MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for ARTS & CREATIVITY
A unique partnership with Wharton Center's MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity allows Broadway Grand Rapids to integrate the performing arts and academics through participatory, lifelong learning programs. By providing a nurturing environment to engage in the creative process and discover the fundamental value of the performing arts, these programs do more than simply entertain; they also educate, engage and inspire.
Artist residencies serve as a cornerstone of arts education efforts. An artist-in-residence is a professional performer with a dual role as a "teaching artist." During a multi-day stay in our community, an artist-in-residence shares his or her expertise and insights on creativity during close interaction with youth and adult learners.
Programs are presented in close collaboration with select West Michigan arts organizations and local educators to ensure they meet the needs of the community. Innovative programs such as Take It From The Top, a series of interactive musical theater workshops taught by working Broadway professionals, and the annual artist residency with the internationally acclaimed Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, help build vital life skills such as creativity, self-esteem, teamwork and more, while also connecting to core curriculum for area students.
Experiencing the performing arts is about much more than being entertained. The arts have the power to teach, to inspire, to unify, and truly transform individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Time and time again, research shows that young people who are engaged in the arts do better in school and are more involved in their communities. They also demonstrate higher academic performance including increased standardized test scores and lower drop-out rates than those students not involved in the arts.
Seats 4 Kids is a scholarship fund established by Broadway Grand Rapids to provide free tickets to local youth who could not otherwise afford to attend a performing arts event.