“Art can permeate the very deepest parts of us, where no words exist.” – Author Eileen Miller
For children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected, the arts can be a powerful healing tool – one the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center is helping provide.
The Center’s Community Partners program works with eight local nonprofits to give free tickets to their constituencies. One agency is Jonathan’s Place, which provides housing for the abused children of North Texas, including a special program for young women.
Mack Campbell, Director of Development and Marketing for Jonathan’s Place, says that just being on the Center’s campus can be transformative. “They get dressed up for an evening of entertainment and dining at the food trucks, which exposes them to a kind of life they might want to live,” Campbell says. “When we take them to the Center, it expands their minds.”
“Girls who have been abused face a very different set of challenges,” Campbell says. Campbell describes how Jonathan’s Place young women have participated in the Center’s Backstage Spotlight program, which teaches the technical arts in a pioneering education program the mechanical aspects of behind-the-curtains jobs. He said that promoting the stagecraft technology to these girls empowers them academically as well as personally.
Campbell understands that activities like these could be cost prohibitive for the children and families he serves, and wanted to send a special message to the donors who enable the arts to enrich his constituents’ lives.
“This is such a blessing to us. We’re just so thankful to the Center’s donors, who make it possible for the abused children of North Texas and foster families to enjoy the wonderful performances.”
If you wish to donate to the Center’s Community Partners and Open Stages programs, please visit our site today!