I am overwhelmed with emotion as I look back at the incredible experiences our students and artists had this year. What a joy it was to witness our student’s reactions to the release of our first ever movie-musical, Be Careful What You Wish For. To see the excitement of our high schoolers reuniting in person, to hear the audience’s applause at our summer performances, the strong emotions evoked in me caught me by surprise.
Our programs open the imaginations of our youth and show them what is possible about themselves and the world. We love the arts as a tool for personal growth and change, and the real impact is when these kids are empowered to make change in their families, communities and schools. We know that this works best when kids from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds come together and have these experiences together. To tackle the big problems of the world, kids need to first understand one another and develop the ability to stand up and tell others what matters to them. This is world-changing work!
I am writing to you today to invite you to join us in our efforts to help kids be empowered and to grow. This year we remained committed to ensuring our programs were accessible for all students, removing financial barriers for families that needed it. This translated into over $65,000 in scholarships given to families! To make sure scholarships are available next year, we need to raise $20,000 by December 31.
Your gift makes it possible for kids to participate in programming year after year. Can we count on you for an end of year gift ? You are an important part of our world changing work, we can’t do it without you!
Thank you for your continued love, support and commitment.
Christine Herrman, Executive Director
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