USF College of The Arts inspires local K-12 students through new outreach program


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The University of South Florida is making the arts more accessible to students in one of the country's most under-served areas.

The school's College of the Arts is currently piloting a program that brings interactive music, theater, and dance performances to public schools in Hillsborough County, Fla., during their school hours.

The performances are free for the public schools, but performers take their shows on the road and perform at one of the participating schools when possible.

Dean Chris Garvin says he wants to make the arts "accessible to everyone."

"Some kids never get to visit a museum, they can't afford the price of admission, or the ticket to the show," he tells WFTS.

"With this program we are taking action to make the arts accessible to everyone."

Tracy Lisi, the school's music supervisor for elementary schools, says having student performers in a university setting makes the experience more tangible.

"Some students may have never been to a college before, so now they can see a place they may end up regularly attending," she says. Read the Entire Article


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