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Arts Impact on Kids

A New Victory Teaching Artist leads students in a classroom workshop

Learn about how The New Victory Theater is spearheading a groundbreaking study to evaluate the impact of performing arts on kids.

The New Victory Theater is currently evaluating five years of research tool design and data collection to define and measure how kids are transformed by live performances. Since opening our doors in 1995, The New Victory has been solely dedicated to kids and families, which means that for over two decades we have witnessed the performing arts’ powerful ability to move, inspire, excite and ultimately change the lives of young people. But could this change be proven? Do kids need theater?

Under the leadership of Lindsey Buller Maliekel, New Victory Director of Education, Public Engagement, the theater partnered with Dennie Palmer Wolf, Steven Holochwost and Alan Brown from the research firm Wolf/Brown to develop a rigorous research protocol investigating the intrinsic impact of the arts on youth. While much of the existing research on arts education focuses on outcomes distant from the arts, such as attendance and grades, The New Victory is looking at how intense engagement and integration of theater, circus, opera and dance in a school community affects the ways each child sees themself differently and forecasts for their own future.

The research tools and outcomes will have a profound and lasting resonance in the performing arts, and we’re beginning to share some of that information with the fields of theater for young audiences and arts education.

Recent and Upcoming Speaking Engagements:

  • April 24 & 25: Lindsey Buller Maliekel, Dennie Palmer Wolf, Val Ong & Jamie Roach at the 2019 Face to Face Conference, New York, NY
  • May 9: Courtney J. Boddie at the 2019 TYA/USA Festival, Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 31: Lindsey Buller Maliekel at the 2019 Imaginate Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • July 31: Lindsey Buller Maliekel at the 2019 American Alliance of Theater Educators National Conference, New York, NY

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The New Victory Intrinsic Impact longitudinal research study was made possible thanks to the generosity of The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.

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