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The sun is shining over Bridgeport's busy arts scene this spring.

The April we are happy to feature Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County as our April Arts Organization of the month!
 
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BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL NEWSLETTER

Welcome to our Bridgeport Art Trail newsletter, providing a listing of arts and cultural events.

The sun is shining over Bridgeport's busy arts scene this spring!

Thursday, April 21st don't miss
Bridgeport EarthFest 2016, sponsored by The Kennedy Center's Maggie Daly Arts Coop (MDAC) and the Bijou Theatre. This ALL DAY event features special programming on McLevy Green, an opening reception of MDAC Artist's Earth Day Exhibit, and a walking tour of the Recycled Art Juried Exhibit.

Attend live music and performances at both The Bijou Theatre and The Downtown Cabaret. Events include AUDITIONS for The Bijou Theatre's Summer Stock Series "Grease", Green Day's American Idiot, LEE SQUARED: An Evening with LIberace and Peggy Lee,  and Doors Tribute "The Soft Parade".

Aspiring and experienced playwrights, don't miss the 2016 Bijou Actors' Guild One-Act Playwriting Competition.

In visual arts, the Housatonic Museum of Art opens it's Annual Student Show on May 2nd! And visit City Light's Gallery to view their current exhibit  Davila & Davila. Enjoy the counterpoint of subject matter and materials in the 2 person exhibit of husband and wife artists.

Plus, learn about monthly workshops at the Bridgeport Public Library and concerts/performances at Webster Bank Arena!

The April we are happy to feature Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County as our April Arts Organization of the month!

Neighborhood Studios (NS) offers innovative after-school and summer arts programs to students from kindergarten through post-high school in Bridgeport and its surrounding towns.

Learn more about this influential organization and their Annual Gala on May 1st, featuring the Ailey II Dance Company! This event benefits NSFC’s arts education programs, with special emphasis on its three summer camps.

 

Details below!
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SPECIAL EVENT: EARTHFEST 2016
Thursday, APRIL 21 - EARTH DAY

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

The Kennedy Center’s Maggie Daly Arts Coop (MDAC) and the Bijou Theatre are very excited to be hosting the first annual Bridgeport EarthFest on April 21, 2016. This celebration will bring all sectors of the community together to learn, experience and celebrate Earth Day through the arts. Please join us for this wonderful line up of events and activities!

The day begins at MDAC (1042 Broad St.)
From 10-12 come get your hands dirty and enjoy some Recycled Arts and Crafts, as well as a Recycled Art Exhibit by Kennedy Center Day Programs in the MDAC Gallery

From 12-2PM McLevy Green will come to life with a wonderful line up including:
Tai Chi with Bridgeport's own Jonathan Davis, a Drum Circle hosted by Steve Scales (former member of The Talking Heads), and a story Telling Performance by The Sierra Club. In addition to this great line up, the Green will be buzzing with the presence of several wonderful Bridgeport establishments such as The Bridgeport Public Library, Our Woven Community, Cook & Grow, Green Village, and some local Food Trucks (Bones in a Barrel, Taco Loco).

Amidst all this excitement, the public is invited embark on a short journey around the Green to view the Recycled Art Juried Exhibit. Grab a map and go for a walk! The Winner will be announced later during the celebration at The Bijou.

At 4PM, The Bijou Theatre will open it's doors for a Reception of MDAC Artist's Earth Day Exhibit. Friends, family, and art lovers are invited to enjoy light refreshments, and music, while viewing the earthly creations of the Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative.

At 6 PM the Winners of the Juried Art Show will be announced, and from from 6:30-8 PM enjoy the live music of some of Bridgeport's finest local musicians.

LIVE MUSIC: The Soft Parade – The Doors*
Saturday, April 23rd, 5pm and 8:15pm
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
 
Event Description:  The Soft Parade is revered worldwide as the premiere Doors tribute show. They recreate, with stunning accuracy, the primal, poetic atmosphere of a vintage Doors concert. The Soft Parade has toured 20 countries, been joined onstage by original Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and has performed hundreds of concerts worldwide.
 

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AUDITIONS: “GREASE”
The Bijou Theatre
Saturday, April 23rd 1-5pm
Sunday, April 24th 2-6pm
 
AUDITION DETAILS:
The Bijou Theatre’s Summer Stock Series will present one of the world’s most famous musicals, “GREASE” . There will be a four-week rehearsal period dedicated to producing the musical directed by Kirby Ward, with Music Direction by David Maiocco and Choreography by Beverly Ward. Participants will perform the popular musical over eight performances spanning two weekends, opening July 28th.
 
