ACCESS FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
Encourage children to form opinions, challenge standards, and become engaged and empowered citizens.
Theatre for young audiences is an exceptional art form that, over and over again, has proven to be a significant contributing factor in the development of children. Studies have shown that sustained exposure to the performing arts at an early age develops an appreciation of music, dance and theatre that lasts a lifetime.
The Access for Young Audiences program offers a much-needed resource to schools, community groups, and similarly focused “high needs” child and youth organizations, by providing low-cost or free tickets to Y Stage Theatre Series and BD&P Mystery Theatre Series productions.
The AYA program levels socio-economic backgrounds and allows kids to be kids, and teens to relate to each other on a deeper, more meaningful level. Children and teens are exposed to positively positioned real-life issues (bullying, drug-addition or racism), and the concept and impact of empathy for others. Most importantly, the AYA program is a tool to incubate the next generation of artists and arts supporters.
Our community partners include but are not limited to Hull Child and Family Services, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Inn From The Cold, YMCA, Calgary Catholic Immigrants Society, Aboriginal Family Support Services, Kids Up Front and local high-needs schools.
For information for applying for the Access for Young Audiences Program for your school or youth organization, please contact:
“For many of our students, this was their first time to experience live theatre. A majority of our students come from environments that struggle financially, socially and culturally. Without the support from Vertigo and your Access for Young Audiences program, our students would not be able to attend.”
— Start Outreach Bowness