Support BlackRock's Mission to Expand Cultural Education

About the Project

BlackRock’s mission is to make the arts accessible to all, regardless of socio-economic status. With this in mind, we are bringing youth and family programming to local elementary schools for free and greatly reduced rates. 

On Your Toes
 is an outreach program developed to extend BlackRock’s reach into the community and provides young dancers in low-income neighborhoods with ballet classes that are both affordable and convenient.  Studies show that cost and transportation are obstacles for families who want to involve their children in afterschool activities.  With On Your Toes, we eliminate both of those barriers by sending BlackRock’s professional ballet instructors directly into the schools and charging each student $5 per class, which is just 30% of our normal fee. In 2018, this program serves a total of 62 children at two Upcounty elementary schools.

At the end of the school year these young dancers will perform at BlackRock in our annual Spring Showcase, a performance that is free to the community.  For most of these dancers it will be their first time performing in a professional setting.  Likewise, many of their family members may be visiting a performing arts center for the first time.

As arts programming in schools is scaled back, the need for BlackRock’s outreach classes increases. BlackRock has committed to provide free shows at both Germantown Elementary School and Capt. James E. Daly Elementary School in Germantown.  This past fall, these programs included:

  • POLKADOTS, inspired by civil rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine,a performance shedding light on differences, bullying and acceptance.
  • Creole for Kidz, a dynamic performance centered on the French-speaking Creole people of South Louisiana and the history of zydeco music.  
With your support, we can continue to bring these programs to enrich at-risk and underserved youth of the Upcounty!


Matching Sponsors

We would like to thank our generous sponsors for their support!

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  • Donate $25 or more

    Your donation of $25 will provide art supplies for one class of kids!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $50 or more

    Your gift of $50 will allow one student to participate in the On Your Toes ballet program.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    Your gift of $100 will allow BlackRock to bring a performance to one class at a local elementary school.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $250 or more

    Your gift of $250 will enable BlackRock to put on a performance for several classes at a local elementary school
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $1,000 or more

    Your generous gift of $1000 will fund one ballet instructor to teach a class in the On Your Toes ballet program.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
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