Note: Please note that the more general expectations included in CYD-OST 8 also apply to the activities addressed in this core concept. For example, activities should accommodate children and youth with differing needs and abilities, as addressed in CYD-OST 8.05; engage children and youth in active learning experiences, as addressed in CYD-OST 8.04; reflect the cultures and interests of children and youth, as addressed in CYD-OST 8.04; include opportunities for meaningful choices and decisions, as addressed in CYD-OST 8.09; and allow sufficient time for practice and improvement, as addressed in CYD-OST 8.06. See CYD-OST 8 for additional expectations regarding programming and activities.
Note: As referenced in CYD-OST 7, it is often wise to partner with local organizations and providers to improve programming and access specialized resources. Examples of relevant arts organizations include, but are not limited to: museums, theatres and theatre troupes, arts education organizations, school arts and music educators, and local businesses such dance studios or music halls.
Children and youth are:
helped to develop an understanding of concepts and history relevant to the arts discipline of focus; and
engaged in projects that enable them to develop and hone skills relevant to the artistic process.
The nature of projects, and the skills to be developed, will vary based on program type and goals. For example, children may be engaged in learning to read and play music, or learning the steps in a dance.
Children and youth are encouraged to:
express themselves through their art; and
communicate the ideas and feelings that underlie their work to others at the program.
The nature of presentations will vary based on the focus of the program. For example, while children in a performing arts program might perform in a concert, play, or dance recital, children in a visual arts program might host an exhibition of their paintings or sculptures.
In an effort to help children and youth develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the arts, the program:
arranges for children and youth to view performances or exhibits related to the program’s area of focus; and
provides opportunities for children and youth to reflect on the experience and discuss their impressions.
As stated in the standard, the program should ideally facilitate arts experiences that relate to the program’s area of focus. For example children might visit a museum, attend a musical or cultural performance, or meet with a local artist. Programs that are unable to facilitate visits to other venues can still provide opportunities for children to experience and think critically about art, for example, by discussing a recorded concert or paintings in a book.
Children and youth have opportunities to learn about careers and options for higher education related to the arts.