Podcast Episode 64: How the Arts Build Life Skills

Podcast Episode 64: How the Arts Build Life Skills

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 64 of The New Family Podcast where we explore the link between arts and life skills.

My guest on today’s show has made a massive contribution to the lives of 1,000s of children. Marilyn Field is the founder of non-profit called DAREarts. It provides Canadian at-risk children and youth ages 9 through 19 with an intensive out-of-school arts immersion programs aimed building their confidence, courage and leadership through music, drama, dance, visual arts, architecture, fashion and literature. Through her background as a teacher, Marilyn saw that the arts gave kids the tools to build life skills and to realize their potential as leaders. Today her organization has helped more than 170,000 children. She joins me to talk about what parents should know about the link between the arts and life skills, and a little bit about her life as the other mother to 1,000 of children.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Marilyn.

The DAREarts website

DAREarts programs

Donate to DAREarts

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