Children First: Kids and the Arts

ABC30 special on the importance of arts education

Music, art, dance, theatre, video production! Exposing kids to the arts can pay off. ABC30 will air a half-hour special on why it's important to give all children a creative outlet. Action News AM Live anchors Jason Oliveira and Margot Kim host "Children First: Kids and the Arts," Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 6:30PM with a rebroadcast on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 9:00AM.

According to a recent report by the National Endowment for the Arts, "At-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities and more civic engagement." This Children First special includes a Fresno teen abused as a child, but is now thriving through music. A local art teacher helps teens express themselves. Children perform with the Fresno Philharmonic. A community center offers free music and dance lessons. A video competition has kids picking up cameras and producing amazing work!

Children First is a yearlong effort focusing on the challenges, problems and opportunities facing our youth in Central California. The program focuses on how the average person can make a difference in a child's life and highlights local organizations that work with kids. The Children First campaign includes half-hour programs like "Kids and the Arts," thirty second public service announcements and special stories on Action News.

Music For Hope

Any Given Child Program

Central Unified School District

Fresno Unified School District

Acel Charter School

Fresno Philharmonic

Fresno Art Museum

Children's Musical Theaterworks

Valley Performing Arts Council

Fresno Arts Council-Art Hop

Community Center For The Arts And Technology

Slick Rock Student Film Festival

National Endowment For The Arts

Fresno County Office Of Education

Children's Hospital Central California

Educational Employees Credit Union

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