Local nonprofit seeks to bring culture to kids that need it most

National Arts in Education Week begins Sept. 10 this year, and Act One wants to help people celebrate.

National Arts in Education Week began in 2010 as an effort “to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education.” Act One, a local nonprofit dedicated to bringing meaningful artistic opportunities to students, uses this week to offer museum field trips and culture passes to families that might otherwise be unable to experience the arts.

Geri Wright, executive director for Act One, says it is not just about the art form, but an opportunity to be part of a bigger experience. According to Wright, some children did not know dancing could become a profession until they saw dancers perform.

For some students, says Wright, it is a week of adventure. And for students who have never left their neighborhoods, it has the potential to be a life-changing experience.

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