We’ve been talking a lot about arts-based research and programming at #wpgboldness lately, and for good reason. It has been proven that access to meaningful arts-based programming at an early age can have significant positive effects on a child including increased feelings of self-confidence and belonging, decreased amounts of stress, and can even promote academic success.
It is precisely for these reasons that The Winnipeg Boldness Project has embraced a new and exciting idea developed through a partnership with National Leasing that focuses on providing opportunities for exposure to arts and theatre for Point Douglas families and children.
Through the support of National Leasing and their strong connections with organizations such as Prairie Theatre Exchange, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, families involved with The Winnipeg Boldness Project are able to not only attend certain theatre and music productions free of charge, but are also given the VIP treatment with backstage tours, workshops, free acting classes, and other exciting opportunities for learning and skill building.
As we have discussed in the past, The Winnipeg Boldness Project is looking at Early Childhood Development in the North End of Winnipeg and working to raise outcomes for young children in this neighbourhood area. We believe that experiences with arts and music, especially when provided at an early age, can be a critical influence in human development, and the connections made through this program can open doors to new possibilities for community families and their children.
We held our first activity at the beginning of January, which included free tickets to ‘Mission: Munschpossible’ as performed by the Prairie Theatre Exchange. A backstage tour hosted by one of the actors that provided a look into set production and costume design created a feeling of wonderment as the children in attendance asked lots of questions, while trying on different costumes. By the end of the day, they were super excited and mimicking the performers by pretending to act on stage.
Throughout the next year or so we’ll be posting updates regarding the various events that the families attend, so follow along here on our blog or on social media to see photos and keep up-to-date on this great program made possible by National Leasing!