Turning Toward the Future
In the summer of 2023, International Ballet received a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission to launch a community outreach program called Project Pirouette. IB partnered with three existing organizations who serve children - Pleasant Valley Connection, Phillis Wheatley Community Center, and Freedom Within Walls at Lead Academy. Thanks to these organiztions along with Church of the Redeemer Episcopal who provided space for Pleasant Valley Connection, we were able to teach beginning ballet classes to over 100 students. The SCAC grant covered the costs to launch and operate the program for 2 months, but we are now seeking to raise $15,000 to continue the program for students at the Phillis Wheatley Community Center and scholarship students who have discovered a passion and would like to continue training at Interntional Ballet in Greer.
Click here to watch the WYFF News Story that ran August 4, 2023 locally and August 7, 2023 nationally on NBC. Thanks to Sydney Shadrix at WYFF!
This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. This project is supported by funding provided to the South Carolina Arts Commission from a partnership with the S.C. Department of Education from American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds.