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Balch Springs Visual and Performing Arts Alliance

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

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)

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Amanda D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I run an internet magazine and have worked with the Balch Springs Arts Alliance on a few events and I have seen first hand how much they work towards benefiting the city. They support our local Youth and work very hard to bring a wonderful program of arts & entertainment to the citizens of Balch Springs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to many of the performances of the Balch Springs Visual and Performing Arts Alliance. It's a mixture of seasoned and unseasoned performers. We have been able to watch the younger ones grow in cofindence and their performances are better each time. I have a smile on my face and laughter in my heart after each show. They are an asset to our community. Thanks to all of them for bringing "art" to our little city.

Betty L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just love to see their productions. They use a number of youth along with professionals in their shows. That way the youth can learn about acting, singing, dancing, etc. And they can perform on stage.

They also offer classes in art, dance, drama, singing, guitar, photography. This is a real boost for a community that has no other programs like this. And for those children whose families can't afford classes they offer scholarships so everyone has an opportunity.

I just wish they offered country dance lessons. I love to dance. Until they do I will keep going to their shows.

Carlos R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've attended several performances of the Balch Springs Visual and Performing Arts Alliance. They work with local youth to teach them theatre and singing skills. Some of these youth had never been onstage before or in front of an audience. Participating in the rehearsals and the shows really gave them a lot of confidence. One highschool student has really changed. When he first got involved he was a little angry all the time. Now he seems to be happer. He's learned to express himself better so he's not holding 'it in' all the time.



This is also the first arts organization in Balch Springs and a big asset to the community. The only drawback is that there is no newspaper in the city so it's difficult to get the word out about programs and performances. If they can find a way to promote themselves better they will be able to serve more people.



I'm looking forward to their 2011 programs.