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Performing Arts and Out-of-School Learning

Arts education is often associated with four primary disciplines: (1) theater, (2) music, (3) dance, and (4) the visual arts. National arts organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Education Partnership also include in this list media arts, design, and literature. Within and across these domains are the performing arts, defined in this entry as the use of voice, movement, and/or other tools (instruments, props, puppets) to create metaphorical representations of events and experiences intended to be performed for a live audience or a future, digital audience. Learning out of school about and through the performing arts is important because, through these activities, young people gain self-confidence and learn valuable skills in creativity, communication, and collaboration. Moreover, such activities are ...

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