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Here’s how the Art for Children project helps talented students.

Since 2018, the capital has been successfully implementing a program to support the creative development of young Muscovites “Art for Children”. Thanks to this, learning conditions in children’s creative educational organizations are improving.

In schools and colleges of art today, a comprehensive modernization of the material and technical base is being carried out: new musical instruments, special furniture are purchased, and buildings are being renovated. However, the most important component of a student’s success is his teacher. The Art for Children program pays special attention to the selection of qualified personnel to work in such schools. Five thousand teachers work in city art schools today – they are honored art workers of the USSR and the Russian Federation.

All program support measures are aimed at ensuring that students in these schools can maximize their creative potential and achieve success in music, ballet or acting. Thanks to the “Art for Children” project, a lot of children were able to develop their talents, and some managed to achieve professional creative heights. Read about how this program helps students of art schools and what success they have achieved thanks to the project, in the article.

From the ballet school to the Bolshoi Theater

A graduate of the Moscow State Choreographic School named after L.M. Lavrovsky Pavel Smirnov.

Now the school employs 24 full-time teachers, seven of whom have honorary titles. Great help and support to Pavel Smirnov on the way to success was provided by the teacher and ballet dancer Alexander Pushkarev, in whose class the young man got. Upon graduation, Pavel was accepted into the troupe of the State Academic Bolshoi Theater of Russia. While still in school, the young dancer was able to participate in many competitions and festivals. Thus, he became a laureate of a grant from the Mayor of Moscow, a diploma winner at the All-Russian competition for young performers “Russian Ballet”, as well as a laureate of the International Festival-Competition “Classics and Modernity”, a gold medal winner at the International Choreographic Competition “Odyssey of Dance” in France.

“For all my victories, I am grateful to my teacher Alexander Nikolaevich, who taught me everything, including discipline and hard work. He helped me prepare for all competitions and concerts, rehearsed on weekends and holidays. I want to say thank you to each of the teachers of the Lavrovsky Moscow State Academic University for making a huge contribution to my professional future, ”the ballet dancer emphasized.

After participating in the All-Russian Competition for Young Performers “Russian Ballet” Pavel decided to try his luck and came to the Bolshoi Theater for a screening. After all the tests, he was accepted into the troupe. According to Pavel, all the necessary conditions were created for each student at the school. Highly qualified teachers with soul and trepidation treat their work and each student, revealing their ballet potential, he added.

Ballet without Borders: from Moscow to Budapest

Another graduate of the Moscow State Choreographic School named after L.M. Lavrovsky, who achieved success in ballet – Nina Salyakhova. She also believes that teachers played a huge role in her life. Today, the young ballerina has experience of working at the Hungarian State Opera and Ballet Theater, as well as at the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater.

At the ballet school, Nina Salyakhova studied with Kadriya Amirova, a ballerina of the Moscow Academic Musical Theater named after K.S. Stanislavsky and Vl. I. Nemirovich-Danchenko. Then Nina got into the class of a ballet teacher, teacher of choreographic disciplines and Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation Lyudmila Novikova. Folk dances were taught by Elena Schegoleva. “Lyudmila Alekseevna passed on to us the academic knowledge that she once received from the renowned teachers of the world-famous ballet school. She asked us to the maximum, while always supporting and able to find an approach to each student. I understand perfectly well that my successes are, to a great extent, the merits of Lyudmila Alekseevna, ”Nina specifies.

A big plus during their studies for a novice ballerina was that the students had the opportunity to lead an active professional life, namely to perform. At the Lavrovsky Moscow State University, thanks to the Art for Children program, students passed master classes by Sergei Polunin (2019), they took part in Ivan Vasiliev’s ballet Dracula (2019). Nina Salyakhova performed at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival and in several cities in China. Teachers also helped the students in preparing for the performances.

Today, a graduate of the Lavrovsky Moscow State Art University is a laureate of the Moscow Mayor’s competition in the category “Classical Dance” and a diploma winner of the International Festival-Competition “Classics and Modernity”. In the competition “Young Ballet of Europe” she became a laureate for two years in a row, as well as a laureate of the International Choreographic Competition “Odyssey of Dance” in the category “Classical Dance” in France. Now she successfully performs at the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater. “Thanks to the Art for Children program, I have a tremendous impetus to develop my professional skills. The school created the most comfortable conditions for learning and creativity for us. The condition of the classes, the qualifications of the teachers deserve the highest marks. I wish my alma mater further prosperity and creative achievements, ”the ballerina emphasizes.

From the music school to the conservatory

Musician Angelina Gvozdareva studied violin at the Chopin Moscow State College of Musical Performance (class of Elena Dmitrievna Ivanova). Work with her beloved teacher bore fruit: Angelina entered the Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I. Tchaikovsky (class of Professor Eduard Grach). She finishes her studies next year.

“The college gave me invaluable professional experience through the opportunity to participate in various concerts, competitions and master classes. During my studies, I went to competitions in Italy, Belgium, Germany. I also took part in competitions in Moscow a lot. Such practice gives new interesting experience, useful acquaintances and an opportunity to express oneself, ”says Angelina Gvozdareva.

Angelina is a recipient of a grant from the Mayor of Moscow, a laureate of the Andrea Postacchini international violin competitions in Italy, A. Grumier in Belgium and other awards. “My career, in my opinion, has been shaped by success in college, working with my teacher and, of course, my own efforts. I have become a professional musician and love what I do. I remember my studies with warmth. I believe that the best teachers work in the college, including not only in musical disciplines, ”Angelina is sure.

Now, 75 teachers teach at the Chopin Moscow State College of Musical Performance, of which 48 have titles and awards, 11 are honored artists, two people’s artists, 12 honored cultural workers, seven honorary workers of Moscow and nine professors.

From renovation to selection of new premises: modernizing art schools

In 2018, the Chopin Moscow State College of Musical Performance was renovated. In three months (they were repaired during non-teaching hours), the facade of the building was restored, the roof, heating systems, hot and cold water supply systems, air conditioning and sewerage systems were partially renewed. In the college, windows, doors, flooring were replaced, some premises were redesigned, the territory was landscaped. Sound-absorbing panels were installed in the classrooms, 32 musical instruments were purchased for students: three cabinet grand pianos, six pianos, 17 wind instruments, marimba, vibraphone and others.

Choreographic school named after L.M. Lavrovsky is also about to change. A new building was selected for him, in which design work is currently underway. Spacious and comfortable ballet classes will be made for students.

Sergey Bezrukov: Teacher is a factor of disclosing talent

Russian theater and film actor Sergei Bezrukov graduated from the F. Liszt Children’s Music School of the Moscow City United Children’s Art School “Kuskovo”.

“Support projects like this one will undoubtedly only be a plus for the development of the potential of creatively gifted children. In my opinion, the priority areas in education in art schools, in my opinion, would still designate music and theater. Here I would also include fine art to educate a child’s classical taste, ”says Bezrukov about the benefits of the“ Art for Children ”project.

In his opinion, it is important to bring up good taste in a child, for example, to show him the best films of Soviet and Russian cinema. A good artistic taste, the director is convinced, will help the young talent in his future career.

Sergei Bezrukov also supports the project in an effort to recruit prominent artists to school teachers. “The teacher is really the most important factor in revealing all the hypostases of the talent of a talented student, which ultimately leads him to success. Therefore, the child’s creative development, including the upbringing of artistic taste, will always depend on the teacher, ”added the artist.

About the project “Art for Children”

The Art for Children program is being implemented until 2022. Until that time, it is planned to repair 38 more facilities, including in 2021 to complete work on 19 of them, which began in 2020. In two years, it was possible to repair 125 educational institutions, purchase 10 thousand musical instruments, 30 thousand sets of furniture, more than five thousand pieces of technological equipment for music and art schools.

Over the past year, schools have held about 1400 events (concerts, exhibitions, master classes, performances, including at partner sites). “Art schools take an active part in the cultural life of the city. During the period of restrictive events in Moscow, art schools organize and conduct online events, more than 480 of them were held.In addition, in 2020, students and teams of Moscow art schools won more than five thousand victories in international, national and city competitions, of which 848 – awards of the first degree and the Grand Prix “, – said Elena Barchukova, head of the public relations department of the State Budgetary Institution of the city of Moscow” Directorate of educational programs in the field of culture and art. “

The plans for the future are to complete the overhaul of 29 facilities by the end of 2022. In addition, more than 13 thousand sets of special educational furniture and five thousand pieces of musical instruments will be purchased. It is planned to start construction of two new objects for the children’s art school in the city of Moscow and the Mikhailovo-Yartsevskaya children’s art school.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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