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Darius & Twig

Cuesheet: Darius & Twig
Based on the award-winning novel by Walter Dean Myers, this captivating tale about the power of friendship takes the late author's "unerring eye for what's real and meaningful in life" (Newsday) to depict visceral scenes of inner-city struggle with sensitivity and wit.
Theater, Family, Controversial

Titus

Cuesheet: Titus
Ten-year-old Titus has seen life’s disappointments pile up and he’s on edge—the edge of the school roof to be exact. From that perch, he shares the story of his life and all the losses that have left him hurting. He still has his wicked sense of humor, but can he find a ray of hope and happiness for the future?
Theater, Family, Controversial, Playwrights & Plays

Mouth Open, Story Jumps Out

Cuesheet: Mouth Open, Story Jump Out
Master storyteller Polarbear introduces a world of zany characters and madcap adventures. Journey with him as he takes you back to the day he started making up stories for fun, for fame, for friendship…and for his lost father.
Theater, Poetry, Hip-Hop, Family

Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood

Cuesheet: Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood
Once upon a time, Peter and the Wolf was a musical tale about a Russian boy who helps catch a wolf. This version features Peter’s tale with tons of twists. For starters, instead of cold, snowy Russia, the story now happens in sunny Hollywood, California.
Family, Animals, Composers, Folklore, Musical Instruments, Orchestra

Jack's Tale: A Mythic Mountain Musical Adventure

Cuesheet: Jack's Tale: A Mythical Mountain Musical Adventure
He’s not the Jack you may know from “Jack in the Beanstalk.” This Jack is based on the heroic character from the Scots-Irish “Jack Legends,” passed down by the early American settlers of the Appalachian mountains.
Theater, Family, Folklore

NSO Teddy Bear Concerts

Cuesheet: NSO Teddy Bear Concerts 2014-15
The 2014-15 season’s Teddy Bear Concerts invite the youngest of music lovers (and their favorite stuffed animal) to join in fun, interactive performances with musicians from the NSO.
Music, Family, Musical Instruments, Orchestra

Mockingbird

Cuesheet: Mockingbird: A World Premiere Kennedy Center and VSA Commission
Adapted by Julie Jensen from the 2010 award-winning book by Kathryn Erskine, this vibrant and moving world premiere play tells the story of a young girl on the autism spectrum who changes a community.
Accessibility, Theater, Literature, Family

Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord's The Suit

Cuesheet: Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord's The Suit
Hearts will be broken in this tragic tale of a wife’s betrayal and a husband’s revenge set in South Africa during the days of apartheid. Can music and wit soften the pain?
Theater, Family, Playwrights & Plays

NSO Family Concert: Mozart's Magnificent Voyage

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Mozart's Magnificent Voyage
Mozart’s young son longs to leave school and spend more time with his famous father. When he finds a magic traveling trunk, his wish comes true as he’s swept back in time to Mozart’s childhood and opera The Magic Flute.
Music, Family, Musical Instruments, Orchestra

NSO Kinderclassics: Bears, Bears Everywhere!

Cuesheet: NSO Kinderclassics: Bears, Bears Everywhere!
It’s a big bear world out there! This concert takes a peek at these adorable creatures and the sounds of their homelands—music as unique as they are. Join NSO musicians and a special guest storyteller for a performance that assembles a wild combination of instruments to create music from around the world.
Music, Family, Musical Instruments, Orchestra

Man of the House

Cuesheet: Man of the House: A World Premiere Kennedy Center Commission
“Son, I’ve got to go. Now you are the man of the house.” Pablito never forgot those words from his father. Now it’s time to do something about them.
Backstage, Family, Theater, Playwrights & Plays

NSO Teddy Bear Concerts

Cuesheet: NSO Teddy Bear Concerts
The 2013-14 season’s Teddy Bear Concerts invite the youngest of music lovers (and their favorite stuffed animal) to join in fun, interactive performances with musicians from the NSO. Concerts include The Tale of Teddy and the Ten Hats, Imagination Duo, and Two Divas and a Bear!
Music, Family, Cartoons, Comics, & Animation

Face Painting

Collection: Family & Community
Explore the lives of immigrants and pioneers in early America. Then, drive along US-90 along the Gulf Coast or take a stroll down U Street in Washington, D.C.-- either place you'll be guided by the voices of the musicians who defined the culture of their community.
Family, Young Artists, Jobs in the Arts

Teens Visiting a Museum

Article: Making Art a Part of Your Teen's Life
Five ways to help make museum visits teen-friendly
Art Venues, Family

Empty Seats in a Theater

Article: Coast to Coast: Arts Places and Spaces
Need to round out your child’s arts education? Check out these 15 museums, theaters, and more that will help you cultivate a strong love for the arts in your kids
Art Venues, Family

Kids at a Museum

Article: Getting and Keeping Your Little One’s Attention
If your preschooler's short attention span makes arts-related outings tricky, read on for four expert tips that will prevent meltdowns and make for an easy and enjoyable excursion
Family, Art Venues

The Kennedy Center Family Theater

Article: Get to Know the Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center’s Office of VSA and Accessibility and ArtsEdge are working in collaboration with the Temple University Program of Occupational Therapy, the Ivymount School and Programs and other special educators, experts, parents, and community representatives to develop this online pre-visit story tool. This site is designed to meet the needs of and to be accessible to individuals of all ages with varying disabilities.
Art Venues, Family

The Taj Mahal

Article: Traveling Abroad: Our Family's Trip to India
Experience one family's trip to India, and learn a few tips for the next time your family travels to an exotic land
India, Family, Language, World Cultures

