My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Lamb Arts LTD-LAMB Arts Regional Theatre/School, Sioux City, IA, USA
The arts. At first glance, one may assume that Lamb Arts Regional Theatre/School is a place for parents to send their children for lessons in the arts, and a place for all to enjoy participation in the arts. This assumption would not be incorrect. However, it would miss the massive amount of benefits and chain reactions that this entity has caused and provided in their community. Not to be too dramatic, (but come on...I am of the the theatre), they essentially save young people.
Once upon a time, there was a little girl. She was spunky, intelligent, and loved to sing Madonna songs at an inappropriate age. She came from a single parent home from a poor side of town. You can fill in the rest of what could have happened to her. She had an angel of a mother who sought out arenas where this little spark would light fires and channel her energy and talents in a positive way. She found LAMB. Over the next 12 years, the directors/owners/and mentors at LAMB guided, taught, and helped this little girl mature into a young lady. Through music, theatre, and dance, the people of LAMB teach young people to calibrate and follow their inner, moral compass. They help individuals find their OWN way. Especially in adolescence, many of us can go astray due to our risk-seeking behaviors, and our magnetic pull towards taboos. A lot of us have that fire inside. How do we use it? Through fiction, role-play, improvisation, emotional searches, and a slew of other exercises, LAMB allows young people the ability to explore and engage the taboos in a safe environment. They build confidence. They help create goals. They guide people to be their best. They guided that little girl to become me.
The arts and creative thinking are keys to survival in our ever-changing world. I mean that. Nowadays, most of us change careers several times and must have the ability to think on our feet..adapt. Those that cannot become stuck. LAMB trains young people to have that ability. Not all of us that grew up with LAMB followed the artistic path for our livelihood, but I guarantee it helped all of us in whatever livelihood we have chosen. Music and theatre improve test scores and the ability to learn new languages, including math and science. I have no doubt that my experiences at LAMB have accentuated my aptitude for languages and science which I have used in my career.
We are conditioned through our school systems to socialize with mass amounts of peers that are the same age. Is that normal when we go out in the real world? No. It is normal to relate with ALL ages, which is what one gets while attending LAMB. Positive effects with socialization, academics, and behavior are things LAMB is responsible for in this community. I have been involved with the LAMB theatre for over 20 years, and I cannot sing their praises enough.
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