Few things are as important as Arts Education for Children
Brazilian cultural performing arts can be a valuable tool in a youth’s physical, mental and social development. Youth who participate in Brazilian cultural arts are more likely to develop the life skills necessary to make better choices in school and relationships. These skills include learning to think critically and creatively, problem-solve, communicate effectively, adapt to diverse situations, collaborate with others, practice self-discipline, and set meaningful goals.
Students develop personal, social and intellectual skills while they learn to work and “play” together in an ensemble. Students learn to cooperate and achieve success as one.
Through performance and community engagement, youth learn about themselves and the world through direct exposure to diverse experiences and cultural traditions outside of their daily lives. We also believe that Participation in inter-generational music and dance communities can provide a vibrant environment for youth to experience mentorship and practice accountability towards others.
Young people who participate in the arts:
- Are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
- Are 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
- Are 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
- Are 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
- Participate in youth groups nearly four times as frequently
- Read for pleasure nearly twice as often
- Perform community service more than four times as often
(Study by Stanford University and Carnegie Foundation For the Advancement of Teaching; 1998)
Samba Fogo schedules arts residencies, assembly performances and guest classes in various schools and programs throughout the year. Residencies can feature Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian drumming, dance, song, and/or creative movement, depending on the interest and budget of each school. Many residencies culminate in a final student performance.
I really cannot ever express how grateful we are for Mason and you and for Samba Fogo. It truly has been life changing for Liam and we appreciate the opportunity you have given him.” – Parent of young band member
For the young, playing music together is a way of deeply interacting with one another, evoking a devotion to excellence, the discipline of working together, and the interdependence between sections, voices and instruments.” – José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema
I just wanted to thank you personally for the amazing work you do. Your energy, joy, and enthusiasm for teaching new experiences is infectious!! Sierra loved her week, and I know we’ll be doing it again!” – Parent of Samba Criança participant