North Texas Giving Day 2020 is here! BATC strives to not only be a neighborhood resource for our community, but we aim to give a voice to everyone.

BATC is seeking support through general operational and capacity funds, along with funding for programming and supplies, to continue serving our community as a neighborhood resource center. Your gift will support our staff and teaching artists in better addressing the specific needs of our constituents, especially our students and seniors, through the innovative and safe programming we have developed during the pandemic. One such example is PatioLive!, which is our free 6-8-week arts enrichment program for seniors hosted on the patios of local aging and independent living centers to maintain social distancing. This program serves to improve cognition and lessen the impact of social isolation.

Below we have listed some examples of what your gift can do:
$50 – Provides masks to 5 students for after-school arts education programs via DISD and beyond
$100 – Covers Teaching Artist fees to bring PatioLive! to 1 aging or independent living center
$250 – Supports sanitation and safety supplies, including hand sanitizer, to safely welcome students
$500 – Covers grant writer fees per grant application to obtain competitive funding for our efforts
$1,000 – Supports 1 week of our Virtual Learning & Enrichment Program, covering dance, movement, music, theatre, life skills and more, for our young learners

Your contribution through North Texas Giving Day will support the items listed above along with many of our other ongoing and upcoming efforts including our community conversations, monologue competition (“Me & My Masks”), and drive-in jazz concerts. We thank you for your contribution today, which will support our 27-year-old legacy of amplifying important stories, addressing prevalent issues, and empowering all ages in our community through the arts.

TESTIMONIALS

“This was just a Godsend.” – Johnice Woods, CBS DFW

“[PatioLive!] means a lot to me, because there’s nothing I can do except go for a walk. It’s been rough. It’s been hard. We do not have anything else going on here at Tyler Street so we look forward to this program… It makes me bubbly. It makes me want to cry.” – Loretta Taylor, Tyler Street Tower Independent Living

“I look forward to Bishop Arts Theatre’s visit every two weeks. The artists are amazing! I have recently taught myself how to play the piano, I have written books, and I love creating visual art. This program reminds me of why I do the things I do.” – Cynthia Starks, Tyler Street Tower Independent Living

“I love to dance so I make sure that I am always available to come [to] hear the music when you visit us.” – Caroline Jones

“For over 12 years, I have known the theatre’s Executive Artistic Director, Teresa Coleman Wash, and I have worked on projects with the Bishop Arts Theatre. Teresa has not only participated in the service projects of the Lions Club, but she has also introduced us all to the Bishop Arts Theatre, which is truly a community theater. The theater has served as a forum for Lions community service projects, play-writing contests, and many other community events for both young and senior members of the community. In addition to providing entertainment, the theater serves as a community resource, provides training in all areas of the theatre, including production, writing, acting, and stage management.” – Carol Donovan, Past President, Oak Cliff Lions Club

“Our collaboration with the Bishop Arts Theatre Center provides us with a new, creative component to our programs. Youth receive hands-on training in set design, script analysis, playwriting, theater, show production and interactive exercises to enhance an imaginative learning experience. Our youth develop a working knowledge of the arts and are mentored by professionals in the field. This partnership allows us to further our mission to empower youth by providing opportunities that are focused on the creative arts. We value our partnership with the Bishop Arts Theatre Center and appreciate their boundless energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to serving the youth in their community.” – Tawanna Rucker, Founder/CEO, TruExpansion Foundation

“Bishop Arts Theatre Center offers valuable arts education programming during the summer and we were glad to be a part of that process. Through our collaboration, we were able to bring new awareness to SPARK! and gain a valuable collaborative partner in the community.” – Lori Carey, Community Engagement Manager, SPARK!

“Over the past three (3) years, it has been my pleasure to see the theatre expand its programming. We have worked collaboratively to bring their clients hands-on science workshops within the context of performing arts. I know from our time working together that we share an understanding of the importance of bringing quality programming to underrepresented populations. Such programs spark interest and enable connections to be made between everyday wonders and the formal classroom, helping learners to develop much needed creative confidence and critical thinking skills.” – Lolani Connolly, (Ph.D.), Director, Science and Engineering Education Center