Why does The Orpheum Theatre value arts education?

Research proves that arts 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 in a tangible and powerful way. Additionally, 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 in a creative, healthy and inspiring way. 

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.

The arts stimulate academic performance, spark economic growth, connect us to one another, and bring joy to our lives that is invaluable for students and adults alike.

Participating in 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 cultivating the whole person by developing intuition, reasoning and imagination through theatre education. 

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

Arts education and community programs are made possible by the generous support of the following foundations, corporations and organizations:  AutoZone, The Broadway League, Target, International PaperNational Endowment for the Arts, Sedgwick, South Arts, and Tennessee Arts Commission.

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