4 Strategies to Encourage a Special Needs Child to Get Involved in the Arts

4 Strategies to Encourage a Special Needs Child to Get Involved in the Arts

Music and the arts are the cornerstones to any child’s growth and development. They are known to promote creativity, improve motor skills, and boost self-esteem. For children with special needs, they also offer an alternative way for them to connect with the world and a new form of expression. Though it may take some extra effort to encourage your child to get involved with the arts, it is well worth it. 1. Encourage Exploration The best way to encourage your child to get involved with the arts is to let them explore and experiment on their own. Many disabled and...

How Beautiful are the Feet

How Beautiful are the Feet

As a child, I fell in love with dancing. It is a love I still share but it is one God has knit together with a love for missions and evangelism. In the beginning, I wondered how dance could be used to bring about a true heart change cross-culturally, but God wasted no time in expanding my understanding. As I have traveled throughout North Carolina, West Virginia, Mexico, and Rwanda, these places have all varied greatly in culture, but not one has varied in dance being a powerful tool for expressing the Gospel of Christ. Coming in different shapes and...

AFAA Students Excel in Elite Dance Program

AFAA Students Excel in Elite Dance Program

“Oh magnify the Lord with me…” Ballet Magnificat! is the world’s leading professional Christian ballet company. Every year they hold a Summer Dance Intensive in Jackson, Mississippi where students come to train. The summer dance intensive helps to prepare dancers to be able to take dance with them into the real world, no matter their future career, and use it to spread the message of the gospel. There are rigorous dance techniques that students must have mastered in order to be accepted into the program, and only around 25 students are accepted each year per level (levels 4-10, then a...

The Impact of Student Sponsorship

The Impact of Student Sponsorship

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:12 For a couple of years, I have wanted my daughters to be a part of Alamance Fine Arts Academy (previously Arts Alive), but we could not fit it into our very tight budget. When I was told about the scholarship program, it gave me hope that it could become a real possibility. I did not tell my daughters that I had applied for the scholarships at first, but as it became more of a reality, I was able to tell them and they were so excited....

Creating a Godly Environment: A Teacher’s Perspective

Creating a Godly Environment: A Teacher’s Perspective

Attending public school throughout my middle and high school years was truly a challenge that tested my faith daily. I was fortunate enough to be able to spend my afternoons at Arts Alive Fine Arts Studio, where I was able to study my passion of dance while fellowshipping with other believers. That studio was my place of solace and my escape from the daily battle to defend my faith at school. It was also an environment vastly different from those of other studios I had attended in the past. I did not have to worry about the other girls gossiping...

Visual Art: Impacting the World Through Art

Visual Art: Impacting the World Through Art

Stark white. Not a single mark has been made, and there’s unbelievable opportunity for what it could become. How it could end up. Every creator knows that you can’t simply look at a picture and recreate it. You have to work, erase, cover up, mix more paints, overlap, and do it all over again to get the desired result. And maybe the desired result isn’t even created, maybe it turns out completely different, yet almost better. And you step back and your brow furrows and your eyes shine and it’s like you accidentally came up with what you wanted to...