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Riverbend Academy - School of Performing and Visual Arts

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

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!

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Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place just keeps getting better and better. I love the new dance hall. Steve and Wendy do a great job with ball room classes.

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Rating: 5

Had a great time with ballroom dance lessons and participated in an outstanding donor event/competition.

Client Served

Rating: 4

For holding an event, RBA has always been there for our organization - Northwest KY Forward. The staff has been exceptionaly professional, gracious in assisting us and provided the utmost excellence in service! I cannot say enough good things about RBA.
For the community, this region is so very fortunate to have such a unique academy. What a great opportunity for all ages to learn in the arts field. The instructors are top notch!

Eric S.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I was a student in high school when I first started working with Riverbend Academy. I was looking for a place to stage my writing/directing debut and one of my friends recommended Riverbend. After working with them for a few months, my first show came together beautifully, mostly because of the tremendous openness of the volunteers at Riverbend, who helped me with everything from staging to providing the meal for my dinner theater. I couldn't have done it without them! I've been working with these wonderful people since then and will be producing another show at Riverbend Academy this summer. The supportive structure and knowledge of those volunteering at Riverbend are great assets to the community they serve.