Smith Center, United Way bring the arts to preschoolers

Beth Fisher

Smith Center, United Way bring the arts to preschoolers

CREATED Jan. 11, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- We all know the connection between the arts and success in school.

The brains behind the Smith Center know it too. So, they founded the Southern Nevada Wolf Trap early-learning program.  The program is making Las Vegas a better place to live. 

Every few months, they team up with United Way to invite a small group of parents and their preschoolers to an arts event.

Saturday's event will be held at the Springs Preserve. A group of parents and their kids, who attend a United Way preschool, will get time with classical ballet teacher Charmaine Hunter.  She'll be reading the book "All the Water in the World" and encouraging the kids to interpret the words with their bodies.

Hunter says, "For me, it's a way of getting the arts into not just regular school, but in to a preschool program. Trying to use the arts to elevate the level of learning. It's another way we can build a future audience. Without that, we have no art."

The Smith Center and United way say their partnership just made sense because they share a commitment to bringing the arts into preschool classrooms. Or, in this case, bringing preschoolers to the arts.