Treasure Valley studio offers kids scholarships to learn the arts

Posted at 9:36 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 23:36:55-05

NAMPA, ID — The Banner Studios in Nampa offers dance, art, music, and theater to children who may not be able to due to finances. They provide scholarships to those who need it. On Sunday, the group performed a rendition of the comedy, "Little Shop of Horrors.".

"It's fulfilling in the fact that you get to share this wonderful art with people and getting to see the smiles on people's faces when it's done well, and people make worth it," said Collin Barney, actor.

The owner of the studio says she was inspired to start the program after her own experience.

"Somehow speaking in a theater atmosphere I managed to get past some speech impediments that I had and some stammering that I had, and now I can talk like a human being, and it's awesome, and there are studies that show that kids who teach speech classes, speech therapy who are also involved in the arts show more progress," said Madison Rose, studio director.

Rose says she hopes it makes children feel valued in the community.

"They're important. They're going to be doing stuff next near. They're going to be doing stuff in a few years, and we want them to be educated in all aspects. We truly believe that we're inspiring the future with what we're doing."

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