Resources for the Arts

Summer is a blank canvas for creativity and self-expression through music, literature, dance, theater, visual arts, and so much more. Kids love art projects of every kind and love to express themselves through dance, song, drawing, photography, videos, and creative thinking.

Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once (s)he grows up.” Let the summer months be the time when your children discover their creative talents.

According to a Wallace Foundation supported evaluation, Designing for Engagement: The Experience of Tweens in the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth Arts Initiative, arts learning can drive future engagement in the arts. The evaluation also found that high-quality arts programs created “sparks” that led to enrollment in more advanced classes.

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Arts Resources

Arts and Learning Kids TV Show

Young Audiences of Maryland

This Arts & Learning Kids TV show brings school lessons to life in your living room every weekend with fun and engaging arts-based learning! Episodes are tailored to lessons by grade levels: Explorers, Discoverers, and Adventurers!

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8 Resources for Parents to
Promote Summer Learning

NWEA (Blog/Article)

Need tips in avoiding the summer slide? Parents can explore these eight, free online resources so that summer is a time of learning and growth (as well as relaxation!).

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Summer of Sound

Department of Sound, Sacramento

Summer of Sound is a FREE online, self-paced program that teaches kids the basics of music and podcast production, which includes beat making, song structure & composition, audio recording and more. Available now until September 22, 2020.

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Learning Through Art

Sesame Street in Communities

Creating art gives children an opportunity to express themselves. Art can help bring science, math, and literacy concepts to life, and help kids develop important self-regulation skills. Fostering an appreciation of art and teaching basics can help kids succeed in school…and in life!

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Tips for Avoiding Summer Learning Loss

Music & Arts (Blog/Article)

Summer learning loss can affect a student’s music skills. After all, knowing how to read music and play an instrument is a skill that takes plenty of time and practice. Fortunately, Summer Brain Drain in math, science, reading and music can be prevented.

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Designing for Engagement: The Experiences of Tweens in the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth Arts Initiative, January 2020 | The Wallace Foundation

Principles gleaned from small, high-quality, arts-focused programs can help draw and retain young people at a large, generalist, youth-serving organization, this report finds. Download the report.

New evidence of the benefits of arts education, February 2019 | Brian Kisida and Daniel H. Bowen, The Brookings Institution, Brown Center Chalkboard

High-quality summer learning programs have been shown to improve reading and math skills. They also increase graduation rates and post-secondary success. Read the blog post.

Visual Arts Matter: Education Commission of the States (Policy Report)

This resource explores how visual arts support students’ academic success both within and outside of school settings by cultivating learning skills, boosting academic achievement and enhancing the educational experience of traditionally underserved students. Read more.

New evidence of the benefits of arts education, February 2019 | Brian Kisida and Daniel H. Bowen, The Brookings Institution, Brown Center Chalkboard

High-quality summer learning programs have been shown to improve reading and math skills. They also increase graduation rates and post-secondary success. Read the blog post.


#SummerLearningWeek

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#SummerLearningWeek is July 6-11. While many studies track learning loss for reading and math, #summerlearning loss can affect a student’s music skills too! Make summer a masterpiece! #SummerMatters bit.ly/SummerLearningWeek

According to @aep_arts, arts prepare students for school, life, and work. Summer is a blank canvas for creativity and self-expression through music, dance, theater, visual arts, and so much more. #SummerLearningWeek bit.ly/SummerLearningWeek #SummerMatters

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#SummerLearningWeek is July 6-11! Join the @National Summer Learning Association in celebrating the arts during the summer! Let your children discover that they have the amazing ability to create through art. #SummerMatters Learn more: bit.ly/SummerLearningWeek

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