The Transforming Lives Capital Campaign
Miami City Ballet is pleased to announce the public phase of its comprehensive $55 Million Transforming Lives Campaign. Launched in 2018, the campaign has reached over fifty percent of its goal and is based on four pillars – artistry, community building, education, and organizational capacity – areas identified as critical to further MCB’s ascending reputation as a globally recognized, leading arts organization.
Entering its 35th anniversary season, MCB is at an inflection point. Under the artistic direction of Lourdes Lopez, the Company has experienced a consistent boon in critical acclaim. The Company’s diverse roster of dancers and much of its recent programming are a clear reflection of the vibrant, culturally rich city in which it calls home. The Transforming Lives Campaign will provide vital resources needed to ensure the Company continues its upward trajectory by strengthening its financial footing in the aforementioned areas.
MCB Executive Director Tania Castroverde Moskalenko states, “The Transforming Lives Campaign is one of MCB’s most ambitious and is based on our steadfast belief that the arts transform the lives of all who engage in them, whether you are an artist, student, community member, or patron attending a performance. Under the leadership of Board Chairwoman Kristi Jernigan, our entire board of trustees has done a tremendous job laying the foundation for a successful campaign. It is important for the public to know that every gift makes a difference and that we have implemented a strategic, results-driven approach to carry out our campaign. As an organization, we take great pride in and consider it our responsibility to be trusted stewards in every community we serve in South Florida.”
New funding will allow MCB School to expand its classes and hire top faculty. The Pre-Professional Division attracts talented students from around the globe and today over half of Company dancers are graduates of the School. This campaign will help accommodate a growing student body and increase scholarship awards. MCB aims to make ballet accessible to every student through superior training and proven programs that raise self-esteem, increase problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, and embed a lifelong passion for creativity. Not every student becomes a professional dancer but studying ballet provides essential life skills such as discipline, a strong work ethic, creative and mental flexibility, and a host of other invaluable skills not always found in the academic classroom.
MCB believes that the arts elevate the cities and communities for all who engage in them and truly have the power to transform lives. The campaign will ensure consistent and increased access to high quality dance by partnering with communities bound by physical conditions or geography. And, funding will support families by providing early stage interventions for children with disabilities and at-risk youth. MCB Community Engagement programs are designed to positively influence lives through dedicated, compassionate, life-affirming programs that are rooted in ballet. In return, participants receive innumerous benefits such as increased self-esteem, a safe space for creative expression, opportunities for artistic achievement and advancement, and an overall enhanced sense of well-being.
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