Free musical theater training for some of Atlanta's most at-risk kids

About the Project

Free Theater Training for Some of Atlanta’s Most At-Risk Kids
This fall, Out of Hand is providing a 15-week musical theater class for the entire 5th grade of Hope-Hill Elementary during the school day! The program is lead by two teachers and accompanied by a pianist, and will culminate in a presentation for the entire school and families, and a trip to see A Christmas Carol at The Alliance.  

Why Theater?

Out of Hand’s theater training for kids is fun exposure to the arts and more: it is designed to developed students’ collaboration, communication, creativity and confidence, skills identified by employers as critical for success in the 21st century. The impact of arts education on academic performance is undeniable, particularly for students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds: According to the National Endowment for the Arts’ latest report, low-income students with arts-rich experiences are five times more likely to graduate from high school than low-income students without those experience, and more than three times as likely to earn a B.A.!  

The Children of Bedford Pines

Located along Boulevard and Parkway in The Old Fourth Ward, Bedford Pines is the largest Section 8 housing development in the South East. The neighborhood is wracked with crime and drug activity. Of the 700 families that live there, only 25 have a male head of household. The average household income is less than $3,000 a year.  

Budget

2 Teaching Artists        $3750
Pianist                          $1875
Program Development $500
Theater tickets             $275 
Supplies                       $100
Total                             $6500


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Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $2,500 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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