There should be an option to choose several roles above. The Arts alliance encourages total participation by everyone including performing, volunteering, donating, conducting and taking classes, attending functions and much more.
The Balch Springs community is about 10 square miles and includes over 20,000 residents; more than 1/3 of which are below poverty level. By offering experiences in the arts, the alliance is enriching the lives of many residents as well as nearby communities.
Our youth need outlets for their creativity and the Arts Alliance provides one.
I run an internet magazine and have worked with the Balch Springs Arts Alliance on a few events and I have seen first hand how much they work towards benefiting the city. They support our local Youth and work very hard to bring a wonderful program of arts & entertainment to the citizens of Balch Springs.
I have been to many of the performances of the Balch Springs Visual and Performing Arts Alliance. It's a mixture of seasoned and unseasoned performers. We have been able to watch the younger ones grow in cofindence and their performances are better each time. I have a smile on my face and laughter in my heart after each show. They are an asset to our community. Thanks to all of them for bringing "art" to our little city.
I've enjoyed watching many performances at the arts alliance. These are quality performances that include local youth onstage with professionals. As a store owner I interact with a lot of our local youth and I can see a big change in those who have been involved with programs at the arts alliance. My 10-year old nephew takes guitar classes. Several of the local teenagers participate in the Young Entrepreneur Club. These teenagers put on a halloween festival in 2010 through the arts alliance and raised funds to support the young entrepreneur program. It was an outstanding event, especially since it was youth-led and coordinated.
I have been around the entertainment and arts industry for years, and never have I encountered an organization that worked harder to bring the arts to a small community. Not only has it given untested performers a chance to experience the stage, it also gives experienced performers an opportunity to give back to the community. And in addition, I have heard many audience members comment that they would have never experienced a show like this if the Balch Springs Arts Alliance had not put it on. This is a very worthy cause with a very dedicated founder.
The organization is just three years old but they have already created several programs to serve the community, especially youth and families. In addition to their community productions and their art classes they also work with the Balch Springs Chamber of Commerce in two areas. One is to educate youth age 13--22 through the Balch Springs Young Entrepreneur Program. The second is to partner with the chamber of commerce in planning and implementing community events. The 2010 Cinco de Mayo was a great success in part by the participation of the arts alliance in bringing professional talent as well as our local talent to the stage during the event. The event had a record number of attendees on its first night. The majority of these were families spending quality time at a cultural event. It was awesome!
The Alliance has been vital to the community from an artistic viewpoint, but its greatest contribution has been to the youth of the the community. Several youth have found a home for performance and expression that would not have existed had this organization not come into existence. I have been involved in some of the programs, and I have seen enthusiasm and productivity among the young performers.
I just love to see their productions. They use a number of youth along with professionals in their shows. That way the youth can learn about acting, singing, dancing, etc. And they can perform on stage.
They also offer classes in art, dance, drama, singing, guitar, photography. This is a real boost for a community that has no other programs like this. And for those children whose families can't afford classes they offer scholarships so everyone has an opportunity.
I just wish they offered country dance lessons. I love to dance. Until they do I will keep going to their shows.
I have had the privilege of performing with the Balch Springs Visual and Performing Arts Alliance on many occasions. I have also had the joy of working with young people who have come and performed with us. It was wonderful to watch how they grew in confidence with each rehearsal and performance. I myself also increased my confidence in performance and it has enriched my life in many ways.