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“That child [on an Act One field trip] sitting in the audience, experiencing something for the first time. Imagine what’s happening. They see a color, they see a movement, they hear a note. They hear a story that is new to them. That opens them up. That pushes at their imagination. That flexes that muscle of openness. It’s a muscle that they can nurture their whole lives.”
“Act One has big muscles. They pull open Arizona’s theater and museum doors extra-wide for nearly 50,000 of Arizona’s underprivileged youth a year — eliminating financial and operational barriers — helping them have an opportunity to make meaningful memories and experience new emotions through the language of dance and color on the professional stage. There isn’t a bow big enough put around the gift that Act One gives our community each year.”
“I have a class of students with Autism who come from low SES homes. I know that was a rare and deeply enriching experience for my kiddos. Live instruments, singing, audience engagement/participation, exposure to their own culture in a way that they most likely have never experienced before.”
“[My 8-year-old student] could not stop talking about the different kinds of instruments. The next day she told the class about her own creative story she wrote about going to the orchestra and participating herself. Seeing all of the instruments on stage made her want to take up a musical instrument. The young girl turned in paperwork to join band for the following year! The symphony was very inspiring for her!”
“It is a wonderful way to take my family on adventures, while saving money. My family loves the Culture Pass program. We’ve been checking out several passes a year for three years now. My children look forward to going to the library and looking to see what passes are available. …”
“Charitable giving to me has always been about ‘paying our social dues,’ as we share our good fortune to help others. Monthly giving makes that even easier by allowing me to contribute to the causes I believe in as a regular part of my budget.”
“This type of experience benefits all of our students because this is likely their only opportunity thus far in life to see this type of performance. With close to 100% of our students considered low-socioeconomic status, this is a very unique and rewarding experience for them!”
“To succeed today and in the future, America’s children will need to be inventive, resourceful, and imaginative. The best way to foster that creativity is through arts education.”
“Act One occupies a unique space at the intersection of arts and education by providing access to the arts for Title 1 kids who could not otherwise attend these programs … The bottom line for me is it’s all about equity. I and my children were fortunate to be able to experience the arts as part of our educational development. I want all children to have the same opportunities.”
“I thank whoever is responsible for allowing low income people to enjoy the finer things in life! It allows those who cannot afford the ticket price of a venue to be able to experience art, nature, beauty. Humans are naturally drawn to natural things of life. Art makes my heart glad!”