Please note: “GREASE” is a dance-heavy show. We are looking for all types of great dancers. If that describes you, and you are afraid of the singing portion – get out there and audition! Conversely, if you love the music of “GREASE” and are an excellent singer but afraid of the choreography – audition! Not every character is required to be a dancer!
 
For more information, call the box office at 203-332-3228. Session inquiries can be directed to info@thebijoutheatre.com, and ticket or general inquiries to adam@thebijoutheatre.com.
 
Audition Information:
 
Auditions will be held Saturday, April 23rd from 1pm-5pm and Sunday, April 24th from 2pm-6pm at The Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport. Callbacks will take place Monday, April 25th from 5pm-9pm at The Bijou Theatre.
 
 

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LIVE THEATRE: American Idiot
Show Runs: April 29 - May 15
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
 
 
Green Day’s American Idiot
Book and Lyrics by  Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by  Michael Mayer
Director: Lance Gray
Musical Director: Eli Newsom
Choreographer: Emily Frangipane
 
Event Description: A critical smash on Broadway and in London, the two-time Tony Award winning hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey of the season. Based on Green Day’s GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum album, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. Featuring the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track.
 
Run time: approx 95 minutes with no intermission
 
This production contains LOUD rock music, strobe lighting, and explosion sound effects.
 
Complimentary ear plugs will be provided upon request!
 
Mature subject matter including references to drug use, sexual content and profanity; parental guidance is suggested.
 

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2016 BIJOU ACTORS’ GUILD ONE-ACT PLAYWRITING COMPETITION
The Bijou Theatre
Deadline: Saturday, April 30th

DETAILS:
Opening date for submissions is Friday, April 1st.  Closing date is Saturday, April 30th.  (See rules and conditions of entry and more at:  http://thebijoutheatre.com/films/one-act-playwriting-competition/)
The Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT  06604

Aspiring and experienced playwrights are invited to submit unpublished one-act play scripts to the first annual Bijou Actors’ Guild One-Act Play Playwriting Competition. The Bijou Theatre has initiated this competition to foster and encourage new and experienced playwrights, whether amateur or professional.
The winning plays will be performed on Monday, May 16, 2016 before a live audience. The judging panel will include Tony Award Winning Playwright, Terrence McNally, and Broadway Producer, Tom Kirdahy. The two finalist playwrights will be awarded cash prizes on the final performance evening, as follows:
Best play $ 500
Second best play $ 250


 

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LEE SQUARED:  An Evening with Liberace and Peggy Lee
Saturday, April 30th, 8:00pm
Doors open at 7:00pm; Show starts at 8:00pm
The Bijou Theatre


EVENT DESCRIPTION:  Liberace lived a life of flamboyance, sparkle, and lavish costumes. In this funny and touching tribute, the virtuoso musician gets one last chance to glitter and shine as he tickles the ivories through his favorite songs.  New York City favorite, and Connecticut native, David Maiocco will reprise his iconic performance as the man who defined four decades of music and pop culture.

WRITTEN BY David Maiocco
Peggy Lee is played by the incomparable Chuck Sweeney.
Doors open at 7:00pm; Show starts at 8:00pm
Table seats: $75 (which includes a special Venetian Dessert presentation and a donation to the Bijou Capital Campaign)
Theatre seats: $25 (also includes a special Venetian Dessert presentation)

 

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Visual Arts: The Annual Student Art Show
Housatonic Museum of Art
On View: May 2nd –May 31st
 

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NEIGHBORHOOD STUDIOS OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY ANNOUNCES

 ANNUAL GALA ON MAY 1, FEATURING AILEY II DANCE COMPANY

 
Annual Fundraising Event Supporting Arts Education Program to
Honor Robert A. Jacobs at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts
 
       FAIRFIELD, CONN., April 7, 2016 -- Plans are well under way for Neighborhood Studio of Fairfield County’s (NSFC) 2016 Annual Gala that benefits NSFC’s arts education programs, with special emphasis on its three summer camps. The event will take place on Sunday evening, May 1, at Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Westporter Robert A. Jacobs, Chairman of the NSFC Board, is this year’s honoree. The popular fundraiser will feature performers from the world-renowned Ailey II Dance Company.
 
