Expect More Arizona and a group of arts and culture organizations from around the state have launched a unique project to highlight the many learning opportunities available all around us. The goal of the project is to show parents and families how to experience arts and culture venues with their children in rich and meaningful ways.

Initial participants include: Childsplay, Desert Botanical Garden, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Children’s Museum Tucson, Museum of Northern Arizona, and the Phoenix Zoo. Additional partners are expected to join the project as part of a Phase II in early 2015.

“This project fits so well with Expect More Arizona’s efforts to encourage and empower parents in Arizona to support their child by turning every day activities into learning experiences,” says Pearl Chang Esau, president and CEO of Expect More Arizona. “

Today Arts Culture Blog Image Taking a cue from Expect More Arizona’s TodayInAZ.org campaign, each arts and culture organization has identified learning activities specific to their site, with a focus on things adults can do with children. The activity sheets target parents or caregivers of younger children and are available to download online or in hard copy at each location.

Jenny Millinger, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Childsplay sees opportunities to create new activities aligned with their various shows during the year. “Amazing things are happening in schools throughout Arizona, but learning shouldn’t just happen in the classroom,” says Millinger.

Tina Wilson, Director of Education for the Desert Botanical Garden, says her organization is proud to participate with a group of organizations who are working together to effect change for all students statewide. “Arizona is the proud home of many wonderful arts and cultural venues, providing countless educational opportunities for kids and adults to learn together,” added Wilson.

The project is made possible through the generous support of the APS Foundation, a partner in the movement for world-class education for all children.

Activity sheets for each venue can be found at TodayInAZ.org/activities.

Note: If you work for an arts & culture organization and would like to inquire about joining us in Phase II, click here to let us know.

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