PHILOSOPHY A strong, well-developed arts education is a requirement for the realization of the potential in each human being. It has been demonstrated and documented by the "Rockefeller Report" that the study of the arts enhances the acquisition of the "three R's" and develops an adaptability and creative approach to the application of the basic skills, which are so important in our rapidly changing world.
THE NEED Children need an introduction to an appreciation of the arts, and our city needs a series of performing arts programs selected and designed especially for children. These programs must be of the finest quality available. We want our children to look forward to each new experience with the performing arts.
HISTORY The Children's Fine Arts Series began in 1982 as a community project and fund-raiser of the Judson Montessori School. In 1988, the Series became an independent non-profit organization. In 1989, we offered the first day shows for schools. Of the 4,500 that attended, 2,500 from the SAISD attended free of charge. Since that time every season, 5,000 to 10,000 attend free of charge from our underserved areas. Generous contributions from individuals, businesses, corporations, foundations and government agencies make it possible for the Children's Fine Arts Series to serve 30,000 children each year. As well as school children and families, we also serve organizations involved with children and families. Each season the Children's Shelter, Big Brothers & Sisters, St. PJ's, Boysville, AVANCE, Healey Murphy CDC, Women's Shelter, SAMM Shelter, Positive Beginnings, and others attend free of charge. We make every effort to serve as many children as possible.
CONCEPT The performances are one hour in length to accommodate the attention span of the young child, and are chosen to enrich, educate and entertain. Music, dance, drama, and song create an environment rich with color, sound, and movement to delight the senses of our young audience.
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Dear Friends, Kathleen Cuny Miller Made possible in part by City of San Antonio, Department of Culture and Creative Development, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, Elizabeth Huth Coates Foundation, Las Casas Foundation, theFund, Rackspace.
Join us as we celebrate thirty one years of presenting performing arts programs for our young children.
The 2013-2014 Season brings an array of outstanding productions. We continue to strive to offer our children innovative, educational and most importantly entertaining productions to delight our young audience. The performances are one hour to accommodate the attention span of the young child. Music, dance, drama and song fill the theatre creating an environment rich with color, sound and movement to engage and sustain audience interest.
Many of the national and international professional touring groups that we present are acclaimed as the outstanding performing groups available for children. While the productions often deal with issues relevant to children in today's society, the most important ingredient is fun. We strive to make this experience one that will fill them with a sense of wonder and an eagerness for more. For many children this is their first experience with a live production, we want it to be a joyous memorable one.
Since 1982 the Children's Fine Arts Series has presented such outstanding performers as The Little Angels from Korea, TheatreBeyondWords- Canada, Visible Fiction-Scotland, Theatre Terra-the Netherlands, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, Kennedy Center on Tour, Riders in the Sky, Tanglewood Entertainment, Saigon Water Puppets of Ho Chi Minh City, Paul Taylor Dance, Natyanjali Dance Company, Lyric Opera of San Antonio, Ballet Austin and the Salzburg Marionettes.
In 1989 the Children's Fine Arts Series began presenting performances for pre-schools and elementary schools. Over 180,000 children and adults from our inner city schools, Title I schools and from organizations involved with children and families have attended our shows free of charge. Our performing arts programs are made possible by the generous contributions of corporations, foundations, government agencies and individuals, as well as many volunteers.
The Children's Fine Arts Series is the only presenter of performing arts in San Antonio for young children, exclusively. Join us as we educate, enrich and entertain our children while nourishing their spirit. Bring a child and share the wonder and excitement!
Kathleen Cuny Miller
Made possible in part by City of San Antonio, Department of Culture and Creative Development, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, Elizabeth Huth Coates Foundation, Las Casas Foundation, theFund, Rackspace.