming to the show, so they know what is expected of them at a live performance.
“The combination of hip hop and classical made it fun for kids. The differences added touches to each type of music like the classical adding flair to the hip hop and the hip hop made the classical fill the room.” Kate, 5th grade
“Sometimes I’m very serious because it’s hard to communicate in a foreign language well. I learned from this performance we don’t need language to tell emotions. The most important thing to understand what we think each other is showing emotions such as joyful or sadness. Music has a power. One more thing I felt today’s performance was to respect their tradition. Every country around the world has peculiar songs, dance, or instruments. This is a good opportunity to know other cultures and to reconsider our own country” – Emily Oi, 6th grade
“I learned a lot when we went to the Kahulanui performance. I had always wondered what made the sound the steel guitar makes. Learning about where all the instruments came from and how they got to Hawaii. I also learned about how they got the jazz sound into the traditional Hawaiian music. I loved all the songs they played. I had not been feeling very happy, but that music made me happy" - Sam, 5th grade
“That was one of the greatest cultural experiences for any school. Bernard is a master teacher connecting with our pre-school children all the way up to our seniors. Thank you for bringing this group to our community.” - Kevin Newbry-Superintendent
“In 25 years of teaching, this was the best assembly I’ve ever attended. It engaged students from preschool to high school in an energizing way to develop an appreciation of another culture’s music, dance, and values.” -Bryan DeVore-teacher
“My students came back to class very excited and interested in learning more.”
- Julie Ransom-teacher
“I thought that the assembly was the best one we have ever had! It was very interactive and kept the kids involved and paying attention the whole time. The leader of the group also did a great job helping our students connect to the cultural significance of the music and the dances. Bringing such important cultural lessons from around the world to our students here in Idaho is so important to help them develop a balanced worldview and a greater understanding of the beauty that exists in our world’s cultural differences.” - Tobie Helman-teacher
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso.
Those of us who love the arts know that standing before a Van Gough can make your soul sing... that a heartbreakingly beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah" can bring tears to your eyes... that watching two hours of Irish Step Dancing can keep you energized for weeks! That said, we are also finding that, increasingly, controlled studies reveal a powerful, positive relationship between study in the arts and other academic subjects, attitudes, and behaviors.
Did you know
Young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours on three days each week through at least one full year are:
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Young artists, as compared with their peers, are likely to:
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