“We’re delighted that the Ailey Company II will be performing at our Gala right after a successful two week run in New York City,” said Harold Levine. Mr. Levine, a long-time Westporter, is Chairman of the Gala and Chairman Emeritus of NSFC. Former Chairman of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company Foundation board, he has been instrumental in involving the world-famous dance group with NSFC in the past, as well as the featured performers in the upcoming event.
 
For more than forty years, Ailey II has merged the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Started in 1974 as the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Ailey II embodies Alvin Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training and community programs for all people. Mr. Ailey personally selected the veteran dancer Sylvia Waters to lead this junior company. As its Artistic Director for 38 years, she developed Ailey II into one of America’s most popular dance companies. In June 2012, Ms. Waters retired and named her longtime associate Troy Powell as the new Artistic Director. With Mr. Powell at the helm, Ailey II continues to thrive as he brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company.
 
The critically-acclaimed Ailey II has a distinctive repertory that has included works by dance masters Alvin Ailey, Talley Beatty, Donald Byrd, Ulysses Dove, George W. Faison, Lar Lubovitch, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle and Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison, who shared stories of her remarkable career when she spoke at Quick Center for the Arts this winter. Gala attendees will be treated to several exciting new dances, as well as REVELATIONS, the Ailey favorite.
 
Organizing this year’s Gala are committee members: Claudia Cohen, of Westport; Cathy Colgan, of  Norwalk; Laurie Gross, of Westport; Beryl Kaufman, of Trumbull; Eileen Wiseman, of Westport, as well as Chairman Harold Levine.
                                                                                                                                                  
Event sponsors include: Alison Wachstein Photography; Barrett Outdoor Communications; Garelick & Herbs; Hearst Newspapers; Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation; Melissa Diamond PR; Moet Hennessey; Moffly Media; Peoples United Bank; and TracyLocke.
 
Tickets range from $40 for students and $75 for general admission, to $150 for preferred seating. VIP seating is $225 and VIP seating and parking is $500. Reception guests at the $225 and $500 ticket levels will be treated to a cocktail hour provided by Garelick & Herbs, which will begin at 5:30. General admission and preferred seating will be available at 6:30.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, call 203-254-4010 or visit www.quickcenter.com
 
 CONCERTS AND EVENTS AT WEBSTER BANK ARENA

SPECIAL EVENT: Cirque DuSoleil - OVO
June 8-12th
Tickets on Sale Now
Webster Bank Arena
 
Event Description: Cirque du Soleil returns to Bridgeport in June 2016 with OVO, its newest touring show in arenas. As part of a global tour in arenas around North America, the production will be presented at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport from June 8 to June 12, 2016 for 7 performances. The show is presented by Visa Signature®.
 
Thrilling more than 4.5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in Montreal in 2009 as a Big Top show, OVO will embark on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, but now in arenas, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town.
 

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: ”SameSex 2016” at City Lights
DEADLINE: June 18th, 2016

 
SUBMISSION DETAILS:
City Lights is extending a call to all artists for our 6th annual Same Sex exhibit, scheduled forJuly 2016. SameSex explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2016. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate.

All artists are invited to submit jpegs of their work for consideration by June 18, 2016 .Artists will be notified by June 30, 2016.  For more info email:  clgallerybpt@gmail.com                                             
City Lights is a nonprofit arts organization located in downtown Bridgeport CT. that serves the community through art , easily accessible by Metro-North, Port Jeff Ferry, I-95 and the Merrit Parkway via the Route 25 Connector. There is no size limit to the dimension of art submitted, however larger works, over 60" will be subject to space limitations.

SEND SUBMISSIONS IN JPEG FORMAT,(no more than 8 images), 72 DPI, DUE BY June 18, 2016 to: clgallerybpt@gmail.com

NECESSARY INFO TO INCLUDE WITH SUBMISSION:  Brief artists statement, itemized list of art submitted should include:  title, size, medium, price of work, Works not for sale should include a value rather than a price. Also include artist's contact info: name, email, phone (evening and daytime numbers), mailing address and website if available. 

For more info please email us at: clgallerybpt@gmail.com our website: www.citylightsgallery.org City Lights Gallery, 855 Main St, Bridgeport, CT. 06604 (203) 334-7748
 

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LIVE MUSIC: Daryl Hall & John Oates
Thursday, June 16th
Tickets on Sale Now
Webster Bank Arena
 
Event Description: Multi-platinum selling music artists and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES announced today that they will make their Webster Bank Arena debut in Bridgeport, CT on Thursday, June 16. Mayer Hawthorne is the supporting act for this show, and tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. 
 
