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February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

I was reminded how spectacular the New Victory Theater is and why I’m so devoted to it —this past Saturday I took our boys to a Tony Award winning Broadway show for which I paid $116 per ticket. While it was entertaining, I have found performances at the New Vic have been as good and many far better than what can be found for families at the for-profit theaters. The New Vic, year-in and year-out, seeks out sophisticated, thought-provoking productions that are as artistically rich as they are entertaining. Most noteworthy is the contrast in ticket prices. New Victory tickets now cost an average of $18, with seats available for as little as $8.75. In other words, for the price of one for-profit ticket you could take a family of five to a New Vic performance and get a couple of snacks! ASTOUNDING, right? The New Vic is made for kids and their families. Every seat has a good view, the bathrooms have step stools to reach adult size sinks, there are child-friendly snacks, open spaces to play during intermission, and best of all friendly (well paid) high-school age ushers who are happy to answer questions or grab you another booster cushion, and make sure no kids leave the theater without their adult. Mostly, why I LOVE the New Vic, is something most people don’t even know about and that is the New Vic Education Programs. These outreach programs have to date worked with over 300,000 New York City Pre-K to 12th Grade public school students providing teaching artists and teaching materials to cultivate an understanding and appreciation for all the performing the arts, and possibly inspire some to pursue their own artistic dreams. For many students, the New Vic is their first time experiencing any live performance. One of our newest programs, enables kids who’ve come to the New Vic with their school to bring their entire family back to the theater. The child comes for free and each family member for $5 per person. Thereby, enabling the parents to see the value of the arts and arts education in their children’s lives. (Learn more online because there is too much to write about.) www.newvictory.org Lastly, I would mention an incredibly devoted staff, which fundamentally understands that EVERY child’s mind is not a container to fill with facts and testing information, but a creative, imaginative fire to be sparked.

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

many ways... I attend almost every show with my own children. I've attended in-classroom workshops, family workshops at the New Vic Studios.

Ways to make it better...

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

...give them a larger budget.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...how much my own children have learned (and been inspired by) from the amazing international repetoire of theater, dance, music, circus, and many more types of shows at the New Vic.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

PHENOMENAL!! Truly dedicated, passionate and creative. I've been involved with many non-profits and the New Vic has the most amazing staff I have come across.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...produce its own programming and template this incredibly successful, arts education in other city school systems.

Ways to make it better...

...not possible to make it better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

...fundraising and public awareness

One thing I'd also say is that...

...if you come to NYC with kids from 6 months to 16 then come to the NEw Victory. There is programming for all ages (also for adult audiences.)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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