Balch Springs Visual And Performing Arts Alliance

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: P O Box 800695 4000 Pioneer Road #201A Balch Springs TX 75180 USA

Mission:  

 

Our mission is to provide opportunities for cultural enrichment through broad-based educational experiences and quality performances and art showings to people of all ages.


Results: We spent a lot of time this raising funds to cover the costs of our new facility. We share a 1,200 square foot space with the chamber of commerce. In the past we scheduled other location in the city to offer services and programs but this new space allows us to expand our impact and our services.
Target demographics: We serve the general public, youth through adults, however recent statistics from the American Census indicate that up to 38.8 percent of youth under the age of 18 in Balch Springs live below the poverty level.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 200 youth and adults were served in 2010 - as audience members, performers, students, instructors, and artists
Programs: Community performances, Young Entrepreneur Club (age 13-22), fine arts classes (age 3-93)
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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

My singing and self confidence. Simply by helping me choose music appropriate to my voice, my performing ability has improved dramatically. I have been given an outlet for my creativity that I did not have before and an opportunity to give back to the community in a positive way.

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

While it lacks funding, space, and participation; the Arts Alliance is a well structured organization with dedicated personnel. As time passes and more people get involved by donating their time and money, I can see the Balch Springs Visual and Performing Arts Alliance becoming an even greater asset to the Balch Springs community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I am learning organizational, computer, promotional, and planning skills. I am meeting creative people, experiencing art and music I would not otherwise have had access to.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I always leave the Balch Springs Visual and Performing Arts Alliance offices and events with a smile on my face and a song in my heart.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

The shows and planning sessions

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

Help it aquire more funding. The founder is pretty much carrying this organization

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

I witnessed a record number of families of various ethnic diversity spending quality family time at a community event, the 2010 Cinco de Mayo Celebration.

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

I would encourage the arts alliance to do more community events. The community really needs this.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

I have seen many young people change their lives for the better through expression and productive use of their time.

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

Expand to include a larger community and continue the great work!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

I've grown in my personal confidence in front of a crowd.

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

I wouldn't change a thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I LOVE the arts alliance, Sandra discovered me when i competed in Balch Springs idol. That was my first time performing in front of a crowd and being judged by judges. Ever since then my career started as an artist. I began to perform with them in monthly shows and gaining more and more experience as well as exposure to being in front of an audience. It has been very helpful to me as a singer being in such a positive atmosphere and working with such talented helpful people and I am very thankful to have such an amazing alliance in town.

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

multiple shows

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

add a couple more voice instructors to help out

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Balch Springs Visual and Performing Art Alliance (BSVPAA) is an amazing organization that is trying to enrich an area that has never had an arts organization like this before. While most towns and cities in our area have had community arts organizations for years, Balch Springs has been lacking in this department. This organization is striving to find a wholesome outlet for area youth and better serve the community by providing affordable art classes. The BSVPAA is working hard to fill a need that is vitally needed in the area and their efforts should be truly acknowledged.

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

working hand and hand with them to raise awareness of the vital role art education plays in an adolescent's development and in promoting better business/community relations by supporting the local arts.

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

help it ground itself within the community to reach a broader audience and raise funds to provide scholarships for families in need or general free art classes for community residents.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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