GBT has recently seen many changes in the demographics of its community. As a response, it launched the GBT Scholarship Program for the 2005-6 school year. The success of this project has grown and now includes approximately 20 scholarship children taking classes full time as well as the adoption of nearby Shiloh Elementary School. Hundreds of children are being taught and touched by the arts as a result of this program. Scholarship students perform in “Nutcracker” and in the Spring Recital.
The Shiloh School Adoption:
In 2007 GBT took on an “adoption” of neighboring Shiloh Elementary School, a Title I school, as a part of its Scholarship Program/Community Outreach. Shiloh Elementary’s dynamic principal and choral teacher have enthusiastically given support for students entering our scholarship program. For 2007-2008, the adoption was greatly expanded, with students in the audience at Nutcracker, and with GBT teachers in Shiloh’s classrooms helping with choreography and training for Shiloh’s annual musical presentation. This project has been continued for the 2008-2009 School Year.
The “Shiloh Dance Project” has come about as a result of interest from students and the requirements and limitations of Shiloh’s facility. In the spring of 2008, 20 enthusiastic students came to GBT’s studios for an 8 week program of dance instruction. This instruction covered ballet, hip hop, jazz, and modern dance and utilized the expertise of a number of different teachers, each an expert in their particular dance field. The project was funded by other granting organizations such as Cisco, Primerica through its Citi Foundation and Walton EMC. The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and Barefoot in the Park Arts Festival have also funded parts of the overall GBT Scholarship Program.
Each time Gwinnett Ballet Theatre stages a production, we designate a number of performances as specially priced community enrichment performances for groups that could not otherwise afford to purchase a large block of tickets.
Our annual Nutcracker production serves about 3,500 children and adults each year through these special shows. GBT considers our community enrichment performances to be the primary means by which diverse audiences are exposed often for the first time to fine ballet and classical music. Public and private schools, home-schoolers, preschools, day care centers, senior citizens, churches, scouting organizations, and the developmentally disabled are the main groups targeted for inclusion at our these specially priced shows.
Community enrichment performances bring many benefits to the children and families who attend, including:
- enjoyment of a timeless and beautiful dance production,
- exposure to the broader worlds of ballet and classical music in all their beauty,
- participation in a high-quality arts event close to home, and understanding of the many elements story, music, choreography, costuming, dancing that go into staging a ballet.
GBT has also worked with Atlanta’s Special Audiences, distributing tickets to underserved populations. GBT has also distributed tickets to numerous local civic, senior, and child services groups.
If your community group would like to attend one of GBT’s community enrichment performances, contact us at 770-237-0046.