ArtsBridge Foundation, the arts education non-profit outreach of Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre,
has served over 300,000 students from 54 Georgia counties as well as Alabama, Florida, South Carolina
and Tennessee. With a mission to educate, inspire and motivate Georgia’s youth through the arts,
ArtsBridge is committed to providing high quality performing arts experiences for students of all ages.
ArtsBridge programs include Field Trips to Cobb Energy Centre for performances by leading national and
international artists, the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – The Shuler Awards, which celebrate excellence in high school musical theatre programs, master classes and the ArtsBridge FamilyPerformances Series.
This week, Amy Selby of Cobb County Chamber of Commerce and I hosted Natalie Barrow, Director of Arts Education & Community Outreach, for the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre’s ArtsBridge Foundation. She shared great information about the ways she and her team are working to foster the arts for our community, particularly for our young people.
She explained the value of arts education in overall academic performance, with students who participate in developing artistic expression, skills, and thinking demonstrating higher achievement than peers who do not. We talked about how the variety of innovative services they offer require significant financial resources to be able to sustain them.
The ArtsBridge is actively seeking partners in the philanthropic community, be it with enterprises or individuals/families, to be able to maintain, and indeed grow the reach and extent of services they can provide.
Natalie Barrow, Director of Arts Education & Community Outreach, ArtsBridge Foundation
Amy Selby, VP Marketing & Communications, Cobb County Chamber of Commerce