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Because every child deserves arts experiences

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Remember your school arts field trip?

In Arizona, schools increasingly do not have funds for educational arts field trips, and this is especially the case for Title 1 schools in low-income communities. Act One was founded in 2011 to provide school children from lower-income families in Maricopa and Pima counties the opportunity to experience arts performances and exhibitions through field trips to professional theaters and museums.

Mission & Vision

Act One provides meaningful arts experiences that enhance the academic and creative potential of children and families in Arizona. We envision a time when all Arizonans acknowledge the value of creative arts experiences as a significant component of educational advancement and personal well-being.

What We Do

Act One makes the arts accessible to more than 530,000 children and families in Arizona each year through field trips for K-12 students from Title 1 schools and the Culture Pass.

Act One: Partner, Game-changer, Equalizer

“This is who we are. This is what we do. This is why it matters.” The Act One Field Trip Program is a system and a solution for narrowing an opportunity gap that denies students from low-income families equal access to educational arts experiences. In strategic focus, program implementation and scale, there is nothing else like it in Arizona, perhaps in the country. Find out more about Act One, its programs and why arts field trips can make a difference in students’ lives.

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