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In recent years society has placed a great deal of focus on the value of art and art education. Parents who want to expose their children to art related activities can use this trend to their advantage. The number of places that offer artistic performances and exhibits are growing each year. Community events that focus on the arts are also often geared toward family fun and enjoyment. Many places that were previously considered more adult oriented like museums are beginning to plan events with children in mind. There are also many ways to experience art at little or no cost for those on a budget.

 

Below are some great places Helene Goldnadel suggests for your kids to experience the true form of art:

 

Finding free local concerts that are kid oriented can be as easy as picking up a local news publication. Most newspapers have an entertainment section with listings of all the local concerts and festivals. Some communities even offer free outdoor concerts during the warmer months. Music is a great way to expose children to art and other cultures and festivals can be fun for the whole family. These events sometimes offer more than just music and will feature things like face painting and craft booths. Checking out the local theater is another option for parents looking for art related activities. There are many plays that are enjoyable for children. Going to the theater is a good way for kids to learn about different aspects of art that are outside of the realm of visual arts. A good rule of thumb according to Helene Goldnadel when planning trips to the theater is to take the age of the child into consideration. The theater may not be the best place for a child who has a hard time sitting still or is still too young to understand the theme of a play.

 

Another great place to go is the local museum. Many museums offer exhibits that are child friendly and some have classes and workshops created especially for children. The museum is also a great place for older children to develop art appreciation and learn about the different types of visual art. Many museums also offer discounted entry fees for children and students. Some museums even offer days that have free entry for promotional purposes. Checking the entertainment section of the local newspaper or looking online is great way to find out about promotional events.

 

School is another place where children can learn about the arts. Many schools offer extracurricular art programs for students. More progressive schools may have art classes integrated into the general curriculum. Schools that do not offer art programs will at least have access to information about different youth groups in the area. Check into organizations that promote art related activities for children. There are great deals of youth groups that have very low membership costs.

 

Bringing art into the home can be simple and low cost as well. Setting aside a couple of hours each week for art related projects is a good start. Making collages, playing with sidewalk chalk and coloring are all low cost ways to bring art into the home. Parents with more resources can arrange private art or music lessons for their kids. There are many places a parent can go to bring art into the life of their child. Using the resources available such as the Internet, schools and information in local publications is the first step in this direction.

 

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Children have an almost non- stop desire to be creative. They live in a mental space that is constantly curious, expressive, physical, at play, and engaged. The importance of nurturing this creativity is well documented and has amazing benefits. A child who is exposed to and involved in the performing arts often develops a greater capacity for learning. Through the arts, children are encouraged to depend on themselves creatively, so they learn how to solve problems better, while developing the ability to rely on themselves to bring new ideas into the world. They learn to listen to their own compass; speak from their souls.

 

This is not to say that all children should become professional performers. It simply means when children participate in the performing arts they become better equipped to look at the world from many different vantage points. The arts also innately provide a spiritual component. When a child engages in performing arts activities they are stripped of pretenses and they speak from the heart.
The following is a list Helene Goldnadel has put together to give you a little nudge in the direction of engaging your child in the performing arts:

 

Tips to Nurture Your Creative Child:

  • Encourage play acting and dress up; this stimulates a child’s imagination.
  • Create a special “acting out” area in your home. Build a mini-stage, hang curtains from ceiling hooks, throw some dress-up clothes in a costume chest and voila; instant theatre for your little thespians.
  • Encourage your child to compose or make up their own songs and rhymes.
  • Put on some beautiful instrumental music; classical or jazz, grab crayons or paints, some craft paper and have your child “draw what they hear”. This allows them to become lost in the music and makeup their own story. Then ask them what they heard. This will help them develop their story telling ability.
  • Encourage repetition. Kids love to find a song or something they find funny and do it again and again and again. Embrace this quality.
  • Read every day to your children. A comprehensive use of language skills and word play are critical for all children, including the budding artist, and one gets this from reading consistently.
  • When reading rhymes, poetry, Dr. Seuss, A.A. Milne, etc. to your child, emphasize the rhythms. Rhyming books, stories, poetry are inherently musical which helps to develop a child’s “ear” for language.
  • Our voices are capable of a myriad of sounds. When reading to your children use different vocal qualities and dialects. Don’t worry; it doesn’t have to be perfect! Kid’s just love it when you act out and use different voices for different characters.
  • Take your time when you read to your children. When you immerse yourself in a story, they will follow suit.
  • Stop at a cliff hanger when reading narrative so they can’t wait to hear the next installment.

 

Helene Goldnadel surely hope this helps to inspire and encourage you to get your child involved in the performing arts. Helene’s own experience with the arts has enriched her life beyond measure and she believes that is because she started with an appreciation of books, music, and the performing arts at a very young age.

 

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