Sofia learned so much during her first field trip with Casa Campbell. She arrived at the shelter a few days before and had since been looking forward to the special outing with her peers to Ballet Arizona’s “The Nutcracker” at Symphony Hall. With the support and collaboration of Free Arts Arizona, 50 children in Southwest Key care had the opportunity to attend the special show. The field trip was comprised of kids from four of our Arizona shelters. For most of the group, this was their first time at a ballet or hearing a live symphony.
Days prior to the performance, Southwest Key teachers taught the children about the traditional Christmas story of the Nutcracker, ballet and of the different types of instruments in the symphony that would also be a part of the performance.
“It was heartwarming to witness this first-time experience for the kids at a performing arts center with a wonderful ballet performance. Kids like Sofia voiced their desire to pursue ballet and shared vivid dreams for their future that were made possible thanks to Free Arts and Ballet Arizona.,” said staff member Horacio Necoechea.
Because of our understanding of the healing power of art, we collaborate with community artist and art organizations to provide opportunities for our kids to experience art at multiple levels.
Read more about art in shelters here.