Riverbend Academy - School of Performing and Visual Arts

Rating: 4.7 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 482 145 North Main Street - 2nd and Main Historic Soaper Hotel 1st & 2nd Floors Henderson KY 42419 USA

Mission: RiverBend Academy advances life in our region by infusing superior arts enrichment and culture primarily through premium instruction in various areas of the arts as an inclusive mentoring school for the arts.
Results: Presently RiverBend Academy (RBA) serves primarily the Henderson County, Kentucky market. However, approximately 10% of students travel as much as 45 minutes away to access our expert instruction downtown at the academy in Henderson from adjacent Kentucky Counties.. We are in 5 Henderson County Schools, after-school,but growing. Presently we serve both public middle schools, 3 public elementary schools, one private elementary school & middle school, and an alternative school.
Target demographics: Students from any financial background -- from the wealthy to those in poverty, who don't fit into academics and sports rarely find their niche and can have more of a propensity for undesirable outcomes. RBA was founded to help catch those falling in the cracks and instruct all in the arts within the region with desire and interest at any age, ability or disability regardless of financial means. This will raise the overall cultural and education bar for our region as statistics prove that art and the brain are a powerful combination in building self esteem, reducing social ills and promoting higher grades and education.. RBA's arts education begins as young as lap babies and spans to ladies in their 70's tap dancing.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Well over 300 plus
Geographic areas served: Henderson County with outreach to surrounding counties in KY
Programs: Tiny Notes for Pre-school to 5 years, Piano, Guitar (all types), Double Bass, Keyboard, Social Ballroom Dance, Voice, Theater/Acting, Culinary Cooking Classes, Tap Dance, Ballet, Jazz Dance and More!

Write a Review

See How 3Hrs Can Help

Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 5 stars  

This place just keeps getting better and better. I love the new dance hall. Steve and Wendy do a great job with ball room classes.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Had a great time with ballroom dance lessons and participated in an outstanding donor event/competition.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as a participant in ballroom dance lessons

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

advance the website technology

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with Riverbend Academy started as a contestant in the first "Dancing with our Stars". I met so many wonderful people and was impressed with what this orginazation was doing for the citizens of our area that I wanted to volunteer to help with the next one. I feel very blessed to have the oportunity to work with Riverbend in promoting the arts and other programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Taking ballroom dance lessons and working with other events.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get more people involved

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I am amazed at the caliber of talent and energy which drives RiverBend Academy to succeed. Our community is fortunate to have this incredible network of citizens dedicated to enriching all our lives. I look forward to continued enjoyment of the many programs and services of RBA, and to witnessing the long-term benefits of an education in the arts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my life as a citizen of downtown, as a family member of students receiving RBA music instruction, and as a volunteer and part of a phenomenal fund raising effort.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase cooperation with other local agencies serving similar purposes.

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 4 stars  

For holding an event, RBA has always been there for our organization - Northwest KY Forward. The staff has been exceptionaly professional, gracious in assisting us and provided the utmost excellence in service! I cannot say enough good things about RBA.
For the community, this region is so very fortunate to have such a unique academy. What a great opportunity for all ages to learn in the arts field. The instructors are top notch!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hosting a state wide economic development, 2 day event; and also an annual Wine & Cheese event for existing businesses in the four county region.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not a thing.

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

Riverbend Academy is an enormous asset to our community and other surrounding communities. We have used Riverbend Academy not only for business events but personal events as well.

Our company provides a Wine and Cheese Event for a four county region in Northwest Kentucky. All exsisting and new businesses attend this gala. Riverbend Academy hosts this event for us and everything always goes as planned. We are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful facility and staff in our commmunity.

On a more personal note, my family and I have enjoyed cooking classes, art classes and group guitar classes at the Riverbend Academy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This organization provides various Arts to our community. Riverbend Academy provides the opportunity for ANYONE who wants to expand their creative muse. They provide scholarships for individuals to afford classes they would like to attend. They work with the local schools, providing the Arts to local students and surrounding counties.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change Absolutely Nothing

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

Riverbend Academy is a fantastic organization providing much-needed arts instruction to children which is not offered by the local school system. I volunteered as a competitor for the Academy's primary fund-raising effort - Dance With Our Stars. It was a fantastic and worthwhile experience, and we were able to raise much-needed funding for scholarships and activities.

RBA offers a number of programs to children and adults, from dance instruction to musical instruments, visual arts, and even public speaking classes. It is one of the best organizations I've ever had the privilege to support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing our local children obtain arts education not offered in local schools.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more programs, and foster closer ties with the juvenile justice system. Instead of picking up trash, a good juvenile criminal sentence would be to take piano lessons (or something) for a set period of time.

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 4 stars  

I was a student in high school when I first started working with Riverbend Academy. I was looking for a place to stage my writing/directing debut and one of my friends recommended Riverbend. After working with them for a few months, my first show came together beautifully, mostly because of the tremendous openness of the volunteers at Riverbend, who helped me with everything from staging to providing the meal for my dinner theater. I couldn't have done it without them! I've been working with these wonderful people since then and will be producing another show at Riverbend Academy this summer. The supportive structure and knowledge of those volunteering at Riverbend are great assets to the community they serve.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My life in the theater, from high school to college

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Want them to expand so that more people would be reached by their enthusiasm for the arts.

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 4 stars  

Truely dedicated group focused on bringing the arts to all. This group is especially involved in providing alternatives to children who may not be involved in organized sports. A wide variety of classes are offered as alternatives to the traditional afterschool activities. Those alternative include: dance, voice, acting, film making, guitar, piano and cooking classes. Scholarship are provided to those who qualify. Additionally, River Bend provides afterschool programs onsite at several schools.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the pride in students faces when they realize their potential.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Somehow increase public awareness of the opportunites that are provided. Work more closely with the local schools and churches.

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

As a founder for RBA, I am remarkably proud of where we have come in such a short time in one of the worst economies of our time. RBA is approaching its beginning its 5th year of operation and have overcome lots to still be here with a dedicated mission to educate and instruct everyone from lap babies to those in their 70's in the arts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally seen the benefits to children and youth that experience our instruction. Their self-esteem is higher, their behavior improves, communication is better, there are many, many benefits when we make excellent art instruction available to all regardless of ability to pay.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

We need more paid staff and funding so we are able to reach more children. RBA has been fully managed by an all-volunteer working board until recently with part-time 15 hour a week staff -- who I pray we can pay more in time, give more hours and retain. Ann is excellent! Ann and RBA needs more staff support and we need more funding in order to achieve more operationally. RBA is very good stewards of its resources and therefore we have put the emphasis on funding after school programs and those in need.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Founder

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Educate children in the arts starting more with pre-school and elementary age before stigmas are established on participating in the arts.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To bring our arts education outreach to the full western Kentucky area and serve all regardless of ability to pay, disabilities, etc.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Was this review helpful?