Smart Arts! Program
Created in 2015, professional artists, using music, drama, and interactive fun, give Pre-K to 4th-grade children insights into the importance of reading, appreciating nature, understanding their emotions, staying healthy, handling bullying, and many other topics of importance. Up to two hundred and fifty young students attend each session. Smart Arts! Is presented in the Queen Theater.
Several times a month, children from underfunded schools come by bus the Queen Theater to experience a cost-free, education-based, musical performance.
A 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that exposing children to music accelerates brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition, math, and reading skills. Music ignites all areas of child development: intellectual, social, emotional, motor and small muscle skills, language, memory skills, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression.