A word from our founder:
Just last weekend I was up in Syracuse at the annual NYSTEA (New York State Theatre Education Association) conference. It. Was. AWESOME. What is NYSTEA? Oh, I’m so glad you asked.
A strong, statewide organization to advocate for Drama/Theatre Education in New York State, NYSTEA promotes and supports theatre education in grades K-12 for the betterment of youth and theatre itself.
NYSTEA believes theatre is an essential part of a K-12 education for all students, developing abilities needed for the 21st century such as:
- Creativity & innovation
- Critical thinking & problem solving
- Communication & collaboration
- Flexibility & adaptability
- Initiative & self-direction
- Productivity & responsibility
- Cross-cultural skills
- Social responsibility
In other words, it’s like our mentor. It’s an organization that recognizes the importance of the arts in this world, and is committed to cementing their place in the classroom.
The beautiful thing about NYSTEA is that its members values ALL education. They do not imply that arts are the only thing worth learning, they just simply state that the arts are an essential part of a true, well-rounded, complete education. After all, education is made up of the three A’s:
ACADEMICS for the mind…
ATHLETICS for the body…
& ART for the soul.
Thank you, NYSTEA, for all that you do!