ArtsBridge Foundation Brings the Performing Arts to Georgia Students 2

Hundreds of thousands of children living in the South have been able to experience live performing arts because of the ArtsBridge Foundation. This non-profit is the arts education outreach arm of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. It is dedicated to providing quality performing arts education programs designed to engage, motivate and elevate the next generation of artists and arts supporters.

In collaboration with leading regional and national arts organizations, ArtsBridge has paved the way for students and educators from 49 Georgia counties to experience and benefit from the positive power of the arts. Vinings Lifestyle Magazine reached out to Natalie Borrow, Director – Arts Education & Outreach, ArtsBridge at Cobb Energy Centre, to get more information about this important program.

VL: How did the program come about?

NB: ArtsBridge Foundation, the arts education non-profit of Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, began in 2007 at the same time the Centre opened. Since then, ArtsBridge has served over 300,000 students and educators from 49 Georgia counties as well as Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. The mission of ArtsBridge Foundation is to educate, inspire and motivate Georgia’s youth through the arts.

VL: Can you explain some of the work you are doing the 
community currently?

NB: ArtsBridge serves students and educators in grades K-12 from public, private home and cyber schools through four main types of programs. Field Trips expose students to high quality performing arts programs, directly tied to the curriculum. Master Classes & Educational Experiences deliver interactive learning opportunities for students and teachers in all areas of the arts. The Family Performance Series provides the perfect opportunity to introduce young audiences and families to the performing arts through popular children’s programming they already know and love. And our signature program, the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – The Shuler Awards, celebrates excellence in high school musical theatre. This year, we have 75 schools from 28 Georgia counties participating in the Shuler Awards program!

VL: What are your goals 
for Artsbridge?

NB: ArtsBridge is committed to providing affordable arts education programs to students. One of our goals, is to increase financial aid and subsidy support for students and schools in need. We do this through individual, foundation and corporate donations which allow us to keep all tickets prices low and the buses rolling! In addition, we are committed to serving students and educators across the entire state of Georgia so we are focused on expanding our reach, increasing programs and becoming a consistent resource for high quality performing arts education.

For more information, contact Natalie Barrow at nbarrow@cobbenergycentre.com or visit ArtsBridgeGA.org