You Can Inspire a Love of the Arts for the Next Generation

June 21, 2016 / Blog
By Kitty Janvrin

Wouldn't it be lovely if you could tap your heels three times, chant "There's no place like Blumenthal!" and find yourself sitting in the audience right as the curtain rises? For many children who may never have seen a live performance, this would be a dream come true. The Arts for All program is working to raise $10,000 in 10,000 minutes to help send 1,100 students to an upcoming performance of The Wizard of Oz. Blumenthal's Vice President of Development Cindy Rice has a message about the magic of theatre - and how YOU can spread that magic to children in the community:

I love musical theater and always have. Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella starring Leslie Ann Warren was an annual television favorite when I was a child. But I was truly smitten after seeing my first live performance – South Pacific – as a nine year old.

The difference between seeing a movie musical and experiencing a live Broadway musical on tour is a bit like the difference between eating a Little Debbie brownie versus the explosion of flavors in an Amélie’s salted caramel brownie. The latter is about 10,000 times better. It’s the intensity of the experience. We want to provide 1,100 students the opportunity to feel that intensity (the show, not the brownie).

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Photo by Daniel Coston

To do that, we need your help to raise $10,000 in 10,000 minutes. That’s all we need to receive a match of $10,000 from Myers Park United Methodist Church (and a couple awesome families) to purchase the remaining 1,100 tickets for Freedom School scholars to see The Wizard of Oz. A gift of $10 helps. A gift of $65 buys one ticket. A gift of $650 buys 10! Every gift matters regardless of its size.

We believe all children need intense arts experiences that inspire but many families don’t have the resources to provide them. That’s where our arts access program, Arts for All, comes in. Arts for All helps close the “enrichment gap” that is often a result of socio-economic status. We believe exposure to cultural opportunities – intense experiences that inspire – makes a real difference over a child’s life.

Our goal is to yield higher aspirations, better students, and kids who see the world as a friendlier, more positive place. Plus, we hope to provide joy along the way. You can help – click here.

– Cindy Rice