Ballet Arizona was recently awarded a generous grant from the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation to continue providing free arts engagement to patrons across Maricopa County.
The grant will support Ballet Arizona’s flagship community engagement program, Ballet Under the Stars, which provides free ballet performances in four parks throughout the Phoenix metro area for more than 15,000 people annually, according to a press release.
Ballet Under the Stars makes ballet easily available to underserved populations by eliminating barriers such as distance, the cost of tickets, or the difficulty of travel due to a physical disability, the release said.
“We are thrilled to receive such a tremendous investment in this program from the Halle Family Foundation,” said Ballet Arizona Executive Director Samantha Turner in a prepared statement.
“The Foundation allows us to fulfill our mission by bringing the beauty of ballet out into our community for those that might not otherwise get to experience it. We are so grateful to them for helping us make our community a more vibrant place.
This program is a point of pride for Ballet Arizona, as we are among only a few in the nation that produce grand productions of this scale and offer them to attendees free of charge to give back to our community. The echoes reverberate far and wide across the Valley in appreciation for this metropolitan tour.”
Ballet Under the Stars will occur in September and will travel to different parks in the Valley, including Tempe, Goodyear, and Phoenix, the release said.
The Halle Foundation, a “generous and ongoing supporter of Ballet Arizona for many years,” is headed by Diane Halle, who seeks to strengthen the daily opportunities and lifelong outcomes for the people and communities of Arizona, the release added.