Portland classical radio station adds streamed programming aimed at children

Posted on: July 11, 2019

“The new International Children’s Arts Network from All Classical Portland [radio station] launched in April,” writes Carisa Brewster in Tuesday’s (7/10) Current.org. “The stream of arts and music programming for kids is the brainchild of All Classical CEO Suzanne Nance and Arianna Avena, program director of the station’s ‘Joyous Outreach to You/th’ [JOY] program. They aimed to expand JOY and deliver classical music to a wider audience…. Nance said she was also inspired by a 2017 Frontiers in Psychology article that highlighted studies showing that a child’s brain develops most rapidly during the first five years of life. During that time, music can aid development of language, cognition and social skills…. ICAN’s programming includes … hourlong dives into particular music styles…. ICAN is also giving Portland-area children a chance to curate and present content [with] yearlong arts journalism mentorships for teens ages 15–18, who shadow All Classical Portland hosts to see how radio programs are produced…. Nance envisions ICAN having an impact on the arts economy by inspiring young listeners, encouraging support of the arts and expanding the station’s connections with diverse communities. She also wants to strengthen ICAN’s partnerships with educators and serve as a resource for teachers and schools.”

Posted July 11, 2019