Hispanic Heritage

Article: ¡Vamos a Celebrar!
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage through the arts
Latin America, Family

Carolers

Article: The Family That Sings Together
A community sing-along guide for families with some tips on singing Handel's Messiah
Family, Young Artists, Music

Homemade Instruments Band

Article: Strike Up the Band: Creating Homemade Instruments
Make musical instruments by using recycled materials from your house
Family, Music, Musical Instruments, Young Artists

Spooky Radio

Article: Making a Spooky Radio Play
Children can learn about storytelling by writing and performing their own radio play
Family, Literature, Theater, Young Artists

Kids Making Chalk Art

Article: Summer Boredom Busters
Tap into your child's creative side with these suggestions for arts-related summer activities and camps
Family, Young Artists

Mom and Son With Diary

Article: A Script to Play With
How playing with 'intentions' changes the a scene
Family

Building Blocks

Article: Build a Story
Using the building blocks of storytelling with your kids
Family

iTouch Reading

Article: Acting & Storytelling
Family-friendly tips for acting out amazing stories
Young Artists, Theater, Family

A Boy Painting in His Bedroom

Article: Home, Creative Home
Inspire your child to be more engaged in the arts by turning sections of your home into creative spaces
Family, Young Artists

Child and Adult Using Camera

Article: Five Arty Activities for the Car and Grocery
Creative ways to keep things interesting
Young Artists, Family

Stage Fright

Article: Scare Away Stage Fright
Help your child let go of performance fears
Backstage, Ballet, Broadway, Dance, Family, Musicals, Opera, Orchestra, Young Artists

A Female Singer Performing

Article: Taking Care of Your Vocal Athlete
A resource for parents of young singers with a guide to choosing the right teacher
Musicals, Music, Family, Jazz, Opera, Popular Culture, Rock & Roll

Article: Make Music Matter in Your Home
Looking to sign your child up for music classes? These seven tips will make sure she starts off her musical career on the right note
Young Artists, Family, Music, Education

girl and boy with paintings

Article: What the Arts Can Do for Your Child
Does your child need a boost of self-esteem? Learn how children can gain self-esteem through a study of the arts
Young Artists, Education, Family

College Arts

Article: Sorting Out College Confusion for the Arts Student
Help your arts-inclined child find the perfect college match
America, Education, Family, Young Artists

Young Dancers

Article: Child's Play or Real Ambition?
How to connect your child with the performing arts
Young Artists, Family, Ballet, Dance, Musical Instruments, Music, Opera, Theater

kid with headphones

Article: Kids' Classical Countdown
A classical music 101 for families and young listeners
Music, Orchestra, Composers, Family

A Child Painting With an Adult

Article: "I Can't! I Won't! I Don't!"
What do you do with the creativity killers that may be lurking in your house?
Family, Young Artists

Young Girls Doing Ballet On Stage

Article: Good Moves for Young Dancers
Expert tips for preventing—and treating—injuries in young dancers
Dance, Family, Physical Activity, Young Artists, Ballet

funny parents

Article: For the Love of Comedy
Kids love to joke around, but if your kid is especially hilarious, a career in comedy could be in her future. These four tips will make sure she gets plenty of laughs along the way
Young Artists, Comedy, Family

Mom and Daughter Doing Crafts

Article: Giving Feedback: Food for Thought for Parents
How can parents talk with and engage with their kids about their creative work? Here are seven suggestions to get you started
Family, Young Artists, Theater, Music, Dance, Ballet, Poetry

Teen performers

Article: Adolescent Artists: Searching for Self
An overview of adolescent development in the arts, focusing on 13-17 year-olds.
Family, Young Artists

College musicians

Article: Young Adult Artists: Living an Artistic Life
An overview of young adult development in the arts, focusing on 18–22 year-olds.
Family, Young Artists

Kid drummers

Article: Self-Discovery, Self-Expression
An overview of child development in the arts, focusing on 10–12 year-olds. Self-awareness and self-expression are the emphases for this age group.
Family, Young Artists

Kid dancers

Article: Intrepid Explorers and Playful Creators
An overview of child development in the arts, focusing on 4–6 year-olds. Play and exploration are the emphases for this age group.
Family, Young Artists

Child artist

Article: Industrious Collaborators
An overview of child development in the arts, focusing on 7–9 year-olds. Working with others and building new skills are the emphases for this age group.
Family, Young Artists

Kid dancers

Series: Supporting Your Young Artist
This series helps parents navigate their child’s development through the arts, beginning in preschool through to their launch into college. Click on your child’s age and stage below to find helpful tips on what to expect and how to support your developing artist.
Family, Young Artists

Mother Holding Her Daughter

Series: My Child, the Arts, and Home
These resources from the Center for Arts Education will help you learn ways to encourage your child to make, learn about, and be inspired by the arts in your home
Education, Family, Young Artists

A Family of Musicians Playing Together

Article: How the Arts Teach the Tools for Success: High School
Learn ways that parents can support their high school child and the arts at home
Education, Family, Young Artists

Young Painter

Article: Help! My Child Wants to Be an Artist
Why you shouldn't worry when your child wants to be a professional artist
Education, Family, Jobs in the Arts, Young Artists

Young boy with horn

Article: How the Arts Teach Life Skills: Grades 6 to 8
How parents can support their sixth to eighth graders and the arts at home
Education, Family, Young Artists

Young Boy Dressed as a Knight While Coloring

Article: It’s Never Too Early to Enjoy the Arts: Pre-K to Second Grade
Is your child interested in the arts? Here's how parents can support their young kids' interests at home
Education, Family, Young Artists

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