As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, The Center for Contemporary Dance annually reaches thousands of people of all ages, races, abilities and economic backgrounds through public performances, dance education programs and active community outreach. Tuition and ticket revenue provides less than 30% of our annual operating budget—in order to continue expanding our artistic and educational endeavors, we depend on the generosity of private donors like you.
To produce the Next Generation of concert dancers and musical theatre artists.
A five-time winner of prestigious awards for Excellence in Dance from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Center for Contemporary Dance has indisputably defined Central Florida’s next generation of dance culture, pioneering the explosion of contemporary dance in the area.
Founded in 2001, The Center for Contemporary Dance functions as a nonprofit dance education, incubation and production center that cultivates the future of concert dance and musical theatre in the area. As a leading Florida cultural organization, the School annually educates 400+ emerging artists, including 100 international students, in their development as the stage artists of tomorrow.
Since 2011, The Center for Contemporary Dance has been recognized by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education for its state-wide contributions to dance education. Each year, the organization additionally serves over 5,000 Florida public school children through curriculum-based performances, lecture-demonstrations and arts education workshops that further foster the next generation of audiences and artists. Since 2008, 25,000+ Florida Title I public school students across 5 counties have been enriched and educated by the organization’s programs.
And over the past 15 years, the organization’s Residency Program has advanced contemporary dance in the area by supporting students and seasoned artists in the creation and presentation of more than 250 new dance works, including those by Moore Dance Project, Dawn Branch Works, Coby Project, Patelworks Dance Theater, Tajma, Mary Love Dance Projects and many more. Each season, 5,000+ residents and visitors attend the organization’s professional, pre-professional and student performances, from intimate choreographer’s showcases featuring local and visiting contemporary dance makers, to main stage productions that include innovative world premieres.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Winner of a 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Award from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, The Center for Contemporary Dance upholds Diversity and Inclusion as an unbending core value, ensuring that programs and opportunities are available to people of all backgrounds, abilities and cultures. Our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion empowers us to achieve the following:
Organizational Development: Embracing new ideas, populations, challenges and perceptions facilitates theexpansion of organizational ideals and allows us to effectively meet the needs of people from all walks of life. Example of Success: Our receptivity to new challenges made it possible for us to learn from and work with adoptive families of two students formerly in foster care; both students emerged from traumatic backgrounds, leaving them completely nonverbal. Through dance, and with lots of support, these children are now flourishing as successful communicators, emerging artists and outstanding academic students.
Artistic Excellence: Welcoming artists and students from all backgrounds and abilities contributes to the creation of rich works and education experiences that resonate more profoundly with audiences because they accurately reflect the diversity of our community. Example of Success: Since its inception, the organization has produced no less than 130 works that showcased artists from diverse populations, including the deaf and blind, those with unique abilities and those from African-American, Asian, Native American and Hispanic cultures. Over the course of its history, the organization has received multiple prestigious awards from United Arts of Central Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts for its excellent and diverse work.
Economic Prosperity: Demonstrable commitments to Diversity and Inclusion encourage greater community involvement in our programs and wider-scale support of both our work and the businesses that surround us. Example of Success: When attending place-based programs, patrons of The Center for Contemporary spend an average of $45 per week at niche businesses, contributing more than $600,000 each year to Central Florida’s economic prosperity. Greater than 45% of the organization’s patrons and supporters are non-Caucasian.
Here are a few of our major accomplishments over the past year:
- Provided a superior education in dance and musical theatre for 400 diverse students, including 15 children living in foster care; 100% of students gained new skills in the performing arts.
- Reached 5,000 ethnically-diverse students, 80% of whom participate in free and reduced school lunch programs, from Title I public schools through workshops, performances and residencies; 98% of students made improvements in academics and overall focus as a result of participation in the organization’s arts education programs.
- Delivered ongoing enrichment classes to 25 children living full-time in local homeless shelters; 98% of participants made improvements in academics, behavior and overall well-being.
- Supported ongoing dance education at reduced or no cost to 25 students with special needs; 100% of participants made improvements in communication of emotion, social skills and overall well-being.
- Presented 5 outstanding works to sold-out houses that included artists with disabilities and those of minority descent; 100% of the more than 1,000 audience members surveyed stated they would return to future events.
OUR ANNUAL GIVING GOAL
Raise $125,000 in private donations by December 31, 2017 to support our 2017 capacity-building goals, allowing us to create greater community access to our teaching methods, programs and diversity models.
HOW WE’LL USE YOUR DONATION
Your tax-deductible gift will be used to support the organization’s 2017 Capacity-Building Plan (view a schematic of the Plan), which will amplify our ability to reach more students, audiences and donors just like you, who believe in the value of our nonprofit work and commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in the arts. Your gift directly supports:
- The expansion of place-based programs for students with special needs and at-risk youth
- The expansion of off-site programs at Title I schools for students from low-income families
- The implementation of the 2017 Marketing Plan, designed to expand our reach to diverse students, audiences and donors
- Space improvements and upgrades that will allow the organization to further improve safety standards and create even more remarkable experiences for our valued guests
- Support the presentation of new works from professional artists, including works inspired by African-American history that inspire and educate young audiences.
Please consider joining us in our mission by making a tax-deductible contribution today. Kindly designate the program you’d like to support when making your gift. All undesignated gifts are automatically placed into The General Operating Fund to subsidize activities most in need of support.
Contributions to The Center for Contemporary Dance are tax-deductible and gifts of all amounts make a difference. Thank you for your support!
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