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Teaching Youth to Use Art for Social Justice

Arts Education increases learning engagement, self-confidence, and cultural acceptance; it empowers our Youth to discover their voices and speak out through creative expression, so one day they will be the leaders our community wants to see. Today, our Youth Development Program is doing its part to educate these teens by …

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Create Memories, Lessons, & Ornaments with Your Child this Holiday Season

Spending time with family in December is one of the best parts of the season. You share old stories and make new memories while going through your holiday traditions together – like cooking special meals, watching your favorite holiday movies, and decorating the tree. This year, add to those memories …

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Make the Holidays both Educational & Fun for Your Children

We’re all thankful to spend more time with family over the holidays – we can enjoy delicious meals together, see distant relatives, and spend more time with our children while they’re on vacation for a few days. A great idea for making memories during this time is to read together …

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Youth Program Wins the 2016 NAHYP Award!

You could feel the burst of joy, appreciation, and excitement spread throughout the room when First Lady Michelle Obama presented us with one of the 2016 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP) Awards. Many gathered for our live viewing party to celebrate all of the hard work of our …

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Teaching Youth: “We All Have the Power to Make a Difference”

The future of our community lies in the hands of our youth. This is why our Youth Development Program (YDP) gives them opportunities to participate in dynamic workshops, lead groundbreaking conversations, and express their opinions creatively – through visual art, poetry, film, and more. We strive to give our youth …

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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About el Español

October 12th celebrates Spanish Language Day – a day highlighting the importance of the Spanish Language. Started by the United Nations in 2010, we couldn’t agree more with the reason for its creation, with an “aim to promote and support initiatives that promote multiculturalism and multilingualism.” At IBA we want …

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When Should My Child Start Learning a Second Language?

As parents, at times we may experience the lingering thought, “Am I doing this right?” We’re worried about giving our children the best life possible as we make decisions for them every day. One of the greatest concerns shared by multicultural families is if we should expose our child to …

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Keeping Culture Alive

We live in a country that thrives on diversity. Where a mixture of backgrounds supports our development as a nation, whether our ancestors have been here for generations or if we are the first generation of Americans, we integrate our roots into our daily lives and share our culture with …

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The Best Gift We Can Give to Our Children

Smiles, laughter, tears, hugs, and “Congratulations” filled the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (VVCA) as thirty-five children, dressed in red caps and gowns, walked through the doors and toward the stage for their Preschool Graduation Ceremony. Parents, Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and Guardians carried bundles of balloons and flowers almost …

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HiSet: A Step Closer to Achieving the Impossible

In an increasingly demanding workforce environment where businesses require a more technical skill set and higher education degrees, what better time to continue your education than now? According to IBA’s HiSet Program Coordinator, Tiana Bonner, “all it takes is the motivation to excel.” The College and Workforce Program offers students …

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