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ArtsBridge Foundation develops the whole person by expanding arts education for all students and ensuring access to art for everyone.

On March 21, ABF will host its major fundraiser, the 2020 Denim & Diamonds Overture Gala, at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre to raise support for ongoing education and outreach programming at the Centre.

“We are truly a bridge to the arts. We are the education outreach arm of the CEPAC,” said ABF Executive Director Jennifer D. Dobbs.

ABF provides arts education for students K-12 throughout the state of Georgia and support for educators as well.

Education programming includes field trips, professional development, the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards (also known as the Shuler Awards) and family programming.

Since 2007, Arts Bridge has served over 380,000 students in 67 Georgia counties as well as students from five surrounding states. “We want to impress upon people that we are here for the entire state. We enjoy serving those counties and we want to grow. We want to conduct even greater outreach. We are here for every student: public schools, private schools, charter schools, and homeschools,” Dobbs said.

An important part of ABF’s mission is outreach to Title 1, rural, and underserved communities so that all students have access to the arts despite the ability to pay. “We work hard to remove barriers and provide access to education here,” Dobbs said.

ABF removes barriers by providing financial aid for show tickets, subsidized bus transportation and snack packs to fight food insecurity. All are made possible through donations by individuals, corporations and other organizations in the community.

“It’s about breaking down the barriers, about access to the arts so that arts is not just a luxury experience but really understanding that it’s an essential experience for us as human beings,” said Dr. Angela Farr Schiller, ABF’s director of arts education.

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