The Issue: Lack of Arts Education in Underserved Schools
Arts education helps students gain the creative and critical-thinking skills that are necessary for success in school and their future careers, according to a report from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Access to the arts, however, is disproportionately absent in lower-income schools, preventing those students from receiving the benefits of art, music, and dance.
The Campaign: Hosting Youth at a Dance Performance
If 75 people donate $4 to this Grassroots campaign, then Fort Wayne Ballet can supply tickets for 150 underserved students to see a professional performance of The Nutcracker or Cinderella, thanks to matching donations from Lincoln Financial Group. Donations will be matched up to $500. Each additional $4 raised will fund attendance for another youth.
Every year, Fort Wayne Ballet stages an abbreviated performance of two of its annual productions for local youth. Before each performance, students can work on cross-curricular materials, linking the ballet to their academic lessons. The dancers also demonstrate ballet positions and terminology and describe the history of the various costumes and shoes they use.
All donations will be matched up to a $500 total by Lincoln Financial Group.
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Fort Wayne Ballet
Fort Wayne Ballet began pirouetting in 1956 to enrich the community’s arts offerings with dance instruction and performances. Beginning with its inaugural performance of Cinderella, the ballet company has performed timeless pieces including The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Swan Lake. In addition to its shows and classes, Fort Wayne Ballet maintains strong links to the community, which is evident in its theme: everybody dances. The Ballet works to find adoptive families for dogs through the Muttcracker program, produces trading cards with dancers, I&M linemen and players from each of Fort Wayne’s minor league teams, and stages three main stage productions and three Family Series performances per year.