Why does The Orpheum Theatre value arts education?

Research proves that drama education: Enhances Learning, Improves Test Scores and Motivates Students

Through storytelling, drawing, play-acting, and dancing, children make connections to what they’ve learned and experienced. Attending performances builds listening and observation skills and improves cognitive learning.

Performing Arts education provides opportunities for children to explore their own interests and talents and learn to express themselves. 

Arts education plays a key role in building the workforce of the 21st century. Creativity and innovation are vital skills in all fields.  Through the arts, children learn to make judgments in the absence of rules and discover that problems can have more than one solution.

Arts education stimulates academic performance and economic growth. More than that, arts education connects us to one another and brings joy to our lives.

Live theatre changes lives, develops well-rounded individuals, strengthens basic learning skills and builds self-worth. The Orpheum Theatre's Community & Education Programs area is committed to offering educational opportunities using theatre to develop basic learning skills, discipline, and self-esteem to cultivate the whole person by developing intuition, reasoning and imagination. 

The Orpheum's programs fulfill an important need in the Mid-South Region and it is essential no child be turned away because of an inability to pay. Donations, Sponsors and grants strengthen the educational programs at the Orpheum Theatre and allow us to reach more children.

Arts education and community programs are made possible by the generous support of the following foundations, corporations and organizations:  AutoZone, Bank of America, Belz Enterprises, Broadway League, Target, International Paper, National Endowment for the Arts, Sedgwick CMS, SouthArts, Tennessee Arts Commission, Thomas & Betts

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