Children and youth who participate in Out-of-School Time programs gain the personal, social, emotional, and educational assets needed to support healthy development, increase well-being, and facilitate a successful transition through childhood and adolescence, and into adulthood.
Examples: Some programs may find it helpful 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 as 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.
Children and youth are encouraged to:
express themselves through their art; and
communicate the ideas and feelings that underlie their work.
In an effort to help children and youth develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the arts, the organization:
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.
Organizations 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.