"From the earliest times, humans have communicated their most profound thoughts and deepest feelings through music, dance, drama, and art... Today, the arts - whether conveyed in cyberspace or in the more traditional venues of the concert hall, theater, museum, or local arts center - remain essential to us as individuals and as a society. They are the means by which we make sense of the world and our individual and collective experiences in it. They help us appreciate our rich cultural heritage in the United States and the cultures of others throughout the world. It is essential that our children and youth experience the arts at an early age, and often."
- Learning through the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts, May 2002
The Union County Performing Arts Center places high priority on the development of arts education initiatives. We believe that all people are inherently creative - with the ability to appreciate, understand and make art. The UCPAC sponsors, presents and promotes national and regional performing arts programming of professional quality for the cultural enrichment and education of children and families. The UCPAC's education initiatives provide the opportunity for children of all backgrounds to come into direct contact with the arts - not just as passive observers, but also as active and engaged participants.
UCPAC education initiatives support the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Visual and Performing Arts. We believe that an education in the arts is essential for the achievement of human, social and economic growth. We choose and provide the best productions available - designed specifically to enrich, educate and entertain children. Music, theater, dance and film programming create an environment rich with color, sound and movement to delight the senses of our young audiences.
Students enrolled in the UCPAC's arts education programs are introduced to an environment where the arts provide:
• The ability to be creative and inventive decision makers
• Varied and powerful ways of communicating ideas, thoughts and feelings
• An enhanced sense of poise and self-esteem
• The confidence to undertake new tasks
• An increased ability to achieve across the curriculum