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Art to Heart

In November 2006, KET premiered Art to Heart, a unique educational resource for teachers, parents, and child care providers. The first series of its kind, Art to Heart focuses on the importance of the arts as a form of early self-expression for children from infancy through age 8. The series is also being distributed nationally.

Art to Heart presents music, dance, drama, literature, and the visual arts as essential components of early childhood education. Hosted by actress Ana Ortiz, the eight half-hour programs provide parents and educators with the inspiration to make play and creativity a part of each day’s activities. Producer and director Guy Mendes explains, “We wanted to make the case that the arts are an indispensable part of the learning process for young children, and we were fortunate to meet inspired kids and passionate grown-ups who provided us with a multitude of examples of how the arts benefit the whole child and offer more ways for children to succeed.”

Many of those inspired, passionate people are from Louisville and around Kentucky. Alongside such national model art education programs as those at Wolf Trap, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Art to Heart features examples from the Speed Art Museum, the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Stage One, Byck Elementary, St. Agnes Elementary, and the West Louisville Talent and Education Center in Louisville; the Daviess County Public Schools; the Child Development Center, a public library branch, and Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary School in Lexington; a Head Start program in Leitchfield; and the universities of Louisville and Kentucky.

Program 104
Relocating to Louisville, Caufield’s Novelty, the Louisville Science Center, the history of some local sweet treats unwrapped, and a preview of KET’s unique new national series Art to Heart. (#104)