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!
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.
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.
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.