Repertory Dance Theatre: Educational Outreach
To give at-risk and disadvantaged urban elementary students, who are extremely talented, the opportunity to take dance lessons and to pursue dance as a possible career. To give talented students the opportunity to be exposed to various dance experiences (free classes, introduction to diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, opportunity to work with professional guest performers and choreographers). This background can then be used to pursue a career in dance or the other arts, obtain college scholarships and help attain personal goals.
Repertory Dance Theatre’s grant supported educational outreach programs including the Talent Identification Program, On-site After School Dance Workshops, In-School Lecture/Demonstrations, and School Matinee Performance of Nutcracker.
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem: Allentown Bach at Noon
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem is the oldest American Bach Choir, founded in 1898. The Choir’s activities have expanded to a year-round season of 31 concerts and educational programs for an audience of more than 20,000. The Choir’s popular “Bach at Noon” free concert series in historic downtown Bethlehem was initiated as a way to introduce new patrons, offer additional venues for Bach Choir events, and promote community and economic development.
In 2015, the world-famous Choir plans to bring their concert series to downtown Allentown, performing at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The grant provided seed money to support this pilot series of three free-admission Bach at Noon concerts on the second Tuesdays of June, July, and August 2015. This is a community, cultural, and economic development initiative to contribute to the current Center City Allentown renaissance efforts.