“Webster Bank Arena is honored to host and welcome one of the greatest music acts of all time, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Daryl Hall & John Oates to the city of Bridgeport and Fairfield County,” said Webster Bank Arena President Michael Picker. Picker continued, “This show is the perfect way to kick off the summer season, an evening with the legendary #1 selling duo in music history, whose iconic sounds appeal to fans of all ages, then, now and forever.”
 

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LIVE MUSIC: KISS – Freedom to Rock Tour
September 7th
Tickets on Sale Now
Webster Bank Arena
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION: KISS is regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time. They remain one of America's top gold-record champions and have recorded 37 albums over 40 years, selling more than 100 million albums worldwide.
 

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 ON VIEW
 ON VIEW

 

VISUAL ART: DAVILA & DAVILA
On View April 7th to May 13th
City Lights Gallery

855 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION:

A MUST SEE EXHIBIT IN OUR TEMPORARY LOCATION...

Art and place complimenting and contrasting...

Enjoy the counterpoint of subject matter and materials in the 2 person exhibit of husband and wife artists. A master’s eye and touch are evident in the individual works of Jane and Carlos Davila.

Carlos Davila distills elements of ancient forms and motifs into technically precise colorful shapes punctuated with black. His clean yet complex constructions take us on a visual exploration of form, and a quiet journey through time and space. His works are included in the Yale University Art Collection.

Jane Davila incorporates printmaking and quilting in her fiber and mixed media art. A focus on fish, birds and insects as subject matter reflects her fascination and respect for nature. Her prints can be found in many private and corporate collections around the world, including the Lila Acheson Wallace Collection.

The exhibit “Davila & Davila” was an exhibit curator/executive director Suzanne Kachmar has wanted to do for some time. She decided to rearrange her calendar of events and take advantage of the current site because it is designed with a wall of windows facing an impressive edifice that is the epicenter of downtown business. The landmark designed by Richard Meier for People's United Bank enters the viewer's field of vision providing a provocative juxtaposition of scale, architectural elements and simple forms in pastel colors. Part of the idea is to encourage viewers to keep looking at art, design when they leave the gallery space and continue to be aware of it in their daily lives.

The title Davila & Davila is meant to sound like a business firm of lawyers, accountants etc. reminding the greater community that artists are business people, deserving to be treated and compensated as professionals.

More information on Carlos Davila:  http://www.carlos-davila.com/#!sculpture/ctzx    
More information on Jane Davila: http://www.janedavila.com/#!Voices/zoom/c1jsh/i3ehi

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 ARTS ORGANIZATION OF THE MONTH: APRIL 2016

Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County

 

 

NEIGHBORHOOD STUDIOS OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY ANNOUNCES

 ANNUAL GALA ON MAY 1, FEATURING AILEY II DANCE COMPANY

 
Annual Fundraising Event Supporting Arts Education Program to
Honor Robert A. Jacobs at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts
 
       FAIRFIELD, CONN., April 7, 2016 -- Plans are well under way for Neighborhood Studio of Fairfield County’s (NSFC) 2016 Annual Gala that benefits NSFC’s arts education programs, with special emphasis on its three summer camps. The event will take place on Sunday evening, May 1, at Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Westporter Robert A. Jacobs, Chairman of the NSFC Board, is this year’s honoree. The popular fundraiser will feature performers from the world-renowned Ailey II Dance Company.
 
“We’re delighted that the Ailey Company II will be performing at our Gala right after a successful two week run in New York City,” said Harold Levine. Mr. Levine, a long-time Westporter, is Chairman of the Gala and Chairman Emeritus of NSFC. Former Chairman of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company Foundation board, he has been instrumental in involving the world-famous dance group with NSFC in the past, as well as the featured performers in the upcoming event.
 
For more than forty years, Ailey II has merged the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Started in 1974 as the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Ailey II embodies Alvin Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training and community programs for all people. Mr. Ailey personally selected the veteran dancer Sylvia Waters to lead this junior company. As its Artistic Director for 38 years, she developed Ailey II into one of America’s most popular dance companies. In June 2012, Ms. Waters retired and named her longtime associate Troy Powell as the new Artistic Director. With Mr. Powell at the helm, Ailey II continues to thrive as he brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company.
 
