My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Enrichment Works, Valley Glen, CA, USA
I have watched Enrichment Works in action from its conception, over ten years ago. The high quality of the curriculum-based theatre that is presented to the student audiences comes from the integrity and talent of its founder, Abraham Tetenbaum, who saw a need because of his own child's experience and decided to do something about it.
The magic happens when children (some who have never seen a show before) are introduced to great characters from history (Albert Einstein, a Gold Rush pioneer woman, Degas....) who come alive, reveal more than facts and inspire the children to expand their minds. Or when the kids scream at the Money Monster and begin to understand how the financial system works because they are personally invested. Or when they learn along with MC Vendor (a vending machine) about nutrition and that they may choose to eat in a healthier manner.
It is my pleasure to serve on the Board of this worthy non-profit. I always have to wipe a tear away when i watch the faces of the young audiences who are totally enchanted by the shows they are seeing. Each of these little faces deserves to learn in their own way and I know for myself, it was through the Arts. I feel the excitement in the room and the imaginations ignited - imaginations who will then create the future after having been inspired in a conscious, uplifting and entertaining way.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
that i have returned to schools after having presented a show there the year before and the children are still singing the songs about nutrition and excited to tell me how they are eating more fruits and vegetables! I also experience the raising of the vibrations in the room any time a show is being presented - the more joy, the greater expansion of mind and ability to learn, as far as i am concerned!
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
The changes I would make would not be to the organization, but to the budgets for the Arts in Education. Because of all the cut-backs in available funding, Enrichment Works is not able to function as it could. My hope is for a thriving economy and a resurgence in bookings for this well-loved organization.