Arts for All
Thanks to the generous support of our donors, grants from foundations, and our corporate sponsors, we are able to share the arts with our community through our Arts for All initiatives. These Arts for All programs are our way of ensuring that everyone has access to the arts, no matter their background or income.
Here are a few of the programs that your Arts for All donations help support:
In December 2009, Blumenthal Performing Arts announced a commitment to expand ticket scholarships in order to provide families with limited financial resources tickets to select touring Broadway shows included in Blumenthal’s PNC Broadway Lights Series. The effort commenced with the distribution of over 250 free and highly discounted tickets to THE ALUMINUM SHOW in January 2010.
The Education Department currently partners with several local organizations, such as Communities in Schools, Thompson Family Services, ourBRIDGE for Kids, and others, to identify and invite families and children to attend a performance. Several weeks prior to each performance, these organizations are given a show packet and study guide to share with their participating families.
The cost of these programs are covered by Blumenthal Performing Arts and donor partners because of the belief that sharing arts experiences with all members of our region is vital to creating a strong and vibrant community.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Ticket Scholarship
Beginning with Blumenthal’s 2010-2011 performance season, the Education Department has provided a unique ticket scholarship account program for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Greater Charlotte. This account allows BBBS to acquire tickets to any performance of any Blumenthal-presented show. Show selection flexibility enables BBBS to incorporate Blumenthal theater attendance with their own awards programs and as special incentives—accommodating the individual schedules and show preferences of respective “Bigs” (mentors) and “Littles” (mentees).
BBBS of Greater Charlotte frequently mentions the value of the ticket scholarship account program in relation to their mission and goals and continues to express their appreciation to BPA in numerous ways. Ralph Beck, Blumenthal’s Director of Education, describes BBBS personnel as “extremely helpful, attentive to details, and supportive in every facet of the program—utilizing every dollar of their account for the past six seasons, just as Blumenthal intended.” Thanks to a generous donation from Duke Energy, Blumenthal is pleased to continue this program for the 2018-2019 season.
Freedom Schools Partnership
This past season, donations to Arts for All allowed over 1,000 Freedom Schools Scholars to attend a special matinee performance of THE LITTLE MERMAID. This season, we are looking forward to presenting a special matinee performance of THE LION KING to Charlotte's Freedom Schools Scholars. To learn more information on Freedom School Partners and their involvement in our community, please visit FreedomSchoolPartners.org.