Tuesdays With Stories at RVCCArts

Dear Friend of RVCCArts,

As I write today, we again are hosting hundreds of children, preK and up, their teachers and their parents for one of our School-Time Performances. Every day it seems, there is a new report or study confirming 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.

A recent article in Liberal Education magazine, Cocurricular Arts Programming and an Integrative First-Year Experience by James Creech and Maryam Zomorodian, made a case for engaging students with the arts during the formative first year of their college experience. The reasoning is essentially the same as with the very young. These lifechanging events help them to, "broaden their perspectives," and to, "reflect on the purpose and meaning of their lives."

This year marks our 22nd season of our School-Time Performances. This season, we present fourteen different shows and a monthlong photo exhibit, from eleven 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 today's Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny, to historical dramas for older students about the Freedom Riders and the life of local icon Paul Robeson. We also offer arts from other cultures such as Spain (Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana) and Japan (Yamato -- The Drummers of Japan). This year, we've even presented our very first performance for babies, Hup, a classical music experience for ages 0 to 24 months.

In 21 seasons, School-Time Performances has served more than 190,000 children, teachers and parents at this type of inspiring event and that 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 makes possible this year…and the years to come. Please join today!

Alan Liddell
Alan Liddell, Director

P.S.  Your gift to support our important work—large or small—is deeply appreciated. Thank you!

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The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876
Box Office: M-F, 11-4, 908.725.3420

The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College
P.O. Box 3300, Somerville, NJ 08876-1265 (908) 218-8867
Email questions and comments to: (theatre@rvccarts.org)