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The BRAINY Program
Jan Delay,
BRAINY (BRinging Arts INtegration to Youth) is an integrated arts project at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) at Colorado State University. The project, now in its second year, brings 3rd and 4th grade students from Title 1 elementary schools to the UCA for a full day of interactive arts experiences in four arts disciplines – music, theatre, dance and art. Pre and post-visit activities, designed for classroom teachers are integrated into the program. Transportation and lunch is provided for each school.\nBRAINY is a collaborative effort between key personnel in the School of the Arts including professors in dance, music, theatre, art education and the staff of the University Art Museum. The sessions are taught by university faculty and by CSU students under the guidance of faculty mentors. CSU students gain from a hands-on opportunity to share their skills with children and expand their teaching experiences.\nThe BRAINY program brought in 355 students from seven schools in the 2009-2010 academic year. Seven schools will participate in the 2010-2011 academic year. In 2011-2012 we propose serving 500 students from 10 schools and expanding this project into an ongoing community outreach program serving low-income youth from Northern Colorado. By targeting the same schools and age groups each year we have contact with the same teachers which reinforces the concepts and ideas around arts integration.\n