When evaluating our arts education giving, we look to support programs that integrate arts education into academic curricula and demonstrate key student academic components. The Theatre Lab at Florida Atlantic University (TLFAU) is a prime example of an organization implementing an arts-based approach to academic challenges. In 2015, the Theatre Lab launched programming at their new home with the Florida Atlantic University, partially funded by our foundation.
Theatre Lab serves students in grades three to 12 over two semesters through distinct but related programs: Future PAGES and Authors of Act Two. Future PAGES engages students from 17 public school and community-based organization partners in standards-based theatre education, a multidisciplinary theatre arts program taught through live professional performance, cross-curricular theatre training and playwriting workshops. Authors of Act Two (AA2) partners with local organizations serving at risk/incarcerated youth providing basic theatre arts instruction and training in dramatic writing.
Through these interventions, 80% of students demonstrate improved literacy, specifically vocabulary and writing skills, and 75% of AA2 students increase their communication and listening skills through utilizing peer feedback techniques.