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January 15, 2019

Soar in 4 Saturday at The Ringling

Thank you to The Ringling for hosting our first Saturday Soar in 4.  Close to 500 Soar in 4 families attended this amazing day.  This special day was fun for the whole family! We participated in art making and activity stations.  Families also received family activity booklets to use as a guide as they toured the galleries.  Our classroom teachers and paraprofessionals were on hand to help scaffold the families on their learning journey.  Many families also explored The David F. Bolger Playspace.  A tower and slide, basket swings, hand-powered fountains and other novel pieces of equipment delivered good times and gales of laughter.  This initiative provided family-level memberships at no cost to our families in the community to help remove barriers to museum access.  Exposure to the arts improves a child’s lifelong outcomes. Arts education increases the likelihood of graduating from high school; attending and finishing college; and makes students more likely to register to vote.  And having access to art and cultural resources may also improve key aspects of social well-being in disadvantaged neighborhoods.  Thank you to The Ringling for encouraging families of all backgrounds to visit the museums regularly and build a lifelong affinity for arts and culture.  This opportunity removes the social and academic barrier family’s face when they are not exposed to high-quality museum experiences. Many of our families experienced an emotional reaction as they explored the museum and its grounds.  They were so grateful that The Ringling is inclusive, embraces diversity, and offers equity and accessibility to all.