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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

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!

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Ellie S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Eric S.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.