Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona and Dance Theater West Present Storybook Ballet 2017

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Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona (Free Arts) is celebrating its 18th year in collaboration with Dance Theatre West and the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts with the annual Storybook Ballet performance of Alice in the Wonderland on Saturday, Sept. 30.  Young children from local homeless shelters and foster care group homes will join the Dance Theatre West Storybook Ballet Company on stage.  This free dance performance is lighthearted, fun and perfect for the entire family. 

The event will be held at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, located at 7380 East 2nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ.  The exhibit gallery will open at 2:30 p.m., the dance performance at 3 p.m. and a community art activity and dessert reception will take place at 4 p.m.  This program is possible through the generous support from the Scottsdale Arts, Scottsdale League for the Arts, The Bob &Renee Parsons Foundation, Arizona Coyotes Foundation, Arizona Lottery, and City of Scottsdale. 

“Free Arts has been partnering with Dance Theater West’s Storybook Ballet program for 18 years,” said Jessica Flowers, program director at Free Arts. “Over the years, this partnership has allowed hundreds of children the opportunity to  discover their gifts and talents, find joy in movement and perform on a professional stage for the very first time. The confidence this builds in them is amazing and several children have gone on to incorporate dance throughout their lives by studying at a studio or joining a school dance team.  Through this program, many children have found their place and their passion.”

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation have granted more than $3 million to Free Arts over the past six years. The two programs specifically supported by their recent grant are the Free Arts Camp and Professional Artist Series. The organization hopes this gift will inspire others to support Free Arts as they work to raise an additional $700,000 to complete the capital campaign.

To reserve your spot on Sept. 30, please RSVP here: https://actionpage.causeview.com/actionpage/52219201749061205

About Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona

Founded in 1993, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona is a non-profit organization which heals homeless and abused children through artistic expression. Free Arts programs include creative elements that promote safety, self-expression and a sense of belonging. Free Arts programs are delivered by 900 volunteer mentors and artists who serve more than 8,000 children annually through partnerships with 43 social service child welfare agencies at 100+ sites across Maricopa County. For more information on Free Arts, visit: www.freeartsaz.org.

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