State Representatives Learn About the Environment Through Fairy Tales with Arts for Learning Indiana


Children thrive with access to the arts. With high arts involvement, young people are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, three times more likely to win an award for school attendance, and four times more likely to participate in a math or science fair. The arts provide a means to encourage, inspire, and motivate students in the classroom and beyond. Young Audiences Affiliates around the country are getting opportunities to show their legislators live examples of programs that demonstrate just why the arts are such a vital part of a healthy, well rounded education. 

Arts for Learning Indiana is a perfect example of this attempt to reach out to policymakers in the name of advocacy. Earlier this month, Indiana State Representatives Justin Moed and Christina Hale visited A4L Indiana's "Once Upon Our Time" programs in their respective districts. The "Once Upon Our Time" program gives students access to a theatrical integration program which connects popular fairy tale characters to environmental issues that are relevant today. On October 3rd, Representative Moed joined the students of Clinton Young Elementary in Indianapolis as they explored theatre and learned sustainability techniques such as recyling, composting and reducing plastic usage. On October 9th, Representative Hale attended the same program at Skiles Test Elementary in Indianapolis and was treated to a theatrical performance from Skiles Test's third graders.

Learn more about arts education advocacy efforts throughout the Young Audiences Network. For more information about Arts for Learning Indiana visit their website, or contact Megan Watson, Communications Coordinator at or at (317) 925- 4043 ext. 120


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