Symphony Space’s Global Arts at the Palace Theater Brings Vibrant Cultures to Life for Local Youth
This summer, dozens of children from Fairfield and Westchester County explored the cultures of Africa, Asia, Latin America and Indigenous peoples of North and South America in new ways – by as artists. Symphony space‘s “Global Arts: Culture, Literacy & Heritage”, a four-day interactive program presented and sponsored by The Palace Theater in Stamford, offered 47 children in third, fourth and fifth grade the opportunity to engage in the living history of the vibrant cultures and artistic practices that shape their local and global communities.
Symphony space created “Global Arts” with the belief that the arts bring people together, transcend barriers and celebrate both our similarities and our differences. Using the arts as primary sources of rich information about the people who created them, each day consisted of activities such as journal writing, storytelling and drama, dance and music, elements of Chinese opera (singing, drama, conversation, sword fighting and ribbons), African and Mexican rhythms and dances, Japanese taikoza drums as well as Capoeira Luanda and Afro-Brazilian martial arts.
“Arts education is hugely important to The Palace,” said the organization’s president and CEO, Michael Moron. “As a non-profit organization, we understand the importance of collaboration and see the tremendous value of reaching out through the arts to benefit our community. We were thrilled to welcome Symphony space – particularly as the first venue for ‘Global Arts’ outside of New York – and I look forward to future partnerships.”
The Palace’s Arts in Education programs run year-round and strive to educate, challenge and inspire local youth by providing opportunities for performance, choreography, masterclasses and intensives. in theatre, voice and dance. Students learn skills that are important for academic and personal success, such as confidence, problem solving, teamwork, perseverance, and focus.