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Impact of the Arts on Learning & Educational Success  

With shrinking budgets and prioritization of core academics, young people today are participating in fewer and fewer arts enrichment experiences.  For many schools in the region, TCT replaces and enhances the theatre arts experiences that most schools are unable to provide through onsite workshops and residencies.

During the 2020-2021 season: 

A summary of arts education research from Americans for the Arts finds that the arts boosts learning and achievement for students. Some key findings: 

Impact on High School Achievement and on Graduation Rates 

In a study of 25,000 students, Americans for the Arts found that students who participate in the arts, both in school and outside of school, demonstrate improved academic performance, increased standardized test scores, and lower dropout rates.  

Research conducted between 1987 and 1998 on young people working in the arts for at least three hours on each week throughout at least one full year demonstrated the following: 

Impact of JumpStart Theatre Program for Student Success  

TCT hosted the JumpStart showcase event with 6 schools in TCT JumpStart program designed to build sustainable theatre programs in middle schools throughout the region. 

The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) in partnership with iTheatrics and Music Theatre International (MTI) initiated the JumpStart Theatre program in 2015. TCT took over the administration of the program locally while JumpStart Theatre expanded nationally and continues to be one of six JumpStart Theatre partners in the U.S. that help to create sustainable theatre programs in middle schools where previously there were none. A 2019 professional assessment of the program on student growth in social and emotional skills found improvement in the following areas: 

The Children’s Theatre at The Emery

To ensure its future as a premiere arts organization in our region and expand its innovative programming that reaches and teaches, TCT is embarking on a transformational campaign, A Crown for the Queen City, to reimagine and restore the landmark Emery Theater as TCT’s permanent MainStage home and a state-of-the-art venue for the region. 

With The Emery as its home, TCT will fill a critical void left by the diminishing availability of arts education. TCT provides young audiences with the space to experience theatre as entertainment, and the profound impact of theatre to teach and inspire.

TCT’s goal is to provide affordable theatre programming to all children, regardless of socioeconomic background, so that they equitably receive the many benefits of arts exposure. TCT is committed to the principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access. Its programming and storytelling encourage inclusivity and promote acceptance of others’ differences. Children see themselves onstage at TCT through casting choices – recent performances featured Cinderella, Lois Lane, and Annie as characters of color. Direct feedback from patrons praises TCT for the diversity of its cast and performances.

One such patron shared the following: “I love the diversity, variety of plays, and how much my sister and I enjoy the shows just as much if not more than my daughter and my nephew. We all talk about the shows long after and [the children] reenact the whole thing for the entire family after church on Sunday. Hands down you are the best theatre in Cincinnati.” 

To ensure its future as a premiere arts organization in our region and expand its innovative programming that reaches and teaches, TCT is embarking on a transformational campaign, A Crown for the Queen City, to reimagine and restore the landmark Emery Theater as TCT’s permanent MainStage home and a state-of-the-art venue for the region. With The Emery as its home, TCT will unlock its potential to inspire diverse audiences with original works and even more innovative programming.

TCT will also expand programming for younger children (theatre for the very young) and teenagers, works that would be considered a revenue-risk in its current rented space. Bringing TCT to The Emery ensures Cincinnati’s premiere children’s theatre can continue to provide arts access, education, and foundational wellbeing to the families and students of our region and across the Midwest for generations to come. 

While not yet public, and still in the silent phase of the campaign, I am pleased to tell you that the campaign initiatives are being met with great enthusiasm putting us already at 52% of our overall fundraising goal!