The critically-acclaimed Ailey II has a distinctive repertory that has included works by dance masters Alvin Ailey, Talley Beatty, Donald Byrd, Ulysses Dove, George W. Faison, Lar Lubovitch, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle and Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison, who shared stories of her remarkable career when she spoke at Quick Center for the Arts this winter. Gala attendees will be treated to several exciting new dances, as well as REVELATIONS, the Ailey favorite.
 
Organizing this year’s Gala are committee members: Claudia Cohen, of Westport; Cathy Colgan, of  Norwalk; Laurie Gross, of Westport; Beryl Kaufman, of Trumbull; Eileen Wiseman, of Westport, as well as Chairman Harold Levine.
                                                                                                                                                  
Event sponsors include: Alison Wachstein Photography; Barrett Outdoor Communications; Garelick & Herbs; Hearst Newspapers; Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation; Melissa Diamond PR; Moet Hennessey; Moffly Media; Peoples United Bank; and TracyLocke.
 
Tickets range from $40 for students and $75 for general admission, to $150 for preferred seating. VIP seating is $225 and VIP seating and parking is $500. Reception guests at the $225 and $500 ticket levels will be treated to a cocktail hour provided by Garelick & Herbs, which will begin at 5:30. General admission and preferred seating will be available at 6:30.  For additional information and to purchase tickets, call 203-254-4010 or visit www.quickcenter.com
 

 

WHO WE ARE
Neighborhood Studios (NS) offers innovative after-school and summer arts programs to students from kindergarten through post-high school in Bridgeport and its surrounding towns. Neighborhood Studios offers 14 different school year programs and three summer camps at its own facilities and at various local schools. Our programs instill discipline, commitment and independence, which contribute to higher self-esteem and sustained accomplishments that last a lifetime. Neighborhood Studios has taught thousands of children over the years. Due to either economic disadvantage or physical or emotional disabilities, many of those children would not have had the opportunity to experience music and arts without Neighborhood Studio’s existence.

WHAT WE OFFER
Since 1977, Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County (formerly the Music and Arts Center for Humanity) has offered arts education in Bridgeport, Connecticut to children and adults, in particular special needs students, at-risk individuals, and the artistically gifted. Research shows arts education to be an effective way for children to learn and grow.
In 2014 Neighborhood Studios provided arts education to 1500 children in their schools, in after-school programs, at our headquarters, and through our summer programs. Our arts curriculum is specifically designed to improve academic performance, increase graduation rates, and serve as a catalyst for lifelong success. Our programs build discipline, commitment and independence through the arts; fostering each child’s talents, nurturing their success and developing their self-esteem in a fun and creative environment.

 

WHY WE DO IT
The Socio-economic Facts:
  • More than 95% of Bridgeport children are economically disadvantaged.
  • Low-income children in Connecticut public schools are almost four grade levels behind their upper-income peers. This marks the state as having the largest such “achievement gap” in the U.S.
  • In Bridgeport, the median household income is $26,256 compared to the median household income of $74,000 for Fairfield County.
  • Many families and schools in the poorest city of Connecticut can ill afford the benefits of art education programs.
The Benefits of an Arts Education:
  • Students of lower socioeconomic status who took music lessons in grades 8 – 12 increased their math scores significantly as compared to non-music students. In addition, reading, history, geography and even social skills soared by 40%.
  • The College Entrance Examination Board found that students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math than students with no arts participation.
Neighborhood Studios’ Success:
  • Conservatory high school graduation rates top 90% compared to 63% for Bridgeport and 79% for Connecticut statewide.
  • Approximately 60% of Conservatory students go on to receive college degrees as compared to 16% in Bridgeport and 35% in Connecticut.
  • Neighborhood Studios is an accredited member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, the United Way.
  • Neighborhood Studios is the winner of a 2005 Coming Up Taller award presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Neighborhood Studios is a non-profit organization that thrives on the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, and grants from Federal and Local government. Tax deductible donations are our lifeblood, and allow us to offer a wide variety of arts education programs at little or no cost to our participants.
In addition to financial participation, Neighborhood Studios is always looking for talented and committed volunteers to help us working directly with our students as well as in the many critical administration and fund raising activities it takes to help us to continue to positively impact the lives of our students, their families and the community.

LEARN MORE AT: http://www.nstudios.org/
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