Our education programs give participants arts exposure not available elsewhere
40% of youth had no previous arts exposure before participating in the program.
36% do have access to similar opportunities for arts exposure in-school, after-school, or in their communities.
Youth become life-long learners developing comfort engaging in the classroom and integrating arts skills in other learning
73% of participants and 100% of teachers recognize link between arts learning and other disciplines, identifying professional and/or academic applications for program skills.
68% report being more comfortable expressing themselves confidently as a result of the program.
Our education programs transform
how participants see themselves
Youth value arts and artistic experiences
73% of youth express the desire to continue arts learning after the program.
74% indicate that their comfort participating and studying the arts increased as a result of the program.
Youth find identity through the arts by learning and practicing
skills involved in performing and creating works of art
86% of youth are able to describe their performance piece and what they wanted to communicate to the audience through it.
70% indicate that their comfort performing in front of an audience increased as a result of the program.
Youth develop confidence, leadership, and job skills
100% of youth collaborate in groups and 79% identify skills learned from their peers.
Participants indicate that their comfort working in groups and exchanging ideas (66%), leading in groups (54%), and teaching skills to others (65%) increased as a result of the program.
82% report employing conflict resolution skills to work out group disagreements.
Education Program Reach 2011-12
19,022 Children, Youth and Families
Our education programs work with partners in our community to reach Boston's youth with arts learning opportunities in school and in their neighborhoods.
In addition to the student reach above, over 15,000 people in the City of Boston experienced original flash mobs performed by the City Spotlights Teen Leaders, bringing arts and culture to neighborhoods and community centers all over the city.
Citi Performing Arts Center's arts education programs are inspiring the next generation of creative thinkers, doers, and leaders. We are passionately committed to a future where all of the young people of Greater Boston develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence they to excel in school, work, and life.
Now more than ever, creativity is essential for future leaders in every industry. The arts not only instill creativity but support academic achievement by encouraging positive attitudes about school, providing a new lens to understand academic concepts, improving retention, and even increasing graduation rates.
Citi Center's youth participants measurably:
- Develop confidence, leadership and job skills using the arts as a platform.
→ 66% of youth increase their comfort working in group and exchanging ideas.
- Experience creative learning opportunities not available elsewhere.
→ 40% of youth had no previous arts exposure before participating.
- Learn to value creative experiences.
→ 73% of youth express desire to continue arts learning after participating.
- Practice skills involved in performing and creating works of art.
→ 86% of youth use their performance to express themselves to an audience.
- Engage more effectively in the classroom.
→ 68% of youth increase their comfort expressing themselves confidently in the classroom.
- Recognize links between academic curricula, learning, and the value of creativity in the workforce.
→ 73% of youth and 100% of teachers recognize broader application of arts to other classroom learning.