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Celebrating the Transformative Power of Arts in Education

Arts for Learning WNY (formerly Young Audiences of Western New York) joins thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation to celebrate National Arts in Education Week, September 12-16. Throughout the week Arts for Learning will recognize and celebrate the transformative power of arts education through activities that honor the efforts of teachers, artists, and cultural groups working to make the arts a crucial part of education in the lives of community members.

Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week that follows the second Sunday of September as National Arts in Education Week. The celebration is intended to bring attention to the cause of arts education for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students.

"This year's Arts in Education Week is extraordinary because we mark 60 years in the Western New York Community. We wanted to take this opportunity to plan a week of fun, educational activities, many of which are free to the community," said Amelia Schrader, Executive Director of Arts for Learning WNY.

The week of activities planned are:

  • Paint & Sip: September 13th, 5:30-7:30 PM, BriarBrothers Brewing Company Grab your friends and your imagination and join Arts for Learning for an evening of art, brews, and creativity. Attendees will follow along with Teaching Artist, Kristin Brandt, as they paint their very own creations to take home. The price is $35 and includes 1 free drink, light snacks and necessary supplies. Tickets to Paint & Sip can be purchased here.

  • 3-2-1 Happy Hour: September 15th, 5-8 PM, 500 Pearl Join us for three hours, at two bars (Patrick's Rooftop and w xyz, both at 500 Pearl), for one. great cause. $1 of each drink purchased will be donated directly to Arts for Learning WNY.

  • Creative Family Programming: Two Sessions, no registration is required for these free events.

  • Bollywood Dance for All: September 17th, 12 - 12:45 PM, The Reading Park at The Buffalo & Erie County Central Library Students will have the opportunity to work with Teaching Artist, Gaitrie Subryan from Devi Bollywood Dance Studio, as she leads them through various dance forms from the Bollywood film industry. This includes Folk, Garba, Bhangra and Indian Classical Dance Kathak. This program provides students with, low impact cardio, physical activity, and body awareness. Students will also be introduced to dance terminology (both in English and Hindi), they will also work in a group setting that will allow them to build strong connections with one another and with themselves.

  • Dance Party: September 17th, 6-7 PM, Canalside Roller Rink Cindy Hanna All ages are invited to pick your genre Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Social Dances/Ballroom, Broadway, Exercise, Folk and/or just an Intro to Dance with Teaching Artist Cindy Hanna. Dance naturally lends itself to positive social and emotional well being. Self-esteem, cooperation, body coordination, memorization skills, spacial awareness are all explored through fun and exciting dance movements of various styles.

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