It’s hard to believe the holidays are already here. For many people in western North Carolina, the last eighteen months have been among the most difficult in their lives. Many have lost jobs, some have lost loved ones, and all have faced challenges they would not have expected. 

At the same time, we have persevered, and our area has grown, welcoming new residents and businesses to Asheville and Buncombe County.

The team at Asheville Performing Arts Academy is thankful for the support of our students, parents, and everyone who has helped us foster a love for the arts in children throughout our area.

When the entire world was isolated during the global pandemic, people turned to streaming services for entertainment and connection to some sense of normalcy. We watched as actors and musicians took it upon themselves to do their best to regale us from their homes. 

Performing artists have been integral to providing optimism in the darkest times. There is no way to measure the ways they benefit society. 

Witnessing and participating in performance art has countless benefits for children as well. From courage to cognition, in this article, we are discussing some of the surprising ways your kids can benefit from the performing arts. 

As parents, we would do anything to protect our children. When they are infants, it feels like their lives are delicate and everything in the world is a threat to their safety. As they grow, our focus shifts from primarily protection to teaching how to become the people we want them to be. This is, of course, the most challenging part of parenting. 

Sometimes, it feels like even with our best efforts, we aren’t sure whether we are communicating well with our children. You might wish there was a way the lessons you are teaching could come alive. The good news is that theater does bring those lessons to life. 

The very same morals and historical truths you are trying to impart are on brilliant display on stage. Not only can your child learn as a spectator, but they can be a participant in the shows that have shaped our culture. 

Kids need a lot of things to thrive. They need affection and attention, so they know they are loved. They need a place to live that feels comfortable and safe. Kids need to spend time outside, enjoying and exploring nature. Proper education, quality healthcare, and a strong support system are necessities for each child. 

Parents will do anything to ensure their children have what they need and more. 

At Asheville Performing Arts Academy, each day we see just how much children need theater and the arts. Here are just a few of the reasons we are convinced that children need theater.