Muncie Ballet Studio hosts a free event with community partners
The Muncie Ballet Studio hosted free performances by dancers ages three and up for the community on June 26 at Canan Commons Park. The performance event was a collaboration between the studio and the City of Muncie.
Community partners for the event included the Muncie Public Library, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Health Services and Ball State PBS. The event and activities focused on motivating children to make healthy and balanced choices.
“The event is all about balancing your life and – despite the tough times everyone has gone through – that you always take the time to enjoy things,” said Michelle Kinsey, Community Engagement and Grants Manager at Ball. State PBS.
Ball State PBS airs children’s programs created on the Ball State University campus in several counties in east-central Indiana.
“Whenever there’s a family community event, I want to be involved – I especially want PBS to be involved – because we have so many amazing resources and fun things families can enjoy together,” Kinsey said.
Ball State PBS had a variety of activities in their tent, including yoga poses for the kids to try out. Kinsey also shared books that included characters from PBS shows and family summer activities.
“It’s so important to take the time to really get out and have fun with the family,” said Kinsey.
The Muncie Symphony Orchestra organized a petting zoo – where children could try out playing different instruments – to promote their community partnership program “Together in Music”.
Symphony Orchestra member Annie King said the “Together in Music” program is a community outreach project that aims to inspire passion for live symphonic music and provide education for children and parents.
“One of the things we hope for is just to get kids interested in music,” King said.
The Muncie Public Library used their tent to promote the importance of reading and the staff provided books to the children.
Anne Cupp, who works in youth services at the Muncie Public Library, said the library distributes books donated by Classroom Connections of East Central Indiana – an organization that aims to provide resources for teachers and students to ensure quality education for students. The library also promoted its new initiative called “Yes We Care! Read everywhere! »Encourage everyone to read at least 15 minutes a day.
“Our goal is to get as many books out as possible and encourage kids to read because reading is fundamental,” Cupp said.
The free event allowed the Muncie community to inspire children to stay active during the summer and promote activities that will keep their minds engaged.