Alyse is a student at Elizabeth Freese Elementary School in San Diego who loves to dance.
Her favorite subject is math.
California Arts Council grant recipient the Malashock Dance Company is there to make sure both of Alyse’s passions stay strong.
Malashock’s Math in Motion program, explains managing director Molly Puryear, was developed in response to student’s creeping doubt of their mathematical abilities as they grow. Through dance, MIM teachers offer kids a tangible, kinetic connection to math, boosting their confidence to self-express and solve equations.
“Dance and math are my two favorite things, so being able to combine those two together makes me really happy,” said Alyse.
As an arts supporter, we know you get it. You understand the relationship between the arts and academics, and the importance of programs such as Math in Motion. Yet less than 40 percent of all California students currently receive any kind of arts education in school.
If you have yet to file your taxes this year, consider making a tax-deductible contribution on your state tax return in the amount of $1 or more to the Keep Arts in Schools Fund. Donations from the fund are critical to our efforts to increase arts education statewide, and every dollar counts. Just look for the fund in the Voluntary Contribution section of state tax returns. All donations directly support our arts education grantees – we don’t hold on to a penny here at the State.
This year, thanks in part to contributions from the Keep Arts in Schools Fund, we are able to expand our arts education grant programs to reach even more students than ever before. By making a contribution, you’re making a difference. You can help more grantees like the Malashock Dance Company bring arts experiences to more kids like Alyse.
After all, we’re in need of creative math whizzes like her for many tax seasons to come.
Visit the California Arts Council Keep Arts in Schools page to learn more.