In an effort to inspire and motivate the next generation of creative thinkers, Assure America Corp. has launched a new community outreach program focusing on children’s experiences with the arts.
The goal of the Arts Youth Education Program – AYEP—is to provide hope to youth who would not typically have the opportunity or resources to explore the arts. Through Assure America Corp.’s $25,000 endowment, the program provides support to schools, nonprofits, youth groups, student groups and other organizations to help youth embrace the arts, engage in thoughtful conversation and enhance their knowledge about the world.
The curriculum provides school-aged children with access to various venues of visual arts, music, literature and theater. The program accomplishes this through on-site experiences, instruction and introspective debate, with the latter providing the undercurrent for intuitive thought, emotional connections and deeper understanding.
Assure America President and CEO Matthew Magnone said that funding educational experiences is part of the foundation of the company.
“Creative thinking inspires life, embeds hope and challenges the status quo,” Magnone said. “For nearly a century, we’ve worked to educate and protect our clients while treating people with compassion. Now, we can provide children with the means to experience the arts and, in turn, spark a passion – whatever that passion might be.”
While the arts offer a wide spectrum of inspirational and educational opportunities, several of the qualified applicant programs are:
- Writing, poetry and literary lectures
- Art exhibits, galleries and museums
- Photography exhibits
- Music concerts including the symphony, jazz, blues and other genres
- Movie theaters and plays
- Fashion exhibitions
- Ballet and other dance troupes
All submissions are evaluated on the quality of the program and the value of its goals. Namely, “Can the experience make a difference in the life of a participant? Will the event inspire participants to make a difference in the lives of others?” After the event, participants are encouraged to write a letter recapping their experience and what values they learned.
For more about the program, visit assureamerica.com/ayep.