Community Outreach is a significant part of the Valley Academy for the Arts mission. Through community outreach our instructors and students have an opportunity to bring the art and beauty of ballet to those that cannot make it into our studios and provides performance opportunities for our instructors and students. Our students gain valuable performance experience and earn services hours towards high-school graduation.
A few of our community outreach endeavors have included:
- Wilson Elementary School in Neenah as part of the after school high risk program. We teach after school classes to preschool through elementary level children( a 2 year collaboration and continuing) through the TCCES ( Twin Cities Catholic Education System) (5 year collaboration and continuing)
- Our students perform 3-4 full length ballets at a variety of Nursing homes throughout the year.
- Nutcracker in the castle in collaboration with the Paine Art Center in Oshkosh, WI.
- Performances provided during the July 4th Community Fest in Neenah, Wisconsin- an ongoing 14 year collaboration with the City of Neenah
- A Very Neenah Christmas – an ongoing 12 year collaboration with the City of Neenah.
- Lake Arts Project collaboration with regional artists, select high school art programs, and dancers and choreographers from Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet School and Valley Academy for the Arts.
- Valley Academy for the Arts provides teaching resources and dance space for the Neenah Parks and Recreation Dance Program. Please contact the Neenah Parks and Recreation Department at 920-886-6060 for class information.
Highlands Retirement Community
Our most recent community outreach was a FREE performance for the residents and staff at the Highlands Retirement Community at Mueller Park in the city of Neenah, WI. Sixteen of our students participated in the performance to rave reviews from the residents and staff. Thank you to the Valley Academy for the Arts students and their parents who dedicated time for rehearsal and volunteered their time for the performance. The residents and staff at Highlands are grateful!