Today is GiveNOLA Day, an annual city wide fundraising event for non-profits. By donating to your favorite non-profit you can help them win $10,000 prize for programming. If you’re looking to give here are some of my favorite non-profits who support dance programs.
- A Studio in the Woods
A Studio in the Woods, a program of Tulane University located in an endangered bottomland hardwood forest on the Mississippi River in New Orleans, is dedicated to forest preservation, science-inspired art education and providing a peaceful retreat for artists and scholars who are interested in tackling challenging issues with imagination, power and resourcefulness.
2. Contemporary Arts Center
The CAC is a multidisciplinary arts center, financially stable and professionally managed, that is dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of the art of our time. The CAC is a cultural leader. As such, it organizes, presents, and tours curated exhibitions, performances and programs by local, regional, national, and international artists. It demonstrates proactive local and regional leadership by educating children and adults, cultivating and growing audiences, and initiating and encouraging collaboration among diverse artists, institutions, communities, and supporters.
3. Dancing Grounds
Dancing Grounds is a vibrant hub for dance in New Orleans that has served 1,500 youth, 2,000 adults and countless audiences since 2012. Dancing Grounds expands access to high-quality dance education and performance programs by supporting a diverse community of New Orleans dance students, teachers, artists, and audiences. The overall goals of our programming are: to improve the physical and social-emotional health of New Orleans youth and adults; to use dance as a vehicle for promoting greater social justice; and, to elevate dance as a recognized and supported art form in New Orleans.
4. KID smART
Calling all KID smART Superheroes! Your GiveNOLA Day Mission: Provide art supplies to hundreds of New Orleans students! KID smART uses the superhuman strength of the arts in public schools, empowering students to unlock their full academic, creative and personal potential. This school year, a league of extraordinary teaching artists and classroom teachers are collaborating in 11 schools to integrate art into daily instruction. The art form — whether it’s dance, visual arts, or theater — helps students learn through their best sidekick: imagination! KID smART also offers professional development workshops that immerse teachers in arts integration, providing them with tools to include art throughout the school day: a superpower they can use with any grade level, subject, or school. Since activating our powers in 1999, KID smART has been creating more joyful, engaging classrooms in public schools.
5. Marigny Opera House Foundation
The Marigny Opera House Foundation’s mission is to better the lives of the people of New Orleans by returning the former Holy Trinity Church building to its former place in the community as a spiritual and artistic resource: a center of the performing arts, and a place for community gatherings, celebrations and weddings.
6. National Performance Network
The National Performance Network/Visual Arts Network (NPN) is a group of diverse cultural organizers, including artists, working to create meaningful partnerships and to provide leadership that enables the practice and public experience of the contemporary arts in the U.S.
7. New Orleans Ballet Association
Founded in 1969, New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) advances the dance field by cultivating understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of dance through performance, education, and community service. Dynamic programs and innovative strategies position NOBA as a leading dance presenting and service organization in Louisiana and the Central Gulf region, as well as one of the few presenting organizations in the U.S. dedicated solely to dance. NOBA offers two programming elements: 1) Main Stage Series (MSS), a full season of world-class dance companies; and 2) Education Programs, nationally-recognized dance programs that educate, train, and nurture individuals ages 3-80+ through tuition-free classes, workshops, and outreach activities. Annually, NOBA serves over 30,000 young people and adults through more than 5,500 performances and activities.
8. New Orleans Ballet Theatre
The mission of New Orleans Ballet Theatre is to be the premier resident ballet company of the Gulf South, internationally renowned for world-class performances, training, and innovative, community-based programs. This year, our GiveNOLA Day campaign is entitled, “A Chance to Dance.” We’re raising funds for our inaugural Education and Outreach program, School to Stage, which will give local school-children access to high-quality dance training and free tickets to to our shows. Additionally, funds raised will go towards our establishing our “Chance to Dance” scholarship, which will provide merit and need-based scholarships for talented, economically disadvantaged students to attend Schramel Conservatory of Dance full-time. If you believe everyone deserves a #chancetodance, give $10 today!
9. Upturn Arts
Upturn Arts is a fun and creative program that teaches children in the New Orleans community to explore and build confidence in themselves as artists. This organization believes in providing arts enrichment opportunities for all children, and grants scholarships based on financial need
10. New Orleans Dance Network
The mission of the New Orleans Dance Network (NODN) is to serve the community by promoting the visibility and viability of dance in the greater New Orleans area. The New Orleans Dance Network is the only site dedicated to adult and professional dancers in the greater New Orleans Area. Donating to the NODN will help create a resources to develop professional works in the New Orleans.