Night of Community
By Pei-San Brown, Community Education Director
Have you ever heard about our Night of Community Program? Through the support of BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, Ernst & Young, and the Seawell Elam Foundation, we are honored to welcome as our special guests about 10,000 central Texas non-profit and social service agencies and their clients to join us for our final dress rehearsal of each production. Children, adults and friends of those in need join us and experience a full ballet production. In addition, through a special collaboration with the Capital Area Food Bank, Ballet Austin hosts two special Night of Community evenings each season called "Food for the Soul" during which the food bank provides refreshment for the guests at intermission.
Organizations including the Ronald McDonald House, the Salvation Army, People's Community Clinic, The Settlement Home, Texas School for Deaf, Austin Children's Shelter, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, Breakthrough Austin, Capital Area Food Bank, and Caritas of Austin and many more have distributed tens of thousands of tickets to their financially-challenged clients so that those who cannot otherwise afford to attend the ballet can experience a live dance performance at least once in their lives.
This program makes a palpable impact on our local community. Our friends at The Salvation Army shared with us, "Most of the families staying in our homeless shelter are struggling to get their basic needs met. For some of our clients, these community nights were their first exposure to professional dance productions. Thank you for thinking of our residents and making the arts accessible to all members of our community."
I can share with you that our Night of Community for each production is a special night for all of us at Ballet Austin as we see the smiling faces of our guests. We remain committed to the belief that this art form needs to be shared with everyone!
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