Our community offering of "THE NUTCRACKER SWEET" grew in impact of participants, from 7 to 12 different communities. This current year, as we work to grow the Board of Directors, and establish Development and Volunteer Coordinators, we are also working to bring our mission's goals to fruition by launching our "PDM 2016 ARTS FUNDING" and Original Works Program initiatives. These will allow individuals, organizations, educators, and groups who are looking for opportunities to continue to pursue their goals, while helping us to pursue ours, another resource for partnership and development. This is yet another tangible way we can work to be a part of as many communities as possible. These relationships will help in giving us opportunities to develop, create, and be a part of an individual's and a communities outreach, education, productions, workshops and volunteerism.
Another reason for the choice of "THE NUTCRACKER SWEET" is not only because of the immediate learning experiences that occur when one is in an environment of learning a "Classic" of any kind, but this in particular, is one of the only ballets that offers opportunities for a variety of age levels and abilities, while encouraging artistry, team work, friendships,goal setting, and potential employment.
To achieve our stated goals we will need the following:
2. Establishing a Volunteer/ Program Coordinator.
PDM PRODUCTIONS was formed in 2012. It originally began as a collaboration of 2 dance studios. Each had a vision to produce a full length production of the full length ballet, The Nutcracker. The name we agreed upon was "THE NUTCRACKER SWEET". Soon it was decided that in order to make this truly a community offering for anyone, whether a dancer, actor, artist of any kind, parent, student, "blue collar", white collar"... anyone, it would need to develop into an organization that was not directly affiliated with any particular studio. An organization where anyone, regardless of their socio-economic background could participate. Where one of the main criteria is that an individual has the "want to", or has ever dreamed of being on stage, or in a production like this. In 2012, once established, it was decided that in order to achieve this we needed to start programs that werenot only directly related and connected to each other, but also had a focus on establishing long term relationships. Hence we developed the plan to literally show the connectivity of full length performances, afterschool programs, and workshops. Furthermore, whether an individual was participating in 1 or all of the offerings, he or she, would have equal opportunity to apply for and qualify to receive financial aid or a scholarship regardless of the socio-economic background. We also realized that in order to build on this foundation, with a primary motivation being the establishment of long term relationships, a major part of the connectivity would need to include partners, sponsors and families to bring our objectives to fruition.
We won't require that a participant have any particular level of training. This will allow the open communication with other organizations so they may feel free to encourage some of their clientele to participate. We won't have a single location for training because this this will afford us the opportunity to develop partnerships with many different individuals in a variety of communities. At the inception, we were connecting with individuals who lived in West End and Fan of the city of Richmond, and a number of Western Henrico county communities. Now we have participants from the North and Southside, of the city of Richmond (with it's varied subsets), along with Western Henrico County, Mechanicsville, Hanover, Chesterfield, and Chester (with their varied subsets). Individuals from over 12 different communities and 7 different dance studios.
The way that I became involved in the arts was that I was asked. The question was, "...would you be interested in training in dance at the School of the Richmond Ballet?" The way I became involved in theatre was that I was asked if I would be interested in...? The way I became involved with other organizations that were involved with schools and afterschool programs was that I was asked if I would be interested in...?
PDM PRODUCTIONS, INC. is motivated by creating opportunities for anyone who may be interested in, and have the "want to"; the willingness and/or desire to try. Just as I didn't know what the outcome would be, I knew that I wanted to try. What I realized is that the arts is a conviction that is involved with all of the "real stuff" of life, every day. Even though the number of participants, so far, has been small in number, each and every individual that participates has given to us such joy because they all want to be in the relationship. There hasn't been one moment of discouragement, because regardless of the program whether THE NUTCRACKER SWEET, the SAS/SCHOOL AFTER SCHOOL! program, a community workshop, and now the launch of the PDM 2016 ARTS FUNDING program, everyone has been there because they wanted to be.
The President of the Board of Directors acts as the Executive Director, but since this position is voluntary there is no compensation.
The ARTS FUNDING initiative is a program designed to develop relationships with individuals, educators, organizations, and groups of all kinds, by providing a funding source, via scholarship opportunities. By us helping others to continue in working to achieve their goals, we will in turn be working to achieve ours. We are reaching as many as we can throughout Central Va., not just those who are in our immediate localities. This program will have far reaching impact because so far, the educational experiences individuals are desiring to participate in are throughout our nation.
The Original Works Partnerships will provide organizations who are looking for ways and opportunities to expand their vision by joining in partnership with us to produce original works for their organization and community. They will be anything from workshops, to full length productions that will provide not only community involvement, but community outreach.
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