A new theatre production, podcasts and more are part of an exciting storytelling project to help Broward residents tackle social justice.
The Community Foundation of Broward is using the power of the arts to bridge differences with support for Art of Community – philanthropy that ignites creativity, invokes community pride and unites residents through the arts.
Thanks to Community Foundation Fundholders who step up for the arts, one of our new Art of Community grants supports “Amplify!Voices4Change” by the Inside Out Theatre Company.
Plans call for a series of community storytelling events that lead to creating an original theatre production – performed by Broward residents – about the prejudice people face.
Through community forums, theatre workshops and podcasts – which will feature residents and community leaders – the project focuses on ways to understand and overcome the prejudice people face based on race, age, religion and gender.
“The goal of the project is to bridge neighborhoods, connect populations, build empathy and foster a sense of belonging,” said Robin Braun, Inside Out Theatre’s Executive Director. “Our project offers many different opportunities and platforms for people to be heard.”
The Inside Out Theatre Company is teaming with the Renegade Theatre Company & Conservatory to broaden the reach of the project.
In February, attendees of the Community Foundation’s Food for Thought online gathering were so impressed by the Inside Out Theatre Company’s proposal that they voted to provide a $10,000 bonus grant to the project. That’s in addition to the $77,500 in Art of Community support already awarded to “Amplify!Voices4Change.”
“It is more important than ever to bring people together,” Robin Braun said. “How do we expand our circle of concern so that when we start to think of others, we understand that they are really part of us?”
“Amplify!Voices4Change” by the Inside Out Theatre Company is one of seven exciting new Art of Community projects that will help answer our community’s call for social justice.
“It’s really the arts that unify us, they heal us, they inspire us,” Community Foundation President/CEO Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D., said. “These programs are going to have an amazing impact on our community.”
Support for the new Art of Community projects came from the following Funds at the Community Foundation:
Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund, Ruth H. Brown Fund for the Arts, Dot and Keith Cobb Fund, Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund, Edward Hashek and John Jors Charitable Fund, Leonard & Sally Robbins Fund, Everett H. Metcalf, Jr. Unrestricted Fund, Mary N. Porter Community Impact Fund, Community Concerts Association of Fort Lauderdale Performing Arts Fund, A Fund for the Performing Arts, Linda and Michael Carter Fund, John D. Ryan Fund, Harold D. Franks Fund, Gary J. Scotto Fund, Discretionary Community Fund, Oakland Park Woman’s Club, Deinhardt Charitable Fund, Ann Adams Fund, The Robert Elmore Family Fund, Maxine Powers Hofert Fund, Peter J. and Mary C. Barbare Fund, Barbara and Michael G. Landry Fund for Broward, Peck Family Fund, Julia C. Baldwin Fund, Frederick W. Jaqua Fund
To learn how you can help support Art of Community and other Issues That Matter to Broward, contact Vice President of Philanthropic Services Nancy Thies at firstname.lastname@example.org or954-761-9503.