The percentage of youth (under 18) engaged in Paramount Theatre cultural arts programming.
The "Target" is greater than 35%; "Close to Target" is 30% or greater; anything less "Needs Improvement."
The Paramount Theatre allocates 10%-15% of its annual budget to performing arts series, film showings, and dozens of community performances each year. These varied means of participation allow for youth to be involved both actively and passively with the cultural arts. By tracking this metric we ensure that budget is allocated in ways that engage our youth and provide present and future benefit.
The Paramount Theatre Department defines the targets and works closely with programming initiatives with Wayne County Public School (WCPS), Goldsboro's StageStruck youth theatre, the Boys and Girls Club and other community organizations to encourage student involvement. The targets will be updated annually.
As measured by US News and World Report, all top 25 places to live in the US for quality of life have strong arts programming. Studies consistently show that individuals of all ages involved in the arts either actively or passively, demonstrate improvement in emotional health, stress, and anxiety; they display higher levels of motivation, engagement, self-esteem, and life-satisfaction. The youth benefits include strong improvement in academic achievement, social skills, creativity, critical thinking, language, and reading.