Tampa, Fla. – Thirty six local organizations have been selected by the Straz Center for the Performing Arts’ Patel Conservatory for its Arts Education School and Community Partnerships Program for the 2016-17 academic year.
Each year, the Patel Conservatory works with under-served area schools, Tampa Bay area agencies, and community organizations by providing high-quality individualized performing arts programming and/or tickets to shows at the Straz Center.
Through applications and interviews with board members, the following organizations were selected:
Advanced partners: Patricia J. Sullivan Elementary School (formerly Metropolitan Ministries Partnership School), Metropolitan Ministries, Inc., Academy Prep of Tampa Bay, St. Peter Claver Catholic School and St. Joseph Catholic School
Intermediate Partners: Firehouse Cultural Center, Inc., Florida Institute for Community Studies, RCMA Wimauma/Leadership Academy, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, B.C. Graham Elementary School, Young Middle Magnet School and Burnett Middle School
General partners: Pyramid, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Inc., Dunbar Elementary Magnet School, Sulphur Springs YMCA, MacDonald Training Center, Seminole High School, Rampello Downtown Partnership Magnet School, Tampa Housing Authority, First Baptist Church of College Hill, Brandon High School, Learning Gate Community School, MacDill Air Force Base Youth Programs and University Preparatory Academy
Affiliate partners: Moffitt Cancer Center – Moffitt Healthy Kids KIDZ Program, Positive Spin, Inc., Weinberg Village Assisted Living Facility, Hillsborough County Department of Family and Aging and University Area Community Development Corporation (UACDC).
Professional Learning Partners: Howard W. Blake High School, Progress Village Middle Magnet School, Orange Grove Middle Magnet School, Muller Magnet Elementary School, Philip Shore Magnet Elementary School and Gibbs High School.
The Arts Education School and Community Partnerships Program is sponsored by Bloomin’ Brands, The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay South Shore Council, MetLife Foundation, Cy and Joanne Spurlino, Tampa Bay Times Fund, Triad Foundation, T. Rowe Price Foundation, JS Turner Family Foundation and Florida Blue.
More information is available by calling 813.222.1040 and at www.patelconservatory.org. The accredited Patel Conservatory offers classes in dance, music and theater for students of all ages and experience levels. Each year, the Patel Conservatory and the Straz Center’s arts education programs enrich the lives of more than 70,000 students in our classrooms, on our stages and through the community.