Arts Education Is Essential

Americans for the Arts joined 52 other national arts and education groups, including the Center For The Arts At River Ridge, in signing a unified statement outlining the importance of arts education for all students in this time of crisis.


In the statement, "Arts Education Is Essential," the signing organizations convey that the arts already have played a pivotal and uplifting role during the pandemic, and that arts education can help students as they return to school. Arts education advocates are encouraged to use this statement to help make the case to district leaders, principals, and other education decisionmakers to include arts education teachers and programs in future school budgets and operations planning.

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For Complete 2020-2021 Season List

Stages Productions Presents: Numbers Don’t Lie The Musical

FREE courtesy of the Centers for the Arts at Wesley Chapel and River Ridge

Virtual Link Available Nov. 9, 2020 – Nov. 20, 2020
K – 6 | For Link & Password: Email or

When two failing math students, Algie & Bree take a trip to an enchanted museum, anything can happen. (song-Endless Possibilities) After falling behind their tour group, the kids stumble upon an old broken-down exhibit called “The Brain.” The premise is that you can ask the Brain any question in the world and it will answer the question using math. Curious about the exhibit, they try and get it to work, but to no avail so they… See more

Curriculum Connections: Number Sense & Numeration | Measurement | Geometry & Spatial Sense | Patterning & Algebra |  Data Management & Probability

The Florida Orchestra Presents: Music In The New World

FREE courtesy of the Centers for the Arts at Wesley Chapel and River Ridge

Virtual Link Available Nov. 30, 2020 – Dec. 18, 2020
K – 6 | For Link & Password: Email or

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Florida Orchestra Youth Concerts! TFO has performed youth concerts for students in the greater Tampa Bay area for over 50 years, and we are looking forward to another exciting program this fall. TFO’s Resident Conductor Daniel Black will be back this season to lead students through the concert. Music in the New World will explore the music of North America through the travels of composer Antonín Dvořák. This guide includes rich musical… See more

Curriculum Connections: Music | Musical Instruments | American History | Diverse Cultures


March 12, 2021 | Time TBD | K – 5 | $4

Rapunzel is an enticing musical complete with the long-haired beauty, Prince Charming and the Evil Witch. Rapunzel’s parents, starving and destitute, make a pact with a nearby witch to give her their first born child in exchange for food. Exiled to a lonely tower, only the witch may visit Rapunzel by climbing up her beautiful, long hair. As the years pass, the witch gives the strong… See more

Curriculum Connections: Growing Up, Selfish Love, Betrayal

Research also shows that arts education:

  • Strengthens student problem solving skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success.
  • Helps students development a positive work ethic and pride in a job well done.
  • Helps all students develop more appreciation and understanding of the world around them.
  • Nurtures important values; including team-building skills, respecting alternative points of view and appreciating and being aware of different cultures and traditions.

Award winning lesson plans containing activities that correlate with Florida Assessment Testing and Sunshine State Standards are included for all field trip performances.