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 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 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 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.
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.