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This Is What It Looks Like to Change a Child’s Life

On the far side of the indoor basketball court, a line of wobbly-kneed elementary school kids stomps through a sequence of shuffle-step, shuffle-step with their dance teacher clapping time. Their shiny, tiny tap shoes clobber the gymnasium with sounds, their faces an endearing mix of intense concentration and unadulterated joy. Out of context, this line […]

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Patel Conservatory Outreach Program Gives Life Skills to Adults with Disabilities

“I’m Amanda, and my movement is this!” A young woman with long brown hair and a big smile circles her arms.

Their teacher, Patel Conservatory theater education faculty member Sarah Berland, her dark curls bouncing, laughs along with the group, pushing them gently during this theater game to try something new, to express themselves in a different way, to make sure they are following instructions.

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Outreach Spotlight: Opera in Schools

Opera Tampa Singers Ensure Opera’s Future One Aria at a Time “How did you get into opera singing?” “How do you sing so loud without a microphone?” “Do you speak Italian?” “How old were you when you started?” Soprano Kristi Beinhauer beams among a throng of middle school students who rushed her after the opera assembly where […]

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Corporate Donors, Nitrosolutions, Defend Cyberspace and Stand Up for the Importance of the Performing Arts

The team at Nitro Solutions may be in the artificial intelligence business, but they know the real-time smarts behind investing in the performing arts. Take a brewing head cold, the growing menace of cybersecurity threats, a healthy (arguably unhealthy) love of all things Star Wars, and you have the seminal forces behind Tampa’s extraordinary cybersecurity […]

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