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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The Florida Orchestra: Great Big World

October, 2021 LIVE Concert CANCELLED

October, 2021 LIVE Concert CANCELLED

We are calling this year’s concert Great Big World, and it will explore plants, animals and other wonders of our planet. Audiences will venture into various landscapes through pieces such as Jennifer Higdon’s “Teton Range” from All Things Majestic and excerpts from Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. The orchestra will mimic animals small and large, from bumblebees to elephants, with music by Camille Saint-Saëns and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The adventure will end in the water with excerpts from Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz and… See more

Curriculum Connections: Classical Music, Worldwide Cultures, Music Education

Holiday Traditions Around The World

Monday December 13, 2021 & Tuesday December 14, 2021 | 10:30AM & 12:00PM | K – 5 | $5 | Tickets

This fast-paced, rollicking musical that takes a joyous around the world tour of the dances, songs and stories from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and many more. Students will sing, clap and tap along as they learn new and old traditions, customs and folklore that instill the magic of the season. This wonderful jubilee creates a memorable and heart-warming experience that celebrates the true spirit of cultural diversity. Now in its 22nd year of touring… See more

Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, Diversity, World Culture

Jack Hartmann Concert

Tuesday January 18th, 2022 | 10:30AM & 12:00PM | Pre K – 3 | $5 | Tickets

Jack’s back with his unique and always joyful way of reminding children and adults alike that learning can be both active and loads of fun! Featuring a mix of both well known favorites and exciting new material, Jack will have everyone on their feet while practicing the basics of counting, language arts and social skills. Jack’s good nature is infectious as are his original songs. You’ll be singing along both during the show and for a long time after See more

Curriculum Connections: Music, Math, Science, Fitness

Pinkalicious The Musical

Thursday February 17th, 2022 | 10:30AM & 12:00PM | K – 5 | $5 | Tickets

Based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, this is the tale of Pinkalicious, who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe–a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. Alas Pinkalicious needs a way out of her pink predicament, and joined by her family they find unity and appreciation in the quirks that define us all.. See more

Curriculum Connections: Growing Up, Selfish Love, Betrayal

Charlotte’s Web

Wednesday April 20 & Thursday April 21, 2022 | 10:30AM & 12:00PM | K – 5 | $5 | Tickets

Based on E.B. White’s best- selling children’s paperback book of all time, Charlotte’s Web tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with an extraordinary barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of a trip to the butcher, Charlotte is determined to save him. She begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some Pig” to persuade the farmer to let him live. It’s the beginning of a victorious plot which ultimately ends with the now safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte See more

Curriculum Connections: Classic Literature, Sacrifice, Teamwork 

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.

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