September 15, 2015
Dear Friend of RVCCArts,
In 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives designated the second week of September as Arts in Education week. The original resolution includes the following:
[…] Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines […] is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.
As I write to you today, we are in the midst of this very important week and, across the country, artists and educators are drawing attention to the importance of the arts to every child's education. The arts, in all their forms, help children to discover and understand who they are and play an immense role in keeping them engaged and making them confident and successful - not just within art subjects, but in other areas of their studies, and in life as well.
September also finds us in the middle of the launch of the 19th season of our own AiE programs, School-Time Performances. This season, we present sixteen different shows, from seven different countries, for the education and entertainment of kids and their teachers, preK through grade 12. These offerings run the gamut from book based stories for early readers such as Skippyjon Jones Snow What, to historical dramas for older students about the Underground Railroad and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. We also offer arts from other cultures such as China (New Shanghai Acrobats) and Japan (San Jose Taiko). This year, we've even thrown an entertaining science lesson into the mix with Doktor Kaboom!
In 18 seasons, School-Time Performances has served more than 150,000 school aged children at this type of inspiring event and that all was made possible because of the many wonderful artists; dedicated staff, crew and volunteers; and, of course, our funders and members. As a Friend of the Theatre, your gift of $25 or more will make possible this year…and the next 20 years. Please join today!
P.S. Your gift to support our important work—large or small—is deeply appreciated. Thank you!
Alan Liddell, Director