ACHF Arts Education
Educate youth about the artistic process, impact their views on bullying, and impact individual treatment goals. First, theater skills will be assessed through artists' statements, scripts, and performance. Secondly, journals and surveys will determine youths' views on bullying and the effectiveness of theater as a means to develop therapeutic skills. 2: Woodland Hills will become sustainable as an arts learning venue for underserved youth. A sustainability plan will be developed that examines and plans for supporting arts programming costs through ticket sales, outreach performances, and additional funding sources and partnerships with the school district and a local university.
Woodland Hills could only offer theatre with this support, thus the type of arts learning opportunities at Woodland Hills increased. Also, this outcome was measured by a pre-program survey, which indicated only 10% of arts learners had taken part in an in-depth theatre arts learning experience, thus increasing the quantity of arts learning opportunities for Minnesota youth. The majority of theatre experiences indicated by arts learners took place in schools, so offering theatre at a residential treatment center increased the venues for arts learning opportunities. Secondary: Following the completion of the project, 77% of participants said they would definitely or were interested in participating in theatre in the future. In final reflections, 65% of arts learners indicated the arts learning experience helped them gain understanding about their own personal experiences with how people use power and 89% indicated the project helped them work toward treatment goals. 2: Woodland Hills is challenged to develop a sustainability plan that supports arts programming through ticket sales, outreach performances, other funding sources, or through partnerships with the school district or local universities. Staff retention issues at Woodland Hills and budget shortfalls at Woodland Hills and the schools in 2013 meant fewer resources dedicated to building an arts programs, or any program beyond mental health services. Ticket sales generated $685 which was used to help offset space expenses. In spite of program sustainability discussions and fund development efforts, no additional funds have been secured to date. Future arts programming is dependent on donations, sponsorships and grant funding.
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