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LSU Performing Arts Academy Offers Programming for Students with Special Needs Through New Partnership

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Oct 02, 2012
Baton Rouge, LA
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Guild member LSU Performing Arts Academy (Baton Rouge, LA) has joined forces with Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge to offer arts education programs specifically designed to include individuals with special needs. The program began earlier this October with a music class that targets teens ages 13-18. After the initial program, the two organizations plan to expand to include other performing arts disciplines such as theatre or dance. Participants in the program will not only learn about music and the performing arts, they will gain all of the benefits of experiential learning: increased communication, better self-confidence, and improved social skills.

"There aren't a lot of programs for this age group that offer the opportunity for them to discover their gifts and talents in the world of the arts," says Jamie Tindle, executive director of Families Helping Families, "This partnership with LSU is a tremendous opportunity to explore not just the arts but also the atmosphere of being on a college campus." Blake Wilson, the LSU Performing Arts Academy director adds, "It's really a natural extension of what we do, which is create opportunities for people from across our community to participate in the arts. No matter what your background is, access to the arts is really a qualify of life issue."

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About LSU Performing Arts Academy
The LSU Performing Arts Academy offers pre-college and community programs in the performing arts for members of the public.  They offer classes and private music lessons for all ages on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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