Boys and Girls Club
THEATREMATTERS! is a partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County and Venice Theatre. The program offers children who live in disadvantaged circumstances in Venice to participate in performance art education – for the fourth consecutive year! 24 members from the Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Club between ages 8-14 participate in the Venice Theatre arts program known as THEATREMATTERS!
The THEATREMATTERS! program is designed to develop each student’s individual talents and skills, as well as teach them to work together as a team, increase their problem-solving skills, and improve their presentation and communication skills. Participants learn about performing, as well as the technical aspects of theatre such as lighting, sets, sound, and costumes. The program runs Monday through Wednesday at Venice Theatre and Thursday at the Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Club.
Recent studies suggest that children who participate in the arts are more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, participate in math and science fairs, and win awards for writing. Arts education also plays an integral role in enhancing children’s developmental skills including motor skills, language development, decision-making skills, visual learning, creativity, cultural awareness, and overall academic performance.
For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County or THEATREMATTERS!, visit the link or call 941-366-3911. (And of course you can always contact Sandy, VT’s Director of Education, at 941-486-8679)
“Look into their eyes. You will see it. The eyes are windows to the soul, and in them you will see determination, growing confidence, commitment, joy. Now please imagine what you will see in those eyes during the tough years of young adulthood. This partnership builds youth leaders through the arts, preparing them for the days of the tough decisions. It helps them build the confidence to say “yes” to the right things and “no” to the others. It helps them see the light at the end of the tunnel. It helps them find joy and—simply—have fun. The program really has just begun in earnest, but already they’re growing. So look into their eyes. You will see it.”
“The partnership with Venice Theatre exposes children to performance art while improving interpersonal skills including their self-confidence and public speaking ability. If it wasn’t for Venice Theatre, many of these children may not have an opportunity otherwise to participate in a theatre program.”