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Living Arts Expands Early Childhood Program Through Partnership

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Mar 07, 2013
Detroit, MI

Living Arts recently announced a partnership with Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts to expand its specialized early childhood arts integration model to pre-K classrooms in Southwest and metro Detroit. As part of this newly installed Wolf Trap Regional Program, the Wolf Trap Institute will train Living Arts’ Early Learning teaching artists in Wolf Trap methodologies of infusing the performing arts into pre-K curriculum to support young children’s social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive development. This training will enhance Living Arts’ El Arte Early Learning program, which has provided arts-infused residencies at Matrix Human Services Vistas Nuevas Head Start Centers in Detroit since 1996. Classroom teachers and children will be engaged in drama, music, and movement experiences during eight-week residencies scheduled to begin in 30 classrooms in mid-March.
Living Arts was awarded a Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant by United Way for Southeastern Michigan, which helped make Detroit Wolf Trap possible. SIF is a 5-year federal grant recognizing the best and most promising practices in early childhood education across the nation. The grant also provides Living Arts the opportunity to align their evidence-based El Arte learning program with the national best-practice model developed by Wolf Trap.

About Living Arts Detroit

Living Arts is a multi-faceted arts provider anchored in dance artistry and dedicated to youth development, cultural enrichment, and the broader growth and development of the entire Detroit community, with a focus on Southwest Detroit. Annually, Living Arts reaches over 4,000 youth and adults in Detroit through arts-infused academics, dance education, and community arts programs